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FRANK M. DEELEY (published on September 19, 2011)



FRANK M. DEELEY 1935 - 2011 It is with great sadness the family of Frank Mitchell Deeley announce his peaceful passing at Grace Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 75 on Thursday, September 15, 2011. Frank is survived by: his loving wife Helen of 55 years; sons: Robert, James, Christopher; grandchildren: Trevor, Jennifer, Leah, Shelby, Joshua, Nova; and great-grandsons: Lucas and Keaton; brother Richard (Joylynn); sister June Berg (Leif) and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Frank was predeceased by parents, Frank (1984) and Mary (2000) Deeley. Born October 5, 1935, Frank grew up on Prince Rupert Avenue in East Kildonan. He began working in 1945 at Colter Brothers Market Garden, in 1954 went to Dominion Motors and worked as a tow truck driver before moving to Shoemaker Mackenzie as an Electrical Apprentice completing his apprenticeship obtaining his Red Seal (July 17, 1958). Frank joined the Winnipeg Fire Department December 16, 1958 as a fire fighter, promoted to Fire Prevention Officer May 31, 1981 and Retired September 23, 1989, as Senior Fire Prevention Officer after 30 years and nine months of service. One of Frank's greatest joys as a child and adult were model airplanes; this passion was shared with many people across North America and especially with the members of WHAM (Winnipeg Headingley Aero Modellers). Frank and Helen often travelled to various competitions and shows. Camping played an important role in Frank's life beginning with the purchase of a truck for $1.00 then turning it into the family's first RV over one winter in the basement of their home. Frank and Helen were one of the founding Families of the Winnipeg Wandering Wheels Trailer Club. Later after the call of the wandering wheels waned, Frank and Helen enjoyed lake life at Twin Beaches from the late 1970s and continued at Longbow Lake in Ontario until 2010. Frank was a member of the Kinsmen Refit Centre for 30 years, enjoyed his attendance and the friendships he made with people from all walks of life. Special thanks and a deep debt of gratitude to the Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service, Dr. Boroditski and the staff at Kildonan Medical Centre, Dr. Jeremy Lipschitz, Margaret, and his surgical team, the nurses on H3, the amazingly gifted emergency staff at the Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Gingerich, his nurses and all the staff at CancerCare Manitoba (St. Boniface Hospital), everyone at the Grace Hospice for their amazing care and human touch that they provided to Frank and his family during this difficult challenge. You all truly have a special gift. In lieu of flowers, it was Frank and his family's wish that donations be made to the Winnipeg Fire Fighters Burn Fund, The Grace Hospice or to CancerCare Manitoba in remembrance of him. A memorial service will be held Friday, September 23, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Westwood Community Church, 401 Westwood Drive., Winnipeg Manitoba. A private family interment will take place at a later date. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel Lawn www.chapellawn.mb.ca 885-9715


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