With great sorrow we announce the passing of our dear father, Frank William Kolynchuk, on Thursday, March 1, 2007.
Dad was born March 5, 1935 in Mine Centre, Ont. to the late Peter and Polly Kolynchuk. He was raised in Mine Centre, working the family farm, occasionally working in bush camps, and then began his career with the CN Railway, following in his father’s footsteps.
On Nov. 5, 1960, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth “Betty” Fisher. Living in both Winnipeg, Man. and Mine Centre, he continued to work for the CN and raise a family.
After moving to Fort Frances, Ont., Dad received his Ontario Police College Diploma on Dec. 18, 1969 and began working with the Fort Frances Police Department.
In April, 1975, he left policing and became a welder at the Fort Frances mill until his retirement in 1995. Upon retirement, Dad returned to Mine Centre, the home of his heart, where he spent the rest of his life.
Although Dad took up residence in many places, he always returned to Mine Centre. It was where his heart began and will remain. He loved music of all kinds, but most will remember his serenades with the accordion.
Dad loved nature, spending many a day fishing, hunting, blueberry picking, gathering mushrooms, and bird-watching. He could have lived off the land.
He also enjoyed keeping track of the deer and wolves crossing the ice over Turtle Lake in the winter months. He befriended the animals; he had a fox and a raven that visited him often and he spoke to them.
Dad was predeceased by his father, Peter, in 1990; mother, Polly in 1993; sister, Lil Hromek in 2004; and nephew, Clarke Gillingham in 1967.
Dad’s heart never fully repaired after the passing of Mom in October, 2004 and their dear black lab, Zeke, in 2005.
Dad is survived by his sister, Anne (Don) Gillingham of Newport, N.S.; brother, John (Ilean) Kolynchuk of Melville, Sask.; and brother-in-law, Joe Hromek of Saskatoon, Sask.
He also is survived by brothers-in-law, Bob Fisher (Paula) of Winnipeg, Man. and John (Shar) Fisher of Nonalu, Ont., whom he loved like sons; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Left behind are his pride and joy, his four beautiful daughters, their husbands, and his grandchildren: Kathleen, Ian, and Carney McConnachie of Dryden, Ont., and Rosemarie, Don, and Steven Beck; Sandra, Larry, Shane, and Shilo Beck; and Laura and Gary Lockman, all of Fort Frances, Ont.
His extended family, the community of Mine Cente, will miss him dearly. As well as hunting and fishing buddies, Oddfellow members, bowling league friends, and people he met along the way through the railway, policing, and working at the mill.
Friends are invited to visit with family on Thursday, March 8, 2007 from 1-3 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances. Cremation has taken place, and a private family interment will be at a later date.
Honourary pallbearers will be Ian McConnachie, Don Beck, Larry Beck, Gary Lockman, Steven Beck, Shane Beck, Carney McConnachie, and Shilo Beck.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the “Just Imagine” campaign, 110 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, ON, P9A 1B7 or Friends of the Animals, Box 545, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M9.
Daddy Where Are You?
Look at the sky,
smell the air,
Feel the rain,
Hear the wind.

Are you in the trees?
Is that you, the eagle flying high?
Those deer tracks, did you pass this way?
Caught sight of a wolf, was that you watching over me?

Return to the arms of your loving wife,
Fly, run, do what you must,
You both will sit with your best friend,
Arm in arm watching over us.