February 12, 1943 – August 28, 2021
Frank passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at the age of 78. Born in Apeldoorn, NL on February 12, 1943. Married in ’69 to Nan (nee Gibson), father to Jason, Greg (Alicia), Marja (Ryan); Opa to Nick, Thomas, William and Arwen.
Survived by sisters Elsie Paynter, Mieke Beck, nieces Kristin Kotze, Lisa Bly, cousin Marya Nyland, and numerous relatives in the Netherlands.
Frank is predeceased by his parents, Teunis and Hanny Koldewijn who immigrated with their family to Vancouver in 1954. His gentle spirit and beautiful smile will be remembered by family and friends.
Frank graduated from Magee High School (’61); received UBC BSc (’64) and BArch (’70). He worked as an architect in Vancouver until retirement.
Frank and Nan raised their children in the Dunbar area of Vancouver before moving to Comox in 2017. He coached his daughter’s Dunbar Soccer teams ’83-’89 (Cheetahs, Crickets, Dynamos), and loved photography, watercolour painting, hiking, swimming, Dunbar CC birding & badminton groups, and walking his dogs in the endowment lands.
Frank was an elder at Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church. Friends were remembered and treasured by Frank throughout his dementia journey. Those memories were not taken from him.
We are thankful for the excellent programs of the BC Alzheimer’s Society, the Vancouver Older Adult Mental Health & Addictions, and Crossreach Day Program. We are deeply grateful to Glacier View Lodge who provided Frank a safe home since 2017 and we thank each of the staff members for their sensitive and respectful care.
We will gather in the future when Covid numbers decrease. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Frank’s memory to Glacier View Lodge, 2450 Back Rd, Courtenay, BC V9N 8B5.
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