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RENSHAW, Frank

RENSHAW, Frank

Frank Renshaw passed away peacefully in the company of his wife Maria on Saturday Sept. 14, 2019. Frank will be forever remembered by his loving wife Maria and his two children Nicki (Chris) and David. He’ll also be sadly missed by all his family in Canada especially his nephews, nieces and their children. Frank was pre-deceased by his granddaughter Jodi whom he loved dearly during the short few years of her life, and by his brother Michael.

His love for Sheffield Wednesday FC was second only to his love for Maria. Had the refs not been blind, the Owls would’ve remained in the Premiership and he may never have left England. And of course his patriotic devotion to Yorkshire was as deep as the mist is thick on the Ilka Moor. A reight Dee Dah!

He was a Yorkshireman to the core, getting up half an hour before he went to bed to work 29 hours at mill, and pay the owner for the privilege! But that gave him a zest for life and an irrepressible sense of humour that would make even the grumpiest curmudgeon smile. Frank was a joy to have around any gathering. He loved a good prank and the infamous plastic doggy doodoo will be forever remembered by his relatives in Calgary. He was quick with a good nickname, many of which are still in use decades after they were coined. (Random, Chewy) And as a devotee of British humour, he exposed many of his Canadian relatives to the Two Ronnies, Black Adder and Mr. Bean long before they were a thing on this side of the pond. A cunning plan indeed!

Frank also loved to travel and he and Maria have visited almost every corner of the globe, enjoying all the sights, smells and gastronomic delights that were on offer. And while he loved to experience new cuisines he also liked to cook them up himself, especially if he could combine his cooking with a dinner party or some other gathering. There were innumerable meals and parties at the house in Manor Close and he continued the tradition in Canada as he and Maria built up a whole new network of close, and well-fed friends, in West Kelowna. And after dinner was over, the card games soon followed - which Frank seemed to always win. He always maintained that his lucky streak had nothing to do with his insistence to keep score.

Frank was a mentor to many and whether it was sage business advice or the secret to a great Paella, he loved to share his knowledge to help others.

The family would especially like to thank Dr. Roy Maroney for his amazing care who treated a very special man with such dignity and kindness.

The family also thanks the entire medical staff at KGH for their outstanding support and professionalism. Everyone truly went above and beyond with their compassion and kindness - we are forever grateful.

Donations in Frank’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.


Condolence Messages
  • Sep 28, 2019
    We hope you can sense the caring thoughts & prayers that surround you, from the many of us who are appreciative of the time which you and Frank shared with us at Probus over the years. We personally did not know him long but what an inspirational"punch of energy and humor" he lent to our club. May it always lighten your heart a bit when you are among us Maria. sincerely, Geri & Blair Taylor
  • Sep 26, 2019
    Maria, we are so sorry to hear about Frank. His wit and humor along with his kindness will be missed.
    With sympathy,
    Terry and Helen Wilson
  • Sep 23, 2019
    Frank was such a wonderful man. I will treasure my memories of him and his happy disposition. I am so glad he passed through my life to be etched in my memory bank of great moments in life. Big hug to you Maria.
    Anjy Bonten
  • Sep 23, 2019
    Dear Maria:
    Frank was delightful to work with as a member and President of Westside Probus. He will be greatly missed. You have my deepest sympathy.
    Joyce Springate
  • Sep 23, 2019
    Maria,
    Frank was a very fun loving guy. I am so fortunate to have known him he will be missed!
    Deepest sympathy,
    Irene St Laurent
  • Sep 23, 2019
    Maria:
    We have been holding you and Frank in our prayers throughout the year; and hold you in our hearts and prayers today. We have lost a bright and unforgettable star, but his memories will long continue. We hale from the same area, and Frank confided that his favourite teacher who assured his access to higher learning was Miss Martha Worral!
    Carmel & David Worrall
  • Sep 23, 2019
    All Frank's contribution to our Westside Probus Group will be gratefully remembered. Frank was full of whit and always had a twinkle in his eyes. My condolences to Maria and family.
    Wilma Griffin
  • Sep 22, 2019
    Maria I am very sorry to hear about Frank's passing, I really enjoyed it when you and him worked for the Kelowna Ambassadors at the airport, he was a big asset to our program. Abby Sones
  • Sep 22, 2019
    He was a bright spark and will be missed. Diane Draffin
  • Sep 21, 2019
    Maria and family, I am so sorry for this great loss you are experiencing. Frank was a lovely man and I'm sorry he's gone.
    With deepest sympathies
    Christine Konrad
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