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ZRIM, Franc

ZRIM, Franc

Franc Zrim
1932 – 2017

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Franc Zrim. Franc passed away peacefully on November 8, 2017 in Kelowna, BC at the age of 84. Franc was born November 26, 1932 in Matjasevci, Slovenia to Franc and Rozalija.

He married Slavica (Sylvia) Lukovnjak on October 6, 1956. They immigrated to Canada on April 14, 1958 to Edmonton, AB. Franc worked for Western Arch Rib, and Veitch Brothers and Partition Systems, both of Edmonton, AB. He retired in October of 1988 and he and Sylvia moved to West Kelowna, BC. Franc was an originating member of the Slovenian Canadian Association of Edmonton. He was enthusiastically involved with the Slovenian Society of the Okanagan and was involved with Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in West Kelowna. He enjoyed fishing, mushroom picking, gardening, wine making, hunting, dancing and international travel. Franc was a wonderful musician, known for his talent for the accordion. He was chosen to play for the opening and closing ceremonies for the Commonwealth Games in August of 1978 as well as the visit of Pope John Paul II in Edmonton on September 16, 1984.

Franc was predeceased by his parents; Franc and Rozalija and his brother Carl. He will be missed by his wife of 61 years Slavica of West Kelowna, daughter Nada Zrim Smentek of Kelowna, son Frank Zrim (Lana) of Edmonton, brothers; Steve (Maria) of Edmonton, Herman (Emma) of Australia, sisters; Hilda (Polde) of Slovenia, Rezka of Slovenia, Helena (Tony) of Slovenia, his grandchildren; Jason of Kelowna, Stephanie of Edmonton, Aaron of Edmonton, Tyler of Edmonton, many nieces and nephews and cousins as well as extended family and friends.

We would like to thank Dr. McIntosh and the staff of Kelowna General Hospital for the care they provided for Franc.

Visitation and Prayers will be held from 6:00pm – 7:00pm Tuesday November 14, 2017 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in West Kelowna. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00am Wednesday November 15, 2017 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in West Kelowna with interment to follow at Westbank Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society www.cancer.ca.

Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.hansonsfuneral.ca

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Condolence Messages
  • Nov 14, 2017
    Dear Slavica and Family,
    So sorry to hear of Frank's passing. Louie and I and Edmonton Slovenian community are thinking and praying for you at this difficult time. Our deepest sympathy to you Slavica and all family. He will be deeply missed and remembered by all of us, for his smile and his help with the cultural activity, specially with dancing group. Thank you Frank.
    Louie & Maria Raj
  • Nov 13, 2017
    Dear Sylvia and family. We were so sorry to hear the passing of our long time neighbour Franc. Franc was a quiet and friendly gentleman who kept his house and yard in immaculate condition. Always had a kind word to greet you. We will miss him very much. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
    Kathy and Tun Wong
  • Nov 10, 2017
    So sorry to hear of Franc's passing, Sylvia. It was always a pleasure when he would stop for a chat as he strolled through the neighborhood. He proudly taught me to speak a few words in Slovenian, and I proudly would greet him with a 'dober dan, Franc'. That always brought a big smile.
    Our prayers and best wishes are with you, Sylvia, and with your family.
    Na zdravje, Franc!
    Susan and Greg Sanger
  • Nov 10, 2017
    Dear Sylvia and family,
    I was deeply saddened to learn of Franc's passing. I have known you both for many years and I will always remember the nice times we had together with Frank playing his accordion. Franc was such a pleasant, witty man with a great sense of humor and of course a brilliant accordion player. We will all miss him.
    Rest in peace, Franc, and thanks for the beautiful music.
    Deepest, sincere condolences.
    Martha (Neumann) Selcho & Walter