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BOTHE, Frank

BOTHE, Frank

July 23, 1951 - March 10, 2023

Frank. Dad. Papa. Pimo.

We are saddened to announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Frank Bothe on March 10, 2023. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. Frank was predeceased by his parents; sister, Laura Fallu; and nephew, Rick Fallu.

Frank is survived by his loving wife Candi Bothe (née Costa); his children, James Bothe and Amanda Carson (Cory); as well as his grandchildren, Lindsay and Joel Armstrong; his brother-in-Law, Don Fallu; sister and brothers-in-law, Olinda & Andre Ferreira and Carnation & Robert St. Amand; as well as many nieces, nephews, and numerous cousins. Frank especially enjoyed the company of his cousins, who treated him more like a brother than a cousin.

Frank was born to Ewald and Linda Bothe, on July 23, 1951, in Heikendorf, Germany. He was a construction worker who loved his family, often expressing that love through his selflessness and good-hearted nature.

Frank immigrated with his family at the tender age of one month to Weyburn, Saskatchewan, later moving to Oak Lake, Manitoba, and finally to Kelowna, BC in 1957.

Frank started his construction journey as a young man, initially learning to paint as a teenager, and later as a carpet layer. His determination and work ethic continued as he worked his way to become foreman and superintendent on multiple projects across the city, province, and elsewhere. Frank loved his career and was especially proud of his achievements, regularly bringing his work home, enjoying it so much that he would often dream about it at night.

In the summer of 1971, Frank met the love of his life and soul mate, Candida "Candi" Costa. Frank and Candi were married on June 8, 1974. They spent 48 years together laughing, travelling, and making memories of a lifetime.

Frank loved spending time with family and friends, never missing the opportunity to socialize. Although he was a quiet man, he was always in the midst of every celebration. When he was at home, he preferred to be surrounded by family playing Gin Rummy, Crib, Monopoly, and watching the news (with his eyes closed). He was always first to volunteer to run errands and "Uber" family members all across town.

Frank loved skiing, golf, cards, and travelling. Among his travels were Turkey, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, France, Mexico, Thailand, Hawaii, and New York City. His best travel experiences were with his children to California, and hockey trips with his son, James, to anywhere in the Pacific NorthWest.

Frank was an avid sandwich maker, snack aficionado, and beer and wine connoisseur. His generosity was first extended to whichever kids happened to be in the vicinity. Even though he first ensured the kids' sweet tooth was satiated, he was first to greet any adult who walked through the doors with a drink of their choice - to which he also seized the opportunity to grab one (or more) for himself.

His passing has left an indelible mark on the family which will never be fully healed. He was the family’s steadfast rock and will be forever missed.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, www.heartandstroke.ca.

A Celebration of Life will be held on MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2023, at 1:00 PM (PDT), at SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME (2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC). Interment will take place at 2:30 PM, at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery (1991 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, BC). A reception will follow.

If you are unable to attend the service in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

To view the Livestream/recording or send the family condolences, please visit his obituary page at www.springfieldfuneralhome.com (or click the direct link with his name in it, just below).

Link: www.springfieldfuneralhome.com/obituaries/bothe-frank
Condolence Messages
  • Mar 23, 2023
    Candi and family,
    Sending you my sincere condolences to you and your family through this difficult time. I hope you will find peace in your heart and cherish your memories. I will always remember my Dad rushing out the door cause he was off to split a sandwich with Frank on Saturdays. Sending you big hugs.
    Sharon Moss - Sharon Moss
  • Mar 23, 2023
    candi and family thinking of you at this time!!! i am here if you need anything. our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. joanne swain - Graham and Joanne Swain
  • Mar 19, 2023
    Hi Candi, we didn't meet but I was very sad to learn about Franks passing. Frank and I worked together at The Revelstoke Dam project when our families were much younger. He was more than a good partner on the job. We were friends, golfing buddies after work and commuted together for a time on the long drives each week. He was a great guy and I always hoped to run into him again when in Kelowna. I am sorry for you and your family's loss. - Ed Kinnear
  • Mar 19, 2023
    I knw Frank from his time as General foreman on several Capri hotel projects
    He was a Tradesmans tradesman who could actually both “”Talk the talk AND walk the walk”
    I am honored to have known a person off his character and learning albeit for a brief time
    Rob Stearns
  • Mar 19, 2023
    My condolences to the Bothe family, I worked with Frank on several projects over the years, he was a great guy. - Hugh Westen
  • Mar 18, 2023
    Candi; My Condolences on the death of your husband.
    Marie Loyst Ablett - Marie Ablett
  • Mar 18, 2023
    Candida and family.
    We are deeply sorry of the loss of Frank, got to know him a bit working in Construction a few years with him. He was a very likeable guy, RIP Frank …..
    Fernie & Linda Goncalves - Fernie Goncalves
  • Mar 18, 2023
    Dear Candi and family.
    Ricci and I are grieved to hear of Frank's passing. I trust that you will find strength
    and peace in God's grace as you face the days ahead. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Take solice in the wonderful memories and the good times you shared together. - Ed and Ricci Tonn
  • Mar 18, 2023
    Candi and family. I’m am sorry for your loss. Frank was one of the kindest person to all who new him. I’m sure he will be missed by many in the community. I will never forget the 2018 Bothe open King of the course at Michelbrook. Or afternoon beers at the Gator. Saturday lunches at the girls table (as I called it) with all the guys. I’m sure Frank and Brian are golfing and having a pint together right now. You will be greatly missed. See you over the rainbow my friend. Les Longacre (the hottub guy)
  • Mar 18, 2023
    Candi, James, and Amanda, I am so very sorry. Frank was a very Special Man who loved is family so very much. He will be missed by many who were fortunate enough to have known him.
    Rest in peace
    - Reagan Krivsky
  • Mar 17, 2023
    Was fourtunate to meet frank when i started my apprentice ship in1987 worked with him on many projects . Great guy . Great teacher. Great meantor .andAlways a joker . Sadly missed . J schafer - JasonSchafer
  • Mar 17, 2023
    My sincere condolences to the family.I worked with/for Frank on many projects from Big White to the Lakefront, he always treated us fair and with respect.Frank will be missed RIP
    Kelly Robertson-Winn Rentals - Kelly Robertson
  • Mar 16, 2023
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Although I have not seen him for many years, I remember Frankie as a quiet person, always there to help if needed. He was a neighbor and a second cousin. RIP Sylvia (Skyschus) Beckett and Rick Beckett. - Sylvia Beckett
  • Mar 16, 2023
    Candi and family: Our deepest condolences to you on Frank's passing. We remember him from our high school days as a great guy who cared about others. - Karen and Gerry Tonn
  • Mar 16, 2023
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Our condolences to the Bothe family It’s been awhile since I have worked with Frank but have many fond memories and shared lots of laughs with him he was a great guy . He will be sorely missed rest in peace Frank . Len Bevaart
  • Mar 16, 2023
    My dearest friend Candi, I am sending my condolences and so much love to you and your family at this most sadness moment of the passing of Frank , such a loved wonderful man Love and hugs to you Candi and your wonderful family - Wendy Orr
  • Mar 16, 2023
    Candi and family I'm so sad to hear of Franks passing we worked together on many construction sits he was the best we ever worked with his great knowledge of construction and personality was great and a true gentleman' Frank Loyst - Frank Loyst
  • Mar 16, 2023
    Candi and family.
    So sorry to hear of Frank's passing. Our hearts go out to you with such a huge loss of a great man. He is already missed.
    Bart Dorssers and staff. - Bart Dorssers
  • Mar 16, 2023
    Candi and family, so sorry to hear of the passing of Frank. We has some great times when ours sons played hockey together. My condolences Georgia Wiltse - Georgia Wiltse
  • Mar 15, 2023
    Sending my heart felt condolences to Candi and family , I was very sad to here about Frank he was always a super nice guy and will be missed - Barb Favali
  • Mar 15, 2023
    Candi and family. Our sincere condolences to all of you. We never know when God needs us, but it is promised that all of us will be taken care of in heaven. It would be truly great if only we could understand why, how and why. Love to all. David and Elsie St Amand and family - Elsie St Amand
  • Mar 15, 2023
    Dear Candi, James, Amanda and all the family....I was so saddened to hear of Frank's illness and then his sudden passing. He was a good man in all aspects of his life. I know he cared deeply for his family and did many good things for you all to remember him by. Please accept my sincerest and deepest condolences on his passing. It came as a great shock to me as well......Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers....Charlotte A
  • Mar 15, 2023
    So sad.. Frank was a special friend and just a good guy.. over the years we spent alot of time together .. even at Gyro Beach
    He was such a common sense guy
    He will be missed
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you
    Domenic and Lina Rampone - Domenic Rampone
  • Mar 15, 2023
    Deepest Condolences To You & Your Family Candi. A couple of Our Greatest Memories Growing Up in Our Teens was Going to the Waterslide in Osoyoos & of Course Your Wedding to Candi, We Definitely had Great Times. So Sorry Candi for Your Loss. Rip My Friend.
    Kellie & Linda Milton
  • Mar 15, 2023
    Candi, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. Will be keeping you and your family in my prayers - Sheryl Stobbe
  • Mar 15, 2023
    Candi and all family members.
    Sincere condolences to each of you on the passing of Frank. In my working days we did many small projects with Frank and considered him a "good guy". It has been a long time since I have seen or talked to Frank but I remember him well. May he rest in peace. - David Langton