February 22, 1941 – December 26, 2021
In Loving Memory ~
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Frank Baturin on Boxing Day in Cranbrook at the age of 80.
Frank was born the 3rd child of parents Mary and Alec Baturin at home in Thruns, B.C. on February 22, 1941. The family moved to Salmo, B.C. where Frank grew up and graduated high school. He then attended an accounting school in Spokane Washington before moving to Calgary, Alberta where he worked for an oil company. Eventually, he moved to Hudson Hope, B.C. where he worked in construction on Unit 10 of the Bennett Dam.
There he met Florence Fox and married her in Vancouver, B.C. They settled in the Castlegar, B.C. area where Katrina was born. During that time he worked on the Kootenay Canal project, between Castlegar and Nelson. Then it was back up to Hudson Hope to work on the Site One Dam project. Their son Shawn was born in Dawson Creek during this time. The next move was to Fernie, where he eventually retired before moving to Cranbrook.
Frank contracted polio at age nine and spent a whole year in Vancouver Childrens’ Hospital. Despite the damage done in his leg, he never let that stop him from enjoying 10 pin bowling, curling, and fishing. He would often tell people who tried to tell him he shouldn’t do something, to let him try first and if he couldn’t do it, he would let them know.
Frank is survived by his older brother Gordon (Irene) of Calgary, his younger sister Pat of Salmo, by daughter Katrina of Kelowna and son Shawn of Surrey, nieces Cathy, Jill, Linda, Danita and Heidi and nephew Rick. Also, a great niece and a number of great nephews.
He was predeceased by both his parents and his older sister Gladys.
In lieu of flowers a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C., the Tumor Foundation of B.C., or a charity of your choice, would be greatly appreciated.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.Obituary
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