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Frank Skuhala

August 7, 1934 - February 20, 2016

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Survived by his devoted family, wife Norah, daughter Michelle (granddaughter Maiya), and son

Wayne.

Born in Prsetinci, Slovenia, he served as a fighter pilot in the Yugoslavian airforce for 5 years

before heading to Canada, arriving via ship to Montreal in 1956. Moving his way west by train

to British Columbia, Frank started work with the CPR railway on an “extragang”. As his English

improved he worked as a taxi driver and chauffeur. When confident with his English, he wrote

the exams required at UBC and became a Journeyman in Industrial Electronics and Electrician

at IT&T in Vancouver. This is the field in which he was trained during his years in the airforce.

Frank’s free time during these early years in Vancouver were spent enjoying nature by spending

time in Stanley Park and the surrounding mountains. As an avid skier he became a ski

instructor first at Mt. Seymour then at Mt. Baker.

 

After vacationing in Osoyoos in the summer of 1969, Frank seized upon an opportunity to buy

Lakeside Resort and move his young family from Vancouver to Oliver. Owning and operating

the resort with his family for 22 years he grew it from a small vacation spot to a lush family

oasis. Frank always said how much the Okanagan reminded him of Slovenia.

 

While in Oliver, Frank became involved with the Chamber of Commerce eventually serving as

their President for one year. During his time with the Rotary Club, Frank journeyed 3 times to

Honduras with a group of Rotarians to teach local farmers terracing techniques. On one trip, he

was happy to be accompanied by his wife Norah. As a result of his Rotarian work he was

awarded the honour of being named a Paul Harris Fellow.

Faithful in his Catholic upbringing, Frank volunteered in many areas within his parish Christ the

King. He even went on to become a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus.

Frank enjoyed curling, golfing, gardening and especially the outdoors. His horticulture training

brought him a particular affinity and appreciation for trees; pruning, shaping new varieties. For

those who had the good fortune to taste one or more of his many specialties – not the least of

which were his several varieties of homemade sausages and wines – also knew what a wonderful cook he was, although not so great a dish washer.

Prayers will be recited at 7:30 P.M. Tuesday February 23, 2016 at Christ the King Catholic Church. A funeral mass will be celebrated by Fr. Neil Lustado at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday February 24, 2016 at Christ the King Catholic Church.  A reception in the church lower hall will follow the mass.

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com

 

Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osooyoos.

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Norm &Shirley Houle
Relation: Friends

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. xo

From: Lou & Al Carson
Relation: Friend

Norah & family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We wish you peace in your journey of loss, with loving memories to comfort you.

From: John & Sharon Surovy
Relation: friend

Our deepest condolences to you and your family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

From: Silvia Badger
Relation: Friend

My thoughts and heart are with you, Norah and family. Frank sure knew how to make the BEST potato salad EVER!!!!

From: Paul and Barbara Eby
Relation: Friend

Nora and family, we were so sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. When we first moved to Oliver many years ago, Frank and Nora were one of the first to welcome us. Frank genuinely loved people, and we loved him back.

From: Elaina Mauro
Relation: Family Friend

Norah and Family,
I am very saddened by the news of Frank’s passing. I will always remember him with a smile on his face and his easy laugh. My earliest memories are of him trying to keep me and my teenage friends in line at Lakeside when I was a kid – we didn’t make it easy for him but he was always good-natured. I’d like to think that he and my Dad are now relaxing by the lake, having a glass of wine and a few laughs.
All my best wishes,
Elaina Mauro

From: Lynn and John Bremmer
Relation: rotary and friendship

Hi Norah and Family
We have many happy memories of Frank. We always enjoyed making sausage and potato salad for the many events Frank so enjoyed.. What a wonderful comical fellow and always full of knowledge and offers to help. Our heart felt condolence on this sad occasion. We wish you peace and love for the future.

From: Keith and Pat Johnson (Mauro)
Relation: Family friends

Norah and Family. Me and Pat send our deepest sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Keith and Pat.

From: Nick and Linda Poznikoff
Relation: friend

Nora and Family,
We were so sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. He will be missed so much. He always had a smile for everyone and an opinion on everything! He treated everyone well. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
February 24, 2016
Beginning at 10:00am

Location:
Christ the King Catholic Church
6044 Spartan Street
Oliver, BC Canada

A funeral mass will be celebrated by Fr. Neil Lustado at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday February 24, 2016 at Christ the King Catholic Church. A reception in the church lower hall will follow the mass.

6044 Spartan Street
Oliver, BC Canada

  Prayers

Date & Time:
February 23, 2016
Beginning at 7:30pm

Location:
Christ the King Catholic Church
6044 Spartan Street
OLIVER, BC Canada

Prayers will be recited at 7:30 P.M. Tuesday February 23, 2016 at Christ the King Catholic Church.

6044 Spartan Street
OLIVER, BC Canada

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