Frank Carlson, our loving father and grandfather passed away in Calgary, Alberta, with his family by his side. Frank was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, the son of Scandinavian immigrants. He lived in Ontario until his early teens when his family moved west and settled in Vancouver. In Vancouver, he started playing hockey in his mid-teens and this passion took him to Trail, BC to play Jr hockey in the early 50’s where he met his future wife, Norma, with whom he would share 47 years of marriage. Frank and Norma moved to Nelson in 1962 where he started Carlson Refrigeration and operated his own business for 40 years. Frank will be remembered by those close to him for his devotion to his family, his loyalty to his friends, his generosity, his larger than life personality and his integrity – both in business and life. Frank spent many hours with his sons teaching them to play hockey, ski, and golf – passions they all shared. This was epitomized by a golf trip to Pebble Beach with his 3 sons on his 75th birthday. Frank was pre-deceased by his father Francis in 1971, his mother Helmi in 1990, and Norma in 2002. He is survived by his 3 sons, Drew, Brad (Denise) and Ward (Tracey), his 6 grandchildren Kodi (Will), Rylee, Cristy, Kalie, Jackson and Bailey, and by his niece Inger Suggitt (Gary) of Kamloops, BC. At Frank’s request and because of his love of sports, donations in his honor can be made to the children’s sport of your choice. Cremation has taken place and a celebration in Frank’s honor will be hosted by his family on May 5, 2012 at 1pm at the New Grande Hotel in Nelson.
We love our dad and Papa very much
and we will miss him.