Franklin Leroy Frederick
November 21, 1922 – January 4, 2019

Franklin Leroy Frederick of Watson, SK, passed away on Friday, January 4, 2019, at Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, SK. He was 96 years of age. Frank, the eldest of four children, was born to Lloyd and Mildred (nee Crosswell) Frederick on November 21, 1922, on the homestead in the RM of Spalding. He grew up on the family farm northeast of Watson and attended Green Meadow school. He farmed with his dad and brother Orville and then took over the family farm at a very young age. Frank met Violet at a Spalding dance - the two of them loved to dance. Frank and Violet (nee Whetter) were married on June 12, 1944 and had three children - a son Garry in 1945, a daughter Maxine in 1952 and a son Blaine in 1960. They lived on the family farm until Maxine started school in Watson and then they moved to town as Frank thought it was easier for him to pack a lunch and drive to the farm than the kids riding the bus every day. Frank worked hard on the farm, breaking new land, growing crops, raising chickens, pigs and cows. In the winters, Frank cut ice blocks and logged at Carrot River. After his dad and brother moved to Hope, BC, Frank would join them to work on construction in the winters. Once Blaine was old enough, Frank and Blaine farmed together. Frank actively farmed until 2008 and then became the gopher on the farm until just a few years ago. Frank very much enjoyed life. He loved to laugh and socialize. We will all remember his hardy laugh, quick wit and sense of humour. Nothing was more important to Frank than his family. He was very involved in the lives of his children and grandchildren as he taught them to enjoy the lake and attended their various activities. In 1976, the family cabin at Fishing Lake was built where his children and grandchildren spent most summers fishing, water skiing and swimming. Frank enjoyed these activities, as well as hunting and snowmobiling with his family and friends. Frank had a fascination for lights. He collected all sorts of lights, lamps and light fixtures and spent many hours fixing and displaying them. He decorated his cabin, home and yard with these repaired lights and won the Christmas Light Contest in town several times. This became his full-time passion once he retired from farming. Yard work, gardening, spending time with the great-grandchildren, homemaking and taking care of Violet kept him very busy. Frank will be sadly missed by his wife of 74 years, Violet (nee Whetter) Frederick; their son, Blaine (Shelley) Frederick of Watson and family, Brad (Katy) Frederick and family of Medicine Hat, AB, Lucy, and Frankie; Shanna (Corey) Keyes of Watson and family, Quinn, and Isaac; Jenna (Aron) Friesen of Watson and family, Jade, Karys, and Kingston; Brett (Catherine) Frederick of Watson and son, Theodore; son-in-law Ronald Geyer of Watson and family, Tia (Myron) Staniec of Humboldt, SK and family, Blake, Brydan, and Myla; Boe (Julie) Geyer of Watson; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and a host of good friends. Frank was predeceased by his son, Garry Frederick; daughter Maxine Geyer; parents Lloyd and Mildred (nee Crosswell) Frederick; brother, Orville Frederick; sister, Patricia Fishbrook; sister, Elva Frederick; numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; nephews, Rockeny Frederick and Douglas Strelic; and by his father-in-law Richard Whetter. The Funeral Service was held at the Watson Civic Centre, Watson, on Friday, January 11, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., officiated by Rev. Al Hingley. The eulogy was delivered by Marion and Joe Yates. Music ministry was provided by organist Norma Weber and members of the Watson Community Choir. Honorary pallbearers were “all those who shared in Frank’s life.” Active pallbearers were Brad Frederick, Boe Geyer, Brett Frederick, Myron Staniec, Corey Keyes, and Aron Friesen. Interment followed at Clearview Cemetery in the Daphne district. Memorial donations may be directed to the Quill Plains Health Care Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 277, Watson, SK, S0K 4V0. 

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