April 4, 1927 – December 10, 2021
Frank Konken was a bright spirit, full of song and harmony. He was born in Columbia Gardens, just five kilometers from Trail, British Columbia where he last made his home. Those that knew him, rarely remember a time where he wasn’t with his guitar, harmonica, or accordion, sharing his vibrant voice. This musician was also an accomplished carpenter by trade. Frank would design, construct and skillfully finish projects big and small. He was an artisan with a hammer, saw and a vision.
A born storyteller, he would regale anyone with a joke or a life experience worthy of a film. He enriched the lives of those around him and was deeply committed to his Doukhobor faith and community, proud to have been a life-long member of the USCC.
Frank will be cherished forever by his wife of 66 years, the love of his life, Ruby and forever lovingly remembered by his children, Stefanie (Peter), Frank Jr. (Brenda), Jamie, son-in-law Derek, 9 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.
Predeceasing Frank was his father William in 1986, his mother Polly in 1994, sister Mary Wishlow in 1997, brother-in-law Alex Gritchen in 1999, brother Bill in 2003, sister-in-law Anne in 2004, sister Julia Gritchin in 2016, brother Jack in 2017, daughter-in-law Anita Konken in 2018, daughter Dominica Sweet in 2020, and sister-in-law Elena Plotnikoff in 2020. Surviving him also are sisters and brothers-in-law, Anna Konken, Alex Wishlow, Nila and Louis Hoolaeff, Sharon and Chris Murphy, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and wonderful friends.
A private service was held at the Grand Forks Funeral Home with interment at Sion Cemetery. The family expresses their heartfelt Thank You to all who provided support in so many ways.
Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to the USCC Grand Forks Community Centre.
Вечная память наш Товарищ
~May he rest in the peace he truly deserves~
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