Frank Outtrim

Frank Outtrim

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan April 18, 1924; Died in West Vancouver, British Columbia, May 19th, 2018


Frank’s family left the prairies for new beginnings in Vancouver.  He showed his entrepreneurial tendencies and while struggling with formal school he began learning how to profit with his hands and mind.  He did not finish grade twelve until years later but apprenticed as a machinist at the age of 18.  He salvaged and rebuilt a few motorcycles and by age 19 he was working at Boeing’s Sea Island plant, then Vancouver Ship Yard, Vivian Engine works in North Vancouver.  While at Vancouver Tech studying for his grade twelve English he met Stephanie who asked him for help in Math and Science.  He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in late 1943, but a training injury resulted in early discharge.  He and Stephanie were married less than a year later.  Frank renovated and built several homes and worked hard building sweat equity. Frank was loved by his family, friends and neighbors for his ability to build, renovate or fix almost anything.  After working in pulp mills in Woodfiber and Powell River, BC he settled into a Vancouver based job to be home with his wife and two children. He worked 37 years with Addressograph-Multigraph.  As hobbies he took up home computing, digital photograph, financial management and genealogy. He played golf, curled, square danced and at age 75 he joined South Burnaby Lawn Bowling Club where he met many great friends.  He was grateful for the freedom to travel to many parts of the world.


Predeceased by his parents Albert and Janetta; two half-brothers Raymond and Harold and half-sister Lorna, Stephanie (Shier) his wife of 43 years and his partner of 10 years, Ginny Cherer.


Survived by his loving partner of ten years, Maria Meyer, daughter Hilary (husband John Libbrecht), of Drumbo, Ontario, grandchildren Philip and Cathy Wittann; son Colin of Calgary Alberta, his wife Marilyn (Mills), grandchildren, Richard (wife Rauchelle) and Murray (wife Shawna) and four greatgrandchildren, Aidan, Hannah, Nolan and Lewis.


Frank has requested interment of his ashes in the Masonic Cemetery, Halifax Street, Burnaby.  The family thanks the dedicated staff of Lions Gate Hospital and The Maison Senior Living Centre, West Vancouver for their caring support during Frank’s last year of life.

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