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Blake Winston Franklin

May 6, 1941 - November 24, 2019

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“I remember growing up- middle of winter, roads closed, far below freezing temps, 3:30-4:00 am and Dad going off to work! Dad NEVER missed a day of work! With a broken ankle, cast on, sick as a dog (extremely rare), he NEVER missed a day of work while we were growing up. He was an incredible provider, and we NEVER went without ANYTHING! There were times I was up in the morning, as a little girl, and remember thinking he is the strongest dad on Earth! And NOTHING could stop him from going to work!!!” says daughter Carol Franklin reminiscing about her father, Blake Winston Franklin. Her brother Tony recalls running machines in the bush for his dad since he was about 12 years old. Following in his father’s cat tracks, Tony is still a hard-working logger. Mark, the youngest of the three, said, “My father was a strong, hard working, intelligent man. That is something I always respected about him.”

I was holding his hand at the time my beloved husband of 30 years slipped away from us all on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 8:45 am. He was 78 years old.

Blake Winston Franklin was born in Kelowna, BC May 6, 1941. After his father’s death due to a logging accident, 6-year-old “Winston” rode by himself on a train to his aunt and uncle’s farm in Stone, Saskatchewan. The spartan lifestyle and urban upbringing he encountered there instilled in him the values and work ethics that made him the tough and gentle man that he was. Farmers back then would often pull the boys out of school to help with the crops. They had to work and work hard. Blake’s uncle was among some of the last to farm with horses.

As a younger teenager he spent two summers in Nelson, BC with Gordon and Lillian Sargent at their home on the North Shore and would return to school in Stone in the fall. He left Stone to live with his older brother and wife, Dufferin and Flora Ann, in Camrose, Alberta. He then moved with them to Nelson, BC where he attended L.V. Rogers Secondary School and worked various jobs in the summer.

In November of 1961 he married Sharon Webster of Revelstoke, BC. His adult working life consisted of being a banker in Banff and Revelstoke, becoming a logger, starting a logging company, Franklin Contracting, being president of the local union, competing in Logger Sports Days, acquiring shares in Mt. MacKenzie Ski Hill where he built a beautiful home and purchasing the Big Mouth Logging Camp, run by his second wife, Aggie Koop. After retirement, he and Aggie moved to a small acreage in the Kootenays where Aggie still resides in a lovely home he built for her, which he built out of the existing workshop.
He is survived by his common law wife Aggie Koop of Krestova, BC daughter Carol Diane Franklin of Vancouver, BC son Blake Anthony “Tony” Franklin (Penny Dewart), of Golden, BC, son Mark Stanley Franklin of Revelstoke, BC and his two sisters Marthella Johnson and Joan Pogue, both of Toronto, Ontario. Also, many nieces, nephews and cousins throughout the country and beyond are feeling the pain of their loss. He was predeceased by his sister Alice McClenaghan of Surrey, BC, who passed in October of 2018, brother Dufferin who passed on September 12, 2019, and Dufferin’s wife, Flora Ann , who passed in May 2018.

I would like to thank his doctors, nurses and the staff at Kootenay Lake and Kelowna Hospitals for the care and comfort they gave us both during his stay.

Blake, you were larger than life, strong as steel (on occasion as immovable as a stump), and possessed a heart of pure gold. You loved your family dearly, and we all love you. You left us with big holes in our hearts that we can try to fill with fond memories and good times we shared. There will never be another you.

“Whisked away like a butterfly in the wind, through a window I watched you fly, But I don’t even know if you saw me watching you say goodbye.”
~ THE FLIGHT by Aggie Koop

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Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Sharon Peterson
Relation: Through Chuck, Linda and Char

Aggie I am so sorry for your loss. I have heard all the wonderful stories about Blake from Linda and Char and hoped I was going to meet him this year, You are in my thoughts and prayers!! Love Sharon

From: SASKIA DELARONDE
Relation: Husband of my wonderful friend Aggie.

My dearest friend Aggie. You are in my heart during this very tough time. My most heartfelt condolences go out to you and to the rest of Blake’s family. May he rest in peace.

From: Pat Carney
Relation: I barely knew Winston but we were very close to brother Duffy since High School and wife Flo

As a member of NHS Class of ’52 my twin Jim Carney and I did not know Winston but his brother Duffy was a dear friend and fellow Band musician. What a wonderful family! And all lost, including lovely Alice in one year. A great loss for your family

From: valerie van tine-janzen
Relation: Long-time friends of his wife, Aggie.

We are so sorry for your loss, dearest Aggie! We are thinking of you and Blake’s family…sending love and strength. <3

From: ken Graham
Relation: We were long time friends. We worked and partied together for many years.

I’m sure sorry to see this!
Blake and I were friends for a lot of years, then in the last few we kinda lost touch.
I think one could write a book of short stories about Blake, and I was only there for a small part of that. I think of him often. He was one of the strongest, toughest guys I ever worked with, and he had a great sense of humour. I did a lip stand in front of him one time, and I can still hear him laughing his head off. A great guy!

My condolences to you Aggie, and to Tony, Carol, and Mark, and family.

Regards
ken Graham

From: Norm W. Bruce
Relation: Friend

My Condolences to Blake’s family….I have good memories of Blake and the times we shared..one of which was deep sea fishing off the coast of Honolulu where we hooked a big Marlin….”Paul Bunyan Blake” as we called him…was the only one of us who was not suffering too badly from sea sickness and had to strength to reel in the beast. Unfortunately the Marlin snapped the line a short distance from the boat leaving us disappointed but enjoyed lots of good humour reminiscing about the “the big one that got away”…Blake was a good guy, a hard worker and it was a pleasure to have known him.

From: michelle foley
Relation: Friend

condolences to Family and Aggie xoxo Great man..

From: Matthew and Cindy Crich

Condolences to the family on Blake’s passing. So very sorry for your loss.

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I would like to thank his doctors, nurses and the staff at Kootenay Lake and Kelowna Hospitals for the care and comfort they gave us both during his stay.

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