OBITUARY

Frank Plut

2 September, 193122 April, 2021

Frank Plut passed away peacefully on April 22, 2021, surrounded by family, at Kamloops Seniors Village. He was 89 years old.

Frank was born in Princeton, BC on September 2, 1931, then moved to Osoyoos, BC where at the age of 4 he helped plant the family orchard. In addition to school and working on the farm, Frank found time to enjoy baseball, time with his horses and rodeoing. The young cowboy soon caught the eye of his future wife Kathleen. They were married in North Vancouver in November of 1953 and started a family. A work opportunity with BC Tel brought Frank and his family to Kamloops in 1966 and they set down deep roots. He stayed with BC Tel throughout his career, installing many of the first single-line phones in remote communities like Whistler, Bella Coola, Bralorne and the Gang Ranch. He would return from his out-of-town trips with new recipes, gifts from the locals and invariably some good tales; he was a gifted story-teller.

Frank had a large family and enjoyed spending time with them. Family vacations were spent together either on a road trip in the station wagon or off camping. He was proud of his children and all their accomplishments and was further blessed with 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He was always glad for their visits and especially loved to gather at Christmas. Frank was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish for 55 years and made many friends there. He served as an usher at church and called bingo for many years. He played a good game of cribbage, loved to hunt and fish and grew a large garden each year. He loved a good joke, laughed loudly and made the best cowboy breakfasts.

After retirement Frank stayed young spending time with his horses. He’d head off into the hills around Knutsford to count cattle then meet afterwards at the Place Inn to have coffee with buddies and ‘chew the fat’. He was a drover for many years at the Kamloops Cattle Drive, loved team penning, and meeting old friends at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton. Frank and Kay also enjoyed traveling: from Alaska to Hawaii, from California to Texas and New York; across Australia and New Zealand; and to Slovenia to visit relatives and his parents’ birthplace. He loved to travel but was always happy to return home as he believed that he lived “in God’s country.”

Frank is survived by his six children: Cathy Wilcox (Tom), Lynn deBruijn (Karl), Mary Plut, John Plut (Gilda Oliverio), Sandra Arends (John), and Maureen Plut (Tony Gasparin); sister-in-law Yvonne Miller; grandchildren Mike (Risha), Kurt (Dayle), Meg (Anton), Sam, Jake (Joyce), Catie (Darcy), Matt, Luke (Nick), Giuliana (Matt), Ben, Jack and Ava; great-grandchildren Emma and Lars; brothers Martin, Luis and Joseph and many nieces and nephews. Frank was predeceased by his parents Martin and Agnes, his wife Kathleen (Kay) in 2009, infant daughter Susan, sisters Frances, Marg and Agnes, brothers Stanley and Wesley, sister-in-law Marie, brothers-in-law David and Ian, son-in-law Brian MacDonald and nephew Martin Delaney.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers, friends and family who supported and visited Dad in his home over the last few years. We would especially like to thank Carole Carroll, Hinke Floris, and his nephew Martin who always brought coffee and enjoyed talking as much as Dad did. Kamloops Seniors Village was Dad’s home for the past 3 years and the family would like to thank the staff who cared for and supported him and us during his stay there. A private Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, April 29, 2021 for immediate family, followed by a private family graveside ceremony. Live streaming of the service can be accessed online on Thursday at 9:00 am at: https://www.distantlink.com/SCIBC4.html

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BCSPCA (horse rescue) by phoning 1-855-622-7722 in Frank’s memory, or to a charity of your choice.

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Clarence and Judy and family Hanghofer

2 May 2021

We are so saddened to hear of Frank’s passing. he will be greatly missed. Please take care, stay strong and know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.. Clarence , Judy and family

Terry Prehara

30 April 2021

My condolences to Frank's Family -
I have many great memories of time spent with Frank. He often helped move cows for my parents, Glen and Heather Shannon. I enjoyed these times so much. Lots of stories and on the really miserable days, a shot to warm up.
Terry Prehara

Jean Delaney

29 April 2021

To all my cousins,
I was so sorry to hear about Uncle Frank, he was such a strong presence with that booming laugh and larger than life smile. After looking at all the photos I was reminded of what a full life he had and how important family was to him. He will be missed by so many


Terry & Grant Ford

29 April 2021

Cathy & Tom....We are so sorry for the loss of your father. We are thinking of you and your family and sending our deepest sympathies.....Terry & Grant.

Wendy Nordick

29 April 2021

Dear Lynn and Plut family,

I was very sorry to learn that your Dad had passed away. He was always so youthful looking and always greeted me at mass.

It is the end of an era when all the OLPH parents pass away. I hope you are all a great comfort to each other.
Love Wendy

Connie Miller

29 April 2021

To the Plut family,

Sending you my deepest and dearest condolences to you all. I have so many fond memories of your Dad. Years ago, my Late Husband, Mel, and I spent many happy hours playing cards with your Dad and your Lovely Mom. There was lots great laughter and BS going around the table.
Then there were the sourkrout making!!! Wow, how we did drink and tell stories!!
Your Dad was a wonderful guy. I did manage to get to see him a few times in Kamloops Senior Village. I was amazed that he always knew me.
I know it is hard to loose a parent, but I firmly believe he is in a better place with your Mom and family.
Take care of one another, and keep the happy thoughts going!!
Love and Blessing to you all. !!!
Connie Miller

Kelly Vos

29 April 2021

So sorry to hear of your dads passing
I remember some of our many days spent at your house playing together as children.
How is the family
Dad is in the overlander for over 5 years now and not doing so good with severe dementia
Mom is well living on her own at the dunes
Hope to hear from you
Kelly oakden vos

Karen MairValin

29 April 2021

Frank was a very special person in my life, brought back so many special memories. I met him when he brought Echo to us to train and then Doxie. We had many years riding together and when I moved home we spent hours reminiscing about the fun we had showing Echo and riding together. He was so supportive through the good times and the bad times that happened in my life and always had a hug to give. We lost touch the last few years but I thought about him all the time. Passing a horse along the road or visiting my son who is a horse trainer. Frank was a special person in my life and I will never forget the kindness he showed me and the friendship that we had. My thoughts and prayers go to the family. You had one very special dad and grandfather. He was truly one of a kind and he will be missed. I hope all the wonderful memories you have bring you peace.

Rest in Peace Frank...

Karen, Dan, Tyrel and Trent

Joanne Delaney

29 April 2021

To all of the family:
I believe that saying goodbye to your Father (Uncle Frank), must be bittersweet. However, I doubt that any person has been so ready and willing to return to his parents, siblings, friends, and especially his wife.

I met Uncle Frank through Martin. I was so very touched to see your mention of Martin. I think that in many ways Martin tried to emulate Uncle Frank.

Trying to mourn your loss during this time of pandemic adds another layer of sorrow, but I know that you will always support each other through this.

Getting to know Uncle Frank, helped me to appreciate Martin. I can see them sitting together right now - "telling stories".

Dave Moore

28 April 2021

Frankie the Yankee part 2
Many years later (maybe 2000-2001)
I’ve set up a trip to visit as many relatives as I can . We’re getting older.
Families are grown .
My flight departs from Newark NJ destination Vancouver BC,- I changed planes in Edmonton.
Aunt Yvonne & Uncle Dave pick me up there. They have a new pick up truck, and have moved East +/- 60 miles to Chilliwack.
A parcel of land on the side of a hilly region.
They designed the home & cleared most of the trees and brush themselves.
It’s lovely!!!
I’ve rented a car at the Chilliwack airport and will drive them to Kamloops. +/-160 miles .
On day 1 we venture back to Vancouver . Uncle Ian & his wife live there. Uncle Ian is Moms brother. We share pictures, & memories.
Day 2 we’re off to Kamloops.
It’s the 4th of July weekend. I keep thinking that this is central Canada. It can’t be this hot,- but areas look like sagebrush & desert.
We visit Maureen. She’s got a new Townhouse. There’s a casino in town. A public golf course is close by. We agree to fill the week with relatives, a golf day , and a bbq on Friday.
Frank asks the family to attend.
There was a windsurfing venture with Lynn’s husband Karl… Uncle Dave and I took in lots of water!!
We played golf. Aunt Kay ,Aunt Yvonne, Uncle Dave & me. It was hot… I needed a gallon of water to cook down!!
On BBQ day we hit the liquor store to add to Franks stash. He was the Chef ( steaks, corn on the cob & all the fixings). Frank made sure I got to see as many of the clan as possible.
What a family portrait.. at least 3 generations. 50-60 relatives.
Michael debruijn got back that week from fighting forest fires in Oregon.? He said that Grandpa asks him to come.. you can’t refuse.
In this portion of BC he started with a few seeds and grew a giant oak. His legacy will last for generations.
He lives on in our thoughts & pictures & in his children , grandchildren , & those stories .
I’ll remember that laugh & his smile.
Dave Moore

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