OBITUARY

Frank "Fridgie" Christopher Gaudreau

August 19, 1975July 23, 2018
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Frank grew up in Douro among his many aunts and uncles in a house just off his grandparents farm. His neighborhood friends all close cousins. From a young age he loved playing hockey and later dedicated time to coaching. He was affectionately known as “Fridgie” by his close friends, the name he had inscribed on his toolbox given to him by his Dad Hank. After high school he graduated from Humber College as a licensed Funeral Director and worked at funeral homes in the Peterborough area, Toronto and in Thunder Bay where he met his wife Emilie. Frank became a very proud Dad to Kameron in 2006. Frank and Emilie bought their first home in Thunder Bay which he lovingly restored. The family moved to Sioux Lookout after Emilie graduated from college and with a new home again Frank was knee deep in renovations and loving every minute of it. Frank decided then to begin a new career as an independent building contractor and eventually went into the trades to become a Master Electrician. Frank loved music and lugged his guitar along with him, that one possession he wouldn’t think of leaving behind no matter where he travelled and lived. During his life Frank valued family more than anything else. He was very proud of his Douro roots and the Gaudreau and Barry family in which he was raised. Later in life as he was away working he loved keeping in touch with family and friends on Facebook, posting pictures and favourite songs and sharing old memories. Frank never “liked” something on Facebook, he was quick to comment and tell everyone that he loved and missed them. He was always so proud to post pictures of his son Kameron, the one closest to his heart. He will be missed by his son Kameron Gaudreau, his mother Mary Anne Connor, his sister Tammy Rutter (Michael) and niece and nephew Holly and Charles Horton. Fondly remembered by Emilie, his aunts and uncles and many cousins.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, July 31, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, July 31, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, August 1, 2018
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Frank "Fridgie" Christopher Gaudreau

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Dana Frances

August 16, 2018

He used to pick me up and take me for a trip like in that song "come on I wanna take you away from this and what has got you ..."

One time he saw me walking in the rain from my school placement and gave me a ride in a city where no one saw me. This was at a time when I had nobody and nothing.

He wrote me an interesting love letter once while relaxed that now makes even more mysterious sense. His handwriting was so beautiful; I kept it.

And when I started coming to Sioux Lookout, I looked him up and saw he lived here. Now I see we had our children in the same year.

The only thing I don't know is what all recently happened and am kind of scared to know.

He isn't in pain now anyway and that is for sure.

Mary Ellen Barry

August 2, 2018

Precious memories of Frank (always "Frankie" to us)
Well-living right next door to the Gaudreau's brought us many many good times in the neighbourhood.
Riding bikes in the driveway, building forts, tobogganing on the green lane, or maybe even roller skating in the basement. Who knew what all the Cousin Clan was up to.
One thing we did know is that the children had a unique and very special situation, growing up together as a clan.
Jay, Frank, Jenny, & Nicole-with Denise and Chad always striving to keep up.
Tammy & Penny always the responsible two, keeping the watchful eye.
(OK-maybe we twisted their arm a bit)
Family picnics at Grandma & Grandpa Barry's farm with all of the cousins - Roseanne, Maureen, Susan, Arlene and Kimmy, Renee, Michelle & Colin. They were not in the hood, but we all spent so much time together during those growing up years.
Brian, Barry & Jane arrived a few years later but the picture is the same-An abundance of love and good times together. Of course there were challenges as there always are in life, but we met them with faith, hope and love together.

We will miss you Frankie.
God's Blessings to you Dear Boy as you find make your place, settling into your new life in heaven , reunited with all of your loved ones who have gone before you. What a celebration it will be !!

Love You
Aunt Mare & Uncle Frank

Amy Wrigley

August 1, 2018

You were a true original. Heart always on your sleeve, with the most powerful charisma, strength, humour, and talent. I will never forget your gentle spirit. Losing you has forever changed me. Rest well my dearest friend. I love you now and forever. ..Your Ames.

Catherine & Mart Leahy

July 31, 2018

MaryAnn ,Tammy ,Micheal, Holly and Charlie
Our deepest condolences in the loss of Frankie. I know your hearts are broken into a million pieces at this time. Cherish all the beautiful, precious memories and times shared and hope it will give you some comfort and your love for Frankie will remain in your heavy heart always and forever.
May he Rest In Peace

Nicole Barry

July 31, 2018

I have so many great memories of you Frank. Growing up in a neighbourhood of cousins has been one of life’s greatest blessings. Family shaped us; gave us a sense of connection and belonging that others envied. We always looked out for each other. You had a protective nature with me that was so comforting when times were tough. I think we were the original "Goonies". You always brought lots of adventure into our lives. You had a great imagination and whether we were playing “house”, “school” or “war”, there was always an exciting twist when you played along. We spent many lively afternoons GT’ing and biking down the “green lane”... you were such a daredevil, often pushing me to face my fears. We loved listening to music, doing air bands and dancing together like a wild tribe! Your passion for music was intense. You felt things deeply and your gift to play was an outlet that was therapeutic for you and anyone listening. With a mischievous smile, a whole lot of charm and a sparkle in your eye, you shared your soul with us and for that, I am truly grateful.

It hurts to say goodbye. Until we meet again, the soundtrack of your life will spark memories and bring me comfort.

Forever in my heart, I love you cuz.

Nicole

Colleen Sandison

July 31, 2018

My heartfelt sympathies to All. I have fond memories of Frank ( still Franky to me ) coming thru his Aunt Christine and Uncle Jimmy's side door with a smile and grin that lit up the entire kitchen. Anyone would be hard pressed not to be able to smile right back. He touched so many. RIP

Terry and Bonnie O'Brien

July 30, 2018

It has been said that our lives are not measured by the years in our life but by the lives of the people we touch. While we never had the opportunity to know Frank personally it is clear from the memories posted here that Frank was dearly loved by many and that he loved deeply. That is the measure of a life well lived. Our most sincere condolences to the Barry and Gaudreau families. Sending thoughts and prayers.

Terry & Bonnie

Shelley Toft

July 30, 2018

Frank you will be missed by many that met you...Frank came to my aid at a time that I needed help...he was a person that would step up if he could help his friends...I will miss your singing voice and tunes you shared...

Jenny Milligan

July 30, 2018

Where do I start Frankie with all the memories I have of you. Growing up with you and the Barry hill cousin clan created a special love and bond between all of us forever. In our younger years riding bike, skating outdoors for hours, making forts, and riding Fred, making prank phone calls and I could go on on warms my heart when I reflect back on it. I'm pretty sure I was your #1 fan watching you and Jay play hockey. The day you met my first child Kylie I will never forget..you kissed her and asI handed to you said to her I love you baby girl..and looked me and said I love you too Jen.
All these memories I will cherish with all my heart my dearest cousin. You were always a part of my life. I will miss you so much. Rest in peace Frankie. I love you❤❤

Love your
Jen Jen

Dianne Barry

July 30, 2018

I would get home from work tired, throw on a pair of jogging pants, old t-shirt, mascara smudged under my eyes the kitchen door would fly open and in comes Frankie. Checking in to see if Penny and Jenny wanted to throw ball, ride bikes or finish off one of the many forts, but not before he would say to me “My goodness Aunt Dianne you look ravishing tonight” for that he earned the name “Eddie Haskell” from me. When my girls were out playing with Frankie I knew he would protect them from any harm , I never had to worry.
Kameron you have your own “Special Guardian Angel” your Dad who will watch over and protect you as you journey through life . You are the sparkle that shone in your Dad’s eyes .
Rest In Peace My Dearest Nephew
Aunt Dianne