Frank Thomas Schell
July 30, 1935 – February 6, 2021
The family of Frank Thomas Schell are saddened to announce his passing on Saturday, February 6th, 2021 in Kamloops, BC at the age of 85.
Frank was born on July 30, 1935 in Tisdale, Saskatchewan and was the youngest of seven children born to Russell and Juanita Schell.
Frank left Tisdale in his late teens to work and live in various places in BC. He married Beverley Johnson and they lived in Vancouver where their four sons were born: Dale, Darryl, Dean and Dennis. After their divorce, Frank moved to Clearwater, BC, married Sylvia Gervais and adopted her young son, Darren.
Although Frank worked in many different jobs, his main career was always carpentry. Frank owned his own construction company where he gained much respect in the industry and community while building many homes and office buildings over the years. It was common knowledge that a well-built home was a “Schell-built home” and it even appeared in a newspaper as a selling feature of a home!
After he and Sylvia split up, Frank lived in Kamloops, BC where he continued to build homes and projects and prove that he was a master carpenter! He moved to Westlock, AB for a few years, but returned to Kamloops for the last number of years.
Frank was a character who had a wonderful, mischievous sense of humour, which will make us smile for many, many years to come. May we all enjoy telling stories of Frank’s antics and relive those memories.
Frank was predeceased by his parents and all of his siblings (five brothers: Ken, Bruce, Maurice, Alvin, Bill and one sister, Doris).
Left to cherish his memory are his five sons: Dale (Kelly), Darryl (Sharon), Dean, Dennis (Jane) and Darren (Shantel) and his grandchildren: Leanne, Loni, Colin, Brittany, Justin, Russell, Janelle, Sean and Ashlynn. He also leaves great-grandchildren: Alexa, Mathew, McGary, Dallas, Dana, Lee, Nathan, Taylor, Alexis and Reagan. He also leaves his many nieces, nephews, friends and sister-in-laws, Orlah and Betty.
No formal service will be held at this time. Interment of Frank’s cremated remains will take place in the family plot in Tisdale, SK.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Frank Thomas Schell
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Kenneth “Wayne” Schell
March 2, 2021
To: Cousin(s) Dale, Darryl, Dean, Dennis and Darren Sorry for the loss of you Father. Uncle Frank was one of my favourite people. Sheila and I always enjoyed our visits over the years. You were made to feel like part of the Family. Take care, stay safe and if you are in the Cranbrook BC area vacationing or just passing through, please call as we would love to reconnect. Cousin Wayne
February 26, 2021
So sad to hear of Frank's passing. He was a special friend to me over the years. He had a great sense of humour. He could talk an ear off an elephant. Many times we'd go out for lunch and he would tell me stories about his life in and around Kamloops. I'd be finished my meal and Frank would not have taken more than a few bites... just talking LOL.
Over the years we enjoyed many pranks that we'd pull on each other! When Frank moved to Alberta and still had his duplex on 12th street I sent him a fake letter that I had put the city's logo on and made it look like it was from the Kamloops Bylaws department... the letter went on to inform Frank that he was being fined $250 dollars for his underground sprinklers not working properly and the spray from them hitting the city sidewalks next to his duplex. At the very bottom of the letter in fine print the prank was explained. When he called me he howled for almost 2 minutes. He said he was ready to call the city up and give them both barrels LOL.
You were a great friend Frank! I'll love and remember you always.
Bonnie (Kupsch) Fowler
February 21, 2021
Sending my condolences to Frank's family. He was a wonderful man
John & Elaine Yurkiw
February 20, 2021
so very sad to hear of Franks passing , he was a gentle man with a heart of gold , a precious friend who always had the time to visit no matter what he was doing Cherish his memories for they are yours an yours alone . Our deepest heartfelt sympathy to his family . .... With Love, The John Yurkiw Family ..
February 18, 2021
I was so very sad and sorry to hear of my good friend, Frank's passing. Frank was a great person and a wonderful friend.
I met Frank at the end of August 2004. I will cherish my memories of time spent with Frank. My family, Chante' & Matt, Cheriese and Tyson loved Frank as he always felt like he was part of our family.
I was sad when Frank moved to Westlock as we didn't get to see him often and didn't call him near enough. I was happy to know that Frank returned to Kamloops and lived in the Berwick residence and the Gemstone. His family made sure he lived in quality homes and Frank was well looked after.
My daughter, Cheriese who is a RN was very fortunate to see Frank at the end of January when she was at Gemstone. She said that Frank was still as charming and happy as she remembered him and he still had that beautiful smile. We were looking forward to the summer when we could possibly see Frank again. I will never forget Frank and he will be in my heart forever. You have my heartfelt sympathy. I have included a picture of Frank and his beautiful smile.
February 18, 2021
Hearing of our good friend, Frank Schell's passing has deeply saddened our family. Our history with Frank goes back to the early 1970's. He finished building out first home in Clearwater, the duplex. Frank quickly established himself as the town's best carpenter. Over the years he almost updated and rebuilt our whole hotel-the Wells Gray Inn. He redid the lobby/entrance/frountdesk area, coffee shop, dining room, lounge, banquet room, kitchen, pub with additions, 24 new rooms, and a new beer & wine store. Plus, he constructed our new home on the river and helped out with many odd jobs.
Frank was more than our contractor. He was a close family friend. Our kids still affectionately refer to him as Uncle Frank. We shared many laughs, dinners, beers, social occasions, and the odd tear with him and his family. He also became a business partner in a land venture.
As Frank moved to Kamloops, Alberta and then back to Kamloops, we continued to stay in touch with visits and phone calls.
Frank was a great carpenter, an honest, reliable, hard working man, with a good heart, a sense of humour, and a kind soul. He will be greatly missed.
George Marcyniuk and family
Jenn Wadlegger nee Marcyniuk
February 18, 2021
Love, love, love this man.
Uncle Frank was always quick with a smile, a tease, a joke, and a hug. I always knew how very much he loved me. As a little girl, he was one of my favourite people to be with and as an adult it was always such a treat to see him.
I'm sorry for your loss, boys. I think of you all from time to time and I hope you are well.
February 17, 2021
Frank was a very hard worker. When he took a break while working at our family’s hotel it was just enough time to eat a sandwich then he was back to work. I always enjoyed working with Frank at the hotel. He taught me some carpentry skills but more importantly Frank taught me work ethic and I will never forget that! Frank was not all business, oh no he had a wonderful sense of humour and made the work fun. I had the pleasure to visit Frank when he lived at the Berwick on the Park where my wife worked as a care aide. It was nice to reminisce with Frank about the good old times. Frank will be missed.
February 17, 2021
I’m so sorry to hear about Uncle Frank 💕. He was such a kidder and I loved the times when I was young when we would stop in BC and visit!! Hugs to all the cousins. They are all together again causing havoc in heaven!! Prayers and hugs for y’all ❤️❤️
February 14, 2021
Our condolences to the family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
We have had the privilege of being Franks neighbor and friend. He was the best one we have ever had. Frank always had a pot of coffee and an ear. We have had many memories together and we cherish them all. We got to meet many of the family and got to see the love shared by them. Frank always told me how proud he was of his boys and their families. He shared his stories and jokes, we always seemed to laugh most of the time we spent together. We did cry together too in shared bad times. There was no judgment from Frank, just understanding and encouragement.
Frank had given his heart to Jesus and is now with him in heaven, we look forward to seeing him again one day. We miss and love ya Frankie !!
Owen, Katrina, Sarah, Cassandra, Joel, Lynn (Owen's Mom) Connors
Bonnie Ellen Schell Zelizney
February 14, 2021
To my cousins I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Frank. When those brothers got together - oh so much laughter. My Dad, Bruce, will be excited to greet another family member to heaven. Remember all the trips to BC each summer for the visits and horse rides.
Please let us know when attending Tisdale.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Uncle Frank was sooo sweet. Sure miss all those uncles and aunts.
Love. Bonnie Ellen
Shirley Tremblay (Patterson)
February 13, 2021
In August 1963 Mom (Doris) and I went by train to Haney BC. Frank and Bev and their little scouts, Dale, Darryl, and Dennis, kept us all entertained . I was fascinated by their mink farm and Uncle Frank was so patient with my many questions! Then we went to Alvin and Shirley’s wedding in Prince George.
What a wonderful memory that is, first time this gal had been that far from home!
What a blessing to have had him in our lives!
February 12, 2021
Frank was my first landlord on 12th street in 1995! Then he purchased a house on Kimberley cres, and we lived there too. He was the most kind and generous man.
Deepest condolences to your family.
February 10, 2021
If you find yourself here I would like to let you know that Dad loved you, he loved everything about people, everything about work, everything about life. Dad had a smile and a good cheer for everyone. Even the picture above he wants to break out in a smile I can see it. For the photographer to catch that picture would have taken them awhile.
I know Dad is in heaven, you know why I know, because he told me he was going there and he knew how to get there. This is bitter sweet as heaven gains Dad, and we lose Him
Dennis, Jane, Justin, Russell, and Janelle