Chapel of Memories Funeral Directors

4005 Sixth Ave, Port Alberni, BC


Frank Tommy Prpich

August 14, 1926October 30, 2019

Frank Tommy Prpich passed away peacefully October 30th, 2019 in the comfort and care of Ty Watson House. He was born in Princeton, B.C. August 14th, 1926 to Anton and Katherine. Frank served in the Canadian military at age 18. Following the war, Frank, his parents and his sister Mary returned to Croatia to help rebuild the war torn country.

Three years later Frank and his sister returned to Princeton where he met his bride and beautiful wife of 59 years, Mary Militich.

In 1955 Frank and Mary settled in Port Alberni. Frank was a devoted husband, father and Dida. Over the years he drove logging truck, fished commercially and retired from a career as a longshoreman.

Dad would lend a hand helping others from pouring cement to building homes and gathering firewood. He loved fresh water fishing and taking all of us kids as well as the kids in the neighbourhood. The Prpich, Dalziel, Ludlows and Gatenbys filled Dad's spare time with lots of fishing and hockey.

Frank is predeceased by the love of his life Mary in 2013. He is survived by his children Allan, Johnny (Sheila) and Cathy (Ron); grandchildren Anthony (Marinka), Sean (Holly); Stephanie (Travis), Danyka (Brandon), Aaron (Tana), Josh, Leah (Dan), and Krystal; great grandchildren Jamie, Grayson, Talan, Fisher, Lennox, Nash, Remy and Evie. Also his sister Mary (Bill) and niece Debbie in Ontario.

We are very grateful for the care Dad had from Dr. DeWitt, also WCGH and Ty Watson House. To Deb at the Medicine Shoppe thank you. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to Ty Watson House. A private family celebration will take place at a later date.

He will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts.

Laku Noc Dida...Happy fishing Dad!

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Heather MacKellar

November 7, 2019

My deepest condolences to Cathy, John, Allan and family. Larry spoke highly of your Dad and enjoyed working with him over the years. Now they will be enjoying more time together up in heaven. May he Rest In Peace .

Heather MacKellar ( Larry Mannix’s spouse)

Kelly Faulkner

November 7, 2019

To Cathy, Allan, Johnny and family,
My heart goes out to you. Losing a parent and grandpa at any age is so hard. Mr. P was a kind, polite and gentle man and it shows in all of you. I hope all your cherished memories carry you through this difficult time.

Trina Cote

November 6, 2019

To the Prpich Family.
I’m sending my love and Sympathy to all of you. My Sincere Condolences to the Family.


Mandy Silovich

November 6, 2019

Dear Prpich Family,

With heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your father. We all remember Frank for the good man he was, such a big heart. Thanks for the phone call letting us know of your dad's passing and sorry our dad was confused at the time of the call as he knows more than one Prpich. He thought very highly of your dad Frank and it wasn't until he hung up from the call that he realized who he was talking to. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. The Silovich's.

Tina Ferguson (Ludlow)

November 5, 2019

Cathy, Johnny, Allan and families:
So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad (Dida).
My family has such good memories of growing up in the neighbourhood with the Prpich family.
Your dad walking the track daily for most of his senior years is an inspiration to all. He was a good man with a loving family.
He will be missed.

Jamie Amos

November 4, 2019

To Frank's family
I am so sorry to hear of Frank's passing. Thinking of you all I will light a candle for him at Church. I enjoyed talking to him every time he would come in to the arena during Bulldogs practice.

Tom Armich

November 4, 2019

Our sincere condolences on the passing of your father. I always enjoyed speaking with him when ever we met. He will always be remembered as a gentle caring man.

Tom Armich and Family

Maria & Loris Guerra

November 4, 2019

Dear Kathy & family
We are so sorry of hearing of the passing of your dad, Frank.
We met Frank during our walking days, at the stadium.
There was always a personal/special hello between us.
Your dad, was a gentile, caring man.
We missed him, once we moved to Colwood.
We send you all our warmest condolences, cherish the fond memories you have of him.