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Ducharme, Frank

Frank Ducharme passes away
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Franklin Albert Ducharme. He passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, in Fort Macleod.
Frank was born in Glaslyn, Sask., on Dec. 23, 1934. Frank moved to Creston, B.C., with his parents at the age of three. Frank was the eldest of six children born to Joe and Holly Ducharme. At 15 he chose to leave home and travelled to Alberta in search of employment. Working a variety of jobs for four years, and then went into commercial truck driving for 11 years, first with Freightways and later Haliburton Oil Well Cementing, and finally as an independent owner/ operator.
Frank married Luella Davis of Fort Macleod in 1959. After this he secured a position with Greyhound beginning his 18 years of driving for Greyhound Bus Lines. Following his many years of driving the highways of Western Canada, Frank then became an agent for Greyhound Bus Lines and owned and operated the legendary Java Shop in Fort Macleod for 20 years, ending with his much-earned and long-awaited retirement in 2004.
Frank was active in Free Masons, Rotary, Golf Club and Curling Club.
Frank leaves behind his wife; children Ronda (Brian Reach), Kim (Irene), Todd (Deneen), Jason (Tammy), Darcee (Sai Wong), Jennifer (Pak Chang) as well as 15 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Frank is also survived by his mother Holly of Creston; brothers Lloyd (Jean), Fred (Yvonne) and Larry; and brother-in-law Wayne (Pat).
Frank was predeceased by his father Placid (Joe); his sister Myrtle Kovacs; his brother Grant; and two grandsons, Taylor and Lane Ducharme.
A funeral service was held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, at Christ Church Anglican, 320 21st St., Fort Macleod, with Rev. Pilar Gateman officiating.
Memorial donations may be made in Frank’s memory to the Fort Macleod Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 1866, Fort Macleod, T0L 0Z0.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Eden’s Funeral Home, Fort Macleod, 403-553-3772. To send condolences e-mail edens@telusplanet.net.

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