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KING, Frank Walter, P. Eng., O.C., LL.D (Hon)

August 22, 1936 – May 9, 2018

Frank King passed away on May 9, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta. Frank is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years, Jeanette; daughter Linda (Bill) Maslechko; his two sons David (Christine) King and Stephen (Kimberley) King; as well as 9 grandchildren, Michael Stuemer, Christopher Stuemer, Katie Maslechko, Sarah Maslechko, Jenna Maslechko, Zoe King, Vanessa King, James King, and Carter King.  Frank was predeceased by his daughter Diane Stuemer; grandson Jonathan Stuemer; sister Ethel King-Shaw; and brother Arthur King.

Frank was born in Redcliff, AB and graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. Chemical Engineering, in 1958, and moved to Sarnia, ON to begin his career in the petrochemical industry. Frank’s indomitable entrepreneurial spirit flourished, as he created opportunities with some of his best friends at Ralph M. Parsons and Turbo Resources, participating in Western Canada’s oil and gas boom. He came to actively serve in many other sectors as a Board Member with CanWest Global, RioCan, Acclaim Energy, Agrium, Toronto Sun Publishing, Wi-LAN, Networc Health, Air BC, Westaim, Calgary Chamber of Commerce, and advisor to Marsh Canada.  He was also an active participant and past President of the Calgary South Rotary Club.

Frank carried an infectious enthusiasm, a can-do attitude, and a passionate love of life.  He deeply touched those around him and spent much of his adult life building successful companies and giving back to the community, particularly in sports, where he was an avid athlete, coach, spectator, volunteer and builder.

Frank may have best been known for his roles as Chair of the Olympic Bid Committee and CEO of OCO ‘88 hosting the XV Olympic Winter Games in Calgary in 1988.  He worked as a volunteer for all but the final year of his 10-year commitment to bring Calgary onto the world stage, and leave a legacy for youth.  Together with the people of Calgary and all levels of Government, Calgary’s western spirit came together to put on the “best ever” games.  He chronicled his experience by writing and publishing a book about the inside story of the games, titled “It’s How You Play the Game”. Frank continued to work closely with the group that is now WinSport, which manages the financial legacy from the Olympics, and participated as an advisor to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Committee. In 1992, he was Co-President of the Canada 125 Committee, commemorating Canada’s 125th Birthday.

Frank’s outlook and desire to build a better world was recognized with an Officer of the Order of Canada (1988), Olympic Order in Gold from the International Olympic Committee (1988), the Alberta Premier’s Order of Excellence (1981 and 1988), an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Calgary (1988), named one of Maclean’s Magazine’s Top 12 Canadians (1988), Gold Medal Champion d’Afrique (1988), Governor General’s 125 Medal (1992), the Canadian Olympic Order (1997), Bnai Brith Honoree (1999), Member Alberta Sports Hall of Fame (2002), the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), the Calgary Booster Club Builder Award (1988), and Alberta Sportsman of the Year (2003). He was named one of 150 Influential Albertans by the Calgary Herald in honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday celebration.

Generous with his friendships, he was the most uplifting and positive person one could imagine, with a sense of humour and gamesmanship that could instantly create fun, wherever he went. He was a thoughtful, loving husband, and a role model father, that was admired, loved and cherished by his grandchildren and the many people he proudly called his friends. Our family and community will miss him dearly.

Funeral Services will be held at Christ Church (3602 8 Street S.W., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. A Celebration of Frank’s Life to follow at the Red and White Club (McMahon Stadium, 1833 Crowchild Trail N.W.) from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

The family would appreciate the sharing of personal memories of Frank, by emailing them to memories@cdzking.com.  In lieu of flowers, tributes may be made to the Calgary Booster Club Sports Legacy Fund for Amateur Athletes, 2424A University Drive N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 3Y9 Telephone: (587) 350-9583. www.calgaryboosterclub.com, or other charity of choice.

In living memory of Frank Walter, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone:  403-243-8200.

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  1. Tony Spasoff :

    I spent my entire working career in Calgary before retiring to B.C. The Olympics were a real highlight of my life in Calgary and in large part, I thank Mr. King for that. God Bless and rest in piece.

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  2. Jim krueger :

    He was a true calgary legend and he helped put this city on the world stage Evan though I never met him personally I had deep respect for him

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  3. Jessica Hartland :

    Jeanette and Family,
    My sincere sympathy to you all for your loss. Frank was a great man, a good friend and mentor. I will always remember him fondly. He built this legacy of sport in Calgary and that will always live on. His passion and excitement were infectious. It was an honour to know him.

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  4. Annabelle and Mike Bondar :

    We send heartfelt condolences to Jeanette and all the family on the sudden passing of Frank, a very kind man.

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  5. Vicki Kranenburg :

    Dearest Jeanette and family,
    Our hearts are in shock and sorrow with you. Frank was the exemplary leader of the best time of our lives. He gave us memories that are eternal. We join you in holding a special place forever for this exceptional man.
    Lane and Vicki Kranenburg

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  6. Jeannette Wilson :

    My sincere sympathies to all of you at this sad time. I will always remember my visits with Frank and Jeanette at the Flames games and will miss him very much. A truly very special man.

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  7. Sheila and Bill Clapham :

    Dear Jeanette,
    Frank was the ultimate Calgarian.
    A good man.
    Our sincere condolences.

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  8. Stephen Corbett :

    I had the opportunity to work with Frank and found him to be an amazingly positive person with a unique vision that all of us in Calgary have benefited from. To me the outstanding quality that he possessed was that he never forgot his roots, his family, and his community. He inspired all of us with his infectious “can do” attitude and his spirit lives on in the work he accomplished and relationships that he built. I will miss him.

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  9. Mr. King was an incredibly kind, self-effacing and generous individual with this time. I remember two encounters with him where he showed these attributes. The first was when he agreed to introduce Roger Jackson at a packed pre-Vancouver 2010 joint alunni the UofA and UBC hosted in Calgary. The second was at Cy Frank’s memorial in 2015 where he reflected on Frank’s legacy. My and my family’s most sincere condolences to a great man.

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  10. Ron Watkins :

    Jeanette and Family;
    Your loss so suddenly of someone so loving and inspiring we know is difficult to bear. Our thoughts are with you, but especially those thoughts of the good times our families had together years ago at Spur Valley and Radium. Frank got us interested in dirt biking while staying with you in Spur Valley. And it went on from there to Radium Hot Springs. He got us interested in the Radium Resort where both of our families continue to enjoy our hide-aways there. We biked from there too. Also tobogganed and cross-country skied in the moonlight. Great memories! We were so glad to have you both in our lives and will certainly miss Frank’s presence. In later years, you were so kind to welcome Nancy into my life.
    She too sends her heartfelt thoughts.

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  11. NEIL and BLANCHE CARRAGHER :

    Dear Jeanette and Family
    We send our sincere sympathies on the untimely passing of Frank.
    He was always a tower of strength and support at our meetings where ever
    they were. We so enjoyed following with you the travels of your Ottawa Family as they circumnavigated the globe… as well as our many social events.
    Although it has been some time since our last… we think often of you both.
    Frank was a large presence. We remember him with fondness

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  12. Todd Clark. Nanaimo, BC :

    I briefly met Mr. King in 1986 when I was volunteering at a pre-Olympic function. A very kind man, indeed. To this day, I have a framed poster with his saying, “When enough people believe, the dream comes true”. I look at that every day before I leave my house. Our world was made better my Frank King.

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  13. Marion Rogers :

    Dear Jeanette and your loving family,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy the loss of your Frank. What an extraordinary human being he was and I feel blessed to count him among my friends. He truly did leave behind a priceless legacy for his family and for generations of athletes. But those of us who know you realize that he couldn’t have done what he did without you, Jeanette, by his side every step of the way.
    Thank you both and now Rest in Peace Frank – you have earned it.
    With my love and profound respect.
    Marion Rogers

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  14. Dear Jeanette and family, I was so sad to learn Frank had passed away. I have wonderful memories of the times we would all get together. My condolences and love to you all.

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  15. Ralph & Sheila Gurevitch :

    Dear Jeanette & Family
    Sheila & I were very sorry to hear of Franks passing. It was a shock to us & we will miss him. I’ve known Frank since high school days and then we went to U of A . I will always have fond memories of our time spent together.
    We hope that the closeness of friends & family ease the pain of mourning in the days to come.
    May he rest in peace my friend.

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  16. Donna Downey :

    I never personally knew your family, but greatly admired the accomplishments of Frank King for his city, province and country. He will be remembered for so many good works. Your family is blessed with many great memories to cherish. My condolences.

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  17. Peter Cleyn :

    Frank was a great friend and valued mentor to the Marsh organization in Calgary. Although it has been a few years since he was active with us, he will be missed.

    Our thoughts are with his family.

    Peter Cleyn

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  18. Neil & Dorothy Webber :

    Dear Jeannette & Family,

    Dorothy & I were so sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. We were at the U. of A. together
    and were on the same cross country running team together, although he could run faster than me. It was always a pleasure to visit with him over the years. Of course your contribution, Jeannette, as a member of the Webber Academy Board is much appreciated.

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  19. Ron Ghitter :

    Canada and Calgary have lost a wonderful citizen and humanitarian
    I knew Frank in the 50 when we were at the UofA he was always gentlemen and an example of community involvement and good will. He has left a legacy that will be in Calgary forever.
    It was an honour to know him.He left a lasting impression on anyone who was fortunate enough to be in his presence.
    My deepest condolences to Janette and the family

    Ron Ghitter

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  20. Kate Thrasher :

    Frank King was a ‘walk the talk’
    leader with a vision and ability to inspire and motivate those around him. Goals were achieved through collaboration, trust, and mutual respect. Frank’s laughter was contagious and his eyes sparkled, reflecting his smile. Many, many individuals benefited from his wisdom and his largesse in always employing the Golden Rule. It was a privilege to know Frank. Thank you, Jeanette and Family for sharing……

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  21. Janina Romocki :

    Dear Jeanette and Family,

    My family and I send you our sincere condolences on the sudden loss of your dear Frank. It must have been a terrible shock for both you and your family.

    We will always remember the happy times spent at your house on Pump hill when Julian was working with Frank and our children were little. Now many years have gone by, Julian has left us, our children have their own children but we still follow any news of Frank and yourself to know what you are both involved with as you are always in our hearts.

    Thinking of you,

    Janina and Family

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  22. Birnie Daryl :

    Jeanette and family–Sincere condolences upon losing Frank. If ever there was a life to be celebrated, Frank’s was it. He did so much in so many ways, always to the benefit of friends, the community, the country and everyone. Our world needs millions more like Frank–not one less! love and sympathy–Isobel and Daryl Birnie

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  23. The Honourable Allan H. Wachowich, QC :

    Dear Jeanette, the passing of Frank came as a shock to me. We came to know each other at the U of A when we were both on the Running Team. He was a true gentleman and a great contributor to society on so many different fronts. My condolences to you and your family.
    Sincerely,
    Al Wachowich

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