DITTENHOFFER, Frank M.
Frank was able to pass peacefully early morning December 1st at the age of 83. He is lovingly remembered by his friend and companion of 18 years Denise, her daughters Janine & Heather, whom he liked to refer to as his step daughters; Heather’s great little boys Jaden and Ethan and his son Frank Jr. and grandsons Sean and Ryan.
He was a Canadian immigrant, moving to Canada in 1957, following the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Unfortunately unable to see any of his family again, he kept contact and was able to connect with his closest brother Andre briefly before Andre’s passing. Although true to his Hungarian roots, Frank had a genuine love for his new country and was a fiercely proud Canadian citizen. He adopted the Montreal Canadians as his hockey team and no matter how persuaded that perhaps Vancouver Canucks could use his support, never wavered. Very much a sports fan, his first love the wonderful game of soccer, although our football was a very close second. A political junkie, Frank had an absolutely uncanny ability to remember and recite political leaders from most countries and go back through his entire time in Canada and recite both provincial and federal leaders and their parties etc.
His early years in Canada were in Edmonton working as a painting contractor, summer weekends at the lake with family and friends and adopting and enjoying Canadian traditions, including watching his own son play hockey. Finished off his working years here in the Lower Mainland and settled into retirement. Health issues, unfortunately consumed his later years; his incredible sense of humour helping all of us through many a dark day. Our sincere thanks to Dr. Field and the staff of Peace Arch Hospital for his many stays, the staff at Fraser Health Home Care for their support and recently the staff at ICU for their help during his last days providing comfort and peace.
No service at Frank’s request, his ashes to be scattered, half here at home and half home to Hungary.