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BASSETT, Francis 'Frank'



Frank was born on August 15, 1934.  He peacefully passed away on April 7, 2024, surrounded by loved ones.  He leaves behind a legacy of warmth, kindness and unwavering love.  Frank was born to the late Frank Bassett and the late Charlotte Wakelin (nee McPherson).  Growing up, he was instilled with strong family values that he carried with him throughout his life.  He found joy in spending time with his loved ones and cherishing the moments shared together.

Frank is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn, and blended family, whom he adored deeply: Dennis, Donald, Leeanne, Darryl and Gina Bassett, Brenda and Stuart Russell, Barry and Bonnie Whitworth and Cam and Connie Whitworth, predeceased by his daughter, Lori Jo Bassett. Each member of his family held a special place in his heart and he cherished the unique bond he shared with each of them.

He is also survived by his sister, Collen Mitroff, and her children and his late sister, Corona.

His legacy lives on through the nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren who continue to be inspired by his zest for life.

Frank dedicated many years to a fulfilling career at Bell Canada and the St. Lawrence Seaway.  Outside of work, he found joy in various sports, including hockey, fast ball, slo-pitch and golf.  His passion for sports extended beyond playing, as he also dedicated time to coaching boys hockey and softball teams, as well as serving as a referee and umpire.

His claim to fame lies in inventing and patenting the Superblade Hockey Blade, a revolutionary innovation that has saved countless dollars for parents and players alike.

Frank & Carolyn celebrating 36 years of marriage where they shared a deep and cherished bond filled with happiness and compatibility.  Together, they embarked on countless adventures, embracing the love of travel and creating cherished memories during family holidays characterized by love and laughter.

We are comforted to know that Frank has been reunited with his beloved and sassy fur baby, Molly.  It's heartwarming to imagine them together again, perhaps enjoying the companionship they shared in life.  Losing loved ones is always difficult, but the thought of those two-finding solace and joy in each other's company again offers us comfort.

Though Francis may no longer be with us in person, his spirit will live on forever in the hearts of those who loved him. He will be deeply missed and never forgotten.

Rest in Peace, dear Frank.

A Celebration of Frank’s Life will be held from 6 - 9 pm on Thursday, April 25th at the Grantham Lions Club, 732 Niagara Street, where family and friends will gather to honour his memory.

Arrangements entrusted to Considerate Cremation & Burial Services, 26 Nihan Drive, St. Catharines (between Lake Street & Scott Street), 289-362-1144.  Online condolences may be made at

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