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FRANK JOHN FAVONI

Born: Nov 07, 1941

Date of Passing: Apr 16, 2021

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FRANK JOHN FAVONI
1941 - 2021

On April 16, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer, Frank passed away peacefully at the age of 79. He died where he wanted to be - at home next to his loving wife, Carol, who tenderly cared for her partner of nearly 54 years during his illness.
Frank was predeceased by his mom, Giuseppina (1980), his dad, Carlo (1983), his older sister, Angela (2017) and his brother-in-law Lyle Wonnacott (2014).
Frank was born in the small town of Travedona, Italy on November 7, 1941. With the prospect of a new life in Canada, his dad moved to Birds Hill, Manitoba in 1949, and three years later, Frank, his mom and his sister joined him. The time spent growing up in this community, surrounded by his cousins, the Bindas, is where Frank learned about the bond of family, and forged many friendships that lasted his lifetime.
Frank met Carol by happenstance, as Frank was originally high school friends with her older brother Richard. The two young men would hang out together at the Chornick family farm, and soon, Frank began coming around less to visit his buddy and more to visit his younger sister. As time carried on, Frank offered to be Carol's chauffeur, taking her to and from various events she attended. Frank knew he found his partner in life and he and Carol were married in 1967.
Frank and Carol moved to Transcona, where they raised their family of three - Dean, Perry and Candra. Family meant everything to Frank, and his years were spent doing everything he could to help make many fond memories for everyone. The Favoni house was often the scene of large family gatherings and parties with family friends. Their cozy house always seemed so much cozier when family and friends were visiting. Holidays were spent fishing, camping and exploring many parts of North America in the family motorhome - sometimes just the Favoni five, sometimes with other families. Frank always made sure that no one was left out, and friends of the kids were always included on adventures with open arms - as far as Frank was concerned, they were also considered family.
When Frank wasn't busy modifying the family home, assisting Carol with what needed doing, helping family and neighbours with various tasks, performing community club duties, doing odd jobs at Transcona United Church, making wine or helping his children with whatever they needed, he found time to enjoy activities with his friends. Golfing, bowling, and playing various card games, including Cribbage and Blitz were a few that he loved, but by far, fishing was his favourite. With family and with friends, Frank would travel near and far for pickerel, but he was most known for travelling to Pinawa to catch goldeye and subsequently make his 'world famous' smoked fish.
Frank spent 36 years teaching with 35 of these years in various positions with Winnipeg 1 School Division. For the early part of his career, Frank worked as a classroom teacher and used his skills to help influence the next generation of citizens. After receiving his Pre-Masters Degree of Education in Special Education, Frank shifted his focus and began supporting kids with visual impairments. Eventually Frank shifted once more and finished off his career compassionately working as a teacher for students in hospital or at home who were recovering from injury or illness.
Frank will be greatly missed by his wife Carol; sons, Dean (Kathi Grossart) and Perry (Jennifer Riddell) and his daughter Candra (Murray Hanstead). His grandchildren, Trent, Reed, Grace, Ella and Callum will also greatly miss Pa/Papa, who was their playmate and greatest cheerleader. Many extended family members and friends are also left with a big hole in their heart now that Frank is gone.
Carol and her family wish to thank their extended families and friends for the outpouring of love, prayers and support during Frank's illness. They would also like to send special thanks to CancerCare Manitoba, Richard and the rest of the Palliative Care team for their help, guidance and support during this difficult journey.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Transcona Memorial United Church (memo note: Building Fund) or to Palliative Care Manitoba.
Due to COVID restrictions, a memorial service will not be held at this time. An announcement regarding the service will appear at a later date.

E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors
ejcoutu.ca

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 24, 2021

Condolences & Memories (18 entries)

  • My sincerest condolences to the Favoni family. I first met Frank (or Mr. Favoni as I knew him then) as a student at Hugh John MacDonald in 1964. I recall that that we all liked Frank as a teacher and he had a great sense of humour. Many years later, I was fortunate to meet him again and also work with Candra at Winnipeg Transit. Rest in peace Mr. Favoni. Nick Iafolla - Posted by: Nick Iafolla (Friend and former student) on: May 05, 2021

  • Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. I have fond memories of Mr. Favoni. Take care. - Posted by: Cindy Rainkie (Neufeld) (Friend) on: Apr 28, 2021

  • Dear Carol and family, My sincere condolences to you and your family on the recent passing of Frank! He was always such a friendly and cheerful person and so good to everyone! Frank will be so sadly missed by his family and many friends! Wishing you all my heartfelt sympathies! Sincerely, Jean Sodomlak and family - Posted by: Jean Sodomlak (Friend) on: Apr 28, 2021

  • Carol, my condolences to you and family on the loss of Frankie. Irene and Terry notified me. - Posted by: Joe Brockowski (Friend) on: Apr 26, 2021

  • Carol & Family - He Will Always Be Remembered As you share the stories and the memories of how he lived his life and how very much he meant, may you find comfort... And, throughout this difficult time, may you also know the deep sympathy and concern that is felt for you and all your family. Valli & Bill. - Posted by: Bill & Valli Barker (Friends) on: Apr 26, 2021

  • Dear Dean - so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I am experiencing the most recent death of my Dad and share sympathies with how you are feeling. It is wonderful to think back at our school days and how families became friends. Extend my wishes to your family and a special hug for your Mom. Take care, friend. - Posted by: Vanda Altomare-Postello (School Friend of Dean & Siblings) on: Apr 26, 2021

  • Dear Ones All Please know friends are praying that each day ahead your faith and trust in our ever present Loving Father in Heaven will give you comfort, guidance and strength. We reach out to each of you and ask that you feel our Love and Hugs. Rest in Peace Frank - Posted by: Fritz and Helen Engel (Friends) on: Apr 26, 2021

  • Dear Carol and family. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you all. We are saddened to hear of Frank’s passing. Did not know he had been ill. Sending hugs your way. You both made a lovely couple always friendly and easy to talk to. May your memories bring you strength during this time. - Posted by: Carol & Glenn Chudley (Friend) on: Apr 25, 2021

  • Dear Carol and family: Bonnie and I send our condolences on hearing of the passing of Frank. I knew him from when I was a little boy. He was my sponsor for my confirmation. I remember one Easter, he brought me the biggest Chocolate Easter egg I had ever seen. It took me a couple of weeks to finish it. He will be in our thoughts and prayers. Carlo & Bonnie Macario (Calgary, Alberta) - Posted by: Carlo & Bonnie Macario (friend) on: Apr 25, 2021

  • Dear Carol & Family Deepest condolences from my sisters Maria Krmpotic, Antonia Kalic and myself Rudy Fidel. We all attended Hugh John MacDonald Junior High in the late 60's and early 70's. Maria and I were graced to have Mr. Favoni as our teacher. He parked his car at our home and became a friend to our parents Rudolf and Maria Fidel. He always helped them with their income tax. He was a kind and gentle soul a true mensch and a great educator. Enjoy your reward in heaven Mr. Favoni as you helped the least of God's little ones. Love & Prayers Rev. Rudy Fidel, Maria Krmpotic & Antonia Kalic - Posted by: Rev. Rudy Fidel (former student) on: Apr 24, 2021

  • First met Frank in 1964 I believe in my last year of Junior High at Hugh John McDonald. A few years after some of my friends kids were going to Hugh John and they had Frank for a teacher. I remember going to a social with Tom and Ruth Mills and Frank was there along with two other teachers who taught at Hugh John when I was a student there. We all had a great conversation about our time spent at that school. The last time I saw Frank was when he was running for a position in the Transcona School division. He came knocking on my door and we instantly recognized each other. Frank was a fantastic teacher and a wonderful human being. Sorry to hear of his passing and know that he will be missed by Family and friends. - Posted by: Brian Hoel (Teacher) on: Apr 24, 2021

  • Good teacher, enjoyed listening to his fishing stories Monday mornings. Sorry for his family's loss - Posted by: Doug hanisch (Former student Hugh John McDonald ) on: Apr 24, 2021

  • We offer our deepest condolences to Carol and your family. When I think of Frank the first memory is 1953 when as immigrants from Italy we met the Favoni family at their home in Birds Hill. Our connection strengthened as in a couple of years Frank's sister Angela became Godmother to my Brother Frank Macario and there after we were connected for life. Through Angela we always had news of Frank's Education and latter his family news. Angela always said he was the best brother a sister could have. Due to Covid we cannot express our sympathy in person and this sadness me very much. We will pray for you all and hope you can find comfort in all the love Frank gave us. - Posted by: Luisa and Rossano Di Nicola (Friend ) on: Apr 24, 2021

  • Carol, so very sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Keeping you in my thoughts. - Posted by: Jennifer Byron (Friend) on: Apr 24, 2021

  • So saddened to learn of the passing of my high school French teacher. He was caring, understanding and always fun to be in his class. We met by chance some decades later at which time he had written his home address on a card for me. Unfortunately, and regrettably, we never again connected to reminisce or meet his family. My sincerest condolences to all the Favoni family. He was indeed a "Fav" of all his students. R.I.P. Mr. Favoni. - Posted by: Tony Garofalo (Old student) on: Apr 24, 2021

  • I'm very sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Frank. I like to think that when he made it to heaven that dad was there with his hand out stretched and said " well, hello Frank!" God bless. - Posted by: Terri Wagner (Family) on: Apr 24, 2021

  • Dean, my deepest condolences to you and your family on your loss. - Posted by: Cam Moskal (Friend) on: Apr 24, 2021

  • Dear Carol and family. Our sincerest condolences on the sad news of Frank’s passing. He was a kind man, generous with his time and care for others. Many hugs. - Posted by: Don and Wilma Sparkes (Friend) on: Apr 24, 2021

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