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DR. FRANK J. ALBI

Born: Jul 05, 1932

Date of Passing: Jan 07, 2023

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DR. FRANK J. ALBI


Dr. Frank J. Albi, a beloved family physician and pillar of Winnipeg's Italian community, passed away peacefully in Calgary on January 7, 2023, at the age of 90.
Frank was born in Winnipeg on July 5, 1932, the youngest child of Frank R. and Gilda Albi. His father was one of the first immigrants from Grimaldi, a small town in Calabria, to settle in Winnipeg. Frank grew up on the corner of Wolseley and Sherbrook, the much loved little brother of Wilfred, Rose and Raymond. He attended Mulvey and Gordon Bell schools and made his mark on the playing fields, excelling in soccer and baseball. He started work at an early age. One memorable job, with his childhood friend Steve Demery, was delivering bread from a horse-drawn carriage.
Frank studied medicine at the University of Manitoba and interned at the St. Boniface Hospital. In 1958 he joined the practice at St. Boniface Clinic. Together with his brother Wilfred, he looked after the health needs of Winnipeg's Italian community. His dedication to his patients was legendary. An old-time general practitioner, he delivered babies, made house calls, and assisted in surgeries. After almost 50 years of dedicated professionalism, Frank retired from medicine in 2006, at the age of 74. He lived up to his personal motto of the three A's: Affability, Ability, and Availability - in other words, be there, do the job, and smile!
At the St. Boniface Hospital, he met a young nurse, Elaine Holub, and they married in 1962. They made their home on Middle Gate, just down the street from where he had grown up. They had three children, twins Frank N. and Gina and youngest daughter Carla. Frank was predeceased by his infant daughter Gina in 1964 and his dear wife Elaine in 2015. He is survived by his son Frank N. and wife Rosalind of Calgary, daughter Carla and husband Paul of Victoria, and four cherished grandchildren, Frankie, Hannah, Lauren and Ashley.
Frank was a devout Catholic and parishioner of Holy Rosary Church. He was active in the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Physicians Guild of Manitoba. In the early 1980s, responding to a need in the Italian community, he, together with Josie Lucidi and Gus Cosentino, spearheaded the construction of Villa Cabrini at River and Osborne, a residence for seniors. He then brought his experience to the board of the Villa Nova, another seniors home established by the Italian community. For his exceptional efforts, he received from Mayor Bill Norrie in 1985 the City of Winnipeg Community Service Award.
It was impossible not to appreciate Frank's warmth, good humour and exuberance. He revelled in talking to people and hearing their stories. He enjoyed making the weekly rounds of De Luca's grocery store, Toni's barbershop, Canadian Tire, Casa Grande restaurant, and, on Sundays, spaghetti dinner with his family. He had fun golfing at Crescent Drive with his buddy Gus Cosentino and cousins John Albi and Freddie Albi. Most important to him, of course, was family. He was a devoted husband, supportive father and indulgent grandfather. He looked after the needs of his own father, his stepmother Rosaria, and his older siblings as they aged. He was especially close to Wilfred, his brother, colleague, and neighbour. He was beloved by his nephews and nieces, Andrea and Christopher and Guy and Christina.
Cremation and a private funeral service have taken place in Calgary. His family would like to thank the staff at Amica's Aspen Woods and Britannia in Calgary for ensuring that his final years were happy and comfortable. He will be laid to rest with his wife at St. Mary's Cemetery in Winnipeg in the summer, at which time his family will host a Mass and celebration of his life at Holy Rosary.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 14, 2023

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Dr Frank was my doctor but more importantly shaped my future. He employed me when he found out I quit school, because I spoke Italian was 1 of the receptionists at St. Boniface Clinic. I am now retired from the university of Manitoba faculty of medicine as Administrator, because of Dr. Frank I was able to have a successful career. I will remember Dr Frank always. - Posted by: Caterina Carbone (Patient and employee ) on: Jan 21, 2023

  • I had the privilege of knowing Dr. Frank at St-Boniface Clinic where I worked in the Medical Records one summer. He was always a happy man, a smile lighting his face wherever he went. I also saw him when I worked at St-B Hospital and thereafter I lost track of him for a few years. When he retired from practice, I was asked to play at a small gathering of his colleagues and family. It was a very special time and moment to say goodbye to an old friend. Frank N and family, I know where your father is. In Heaven there are no more tears and Dr. Frank has his familiar house calls bag with him - except it's white. Inside of it are no longer instruments but happy memories he gets to share with the many people he treated, cared for and loved. He is watching over you all with fondness and a great big and hearty smile. - Posted by: Claire (Friend) on: Jan 20, 2023

  • Frank and I were classmates at Mulvey--the original one at Maryland and Broadway, and at Gordon Bell--the original one at Maryland at Wolseley. We played together in all the sports at school and I can say that Frank was a gifted athlete. We did not see each other for many years as our different careers seemed to prevent that. My heart goes out to the family. - Posted by: Ray H Newman (Classmate at Mulvey and Gordon bell Schools) on: Jan 15, 2023

  • I had the pleasure to work for him in the seventies till 1985 he was so funny and a wonderful boss. My condolences to the family, heaven received another angel. - Posted by: Enza maiorino (Friend) on: Jan 14, 2023

  • I had the pleasure of working with Dr Frank & Dr Wilfred both, at the St Boniface Clinic. They always made me smile and I thought they were just wonderful. I have never forgotten them. My condolences. - Posted by: Deb Mae Villeneuve-Fisher (Worked with Dr Albi) on: Jan 14, 2023

  • My deepest sympathies to you Frank, Carla and your families on the loss of your Dad. Although we didn't see each other very often, us being out here in Vancouver and only getting back home to Winnipeg on special occasions, I remember him as a very friendly and engaging person....very easy to talk with. He will be in our prayers...Much love to the family....Ros - Posted by: Rosalyn (Cousin) on: Jan 14, 2023

  • My condolences to Dr Albi's family. He was my family doctor in the 1970s. I would like to share a quote with his family Dr Albi has not died,but gone away to a better place free of pain and suffering. We will see him again someday. Rest in Peace Dr Albi. You are loved and will be missed. - Posted by: Patricia Homenick (Patient of Dr Albi) on: Jan 14, 2023

  • My heart goes out to Frank and Carla's family for the loss of their father and grandfather, he was a great man, friendly and a terrific family doctor. frank was my family's doctor for years before he retired. he had looked after 5 generations of our families. He and his brother Wilfred were also classmates at school. Frank & Elaine were also considered a friend to us and we had many visits and conversations over the years. They were sorrily missed when they moved out west to be with your families. May your family's cherish the many memories you have of both of your parents as much as we will. It makes me sad that he will be missed greatly, but, knowing that he is with Elaine and Wilfred etc is enough to know that there will be many conversations and laughs in heaven once again. Frank truly was a great man, my heart is broken as well as yours. - Posted by: denise baker (patient & friend) on: Jan 14, 2023

  • Doctor Frank was my Doctor and Friend for many years until he retired. He was such a nice guy, and always available. RIP Dr Frank. - Posted by: Tom Hamilton (Friend) on: Jan 14, 2023

  • Dr. Albi was a wonderful man. As his patient for many years, I can testify to his professionalism, warmth and compassion. He was a true individual - exuberant, funny and kind. What a better world this would be if there were more like him. My sincere condolences to the family. - Posted by: Mark Duncan (Patient ) on: Jan 14, 2023

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