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Born: Nov 23, 1918
Date of Passing: Oct 02, 1999Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
GLEN FRAIN Peacefully on October 2, 1999, Glen Frain passed away while in the good care of the nurses and doctors of the St. Boniface General Hospital. Glen was born, Walter Glen Frain, on November 23, 1918 in Wadena, Saskatchewan. Glen left the farm at an early age and soon volunteered to join the Canadian Armed Forces in 1939. Glen served in the elite U.S.- Canadian Armed Forces combat commando unit called the First Special Service Force, nicknamed The Devils Brigade or The Black Devils by the enemy, where he attained the rank of Sargeant in the 5th Company 1st Regiment. After seeing active duty in the Aleutian Islands, North Africa and Italy, where he was wounded twice, Glen returned to Winnipeg when the Second World War was over and took up a musical career with a band known as Glen Frain and his Buckaroos. The Buckaroos played at many a barn dance and Mid-Nite Frolics throughout Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The Buckaroos also played for many years at a couple of Winnipeg landmarks known as Pattersons Barn and the Normandy, as well as many other establishments. It was during the Buckaroos touring days in Manitoba when he met and married Dolly Stashko on August 9, 1952. They remained married until Dolly passed away on November 21, 1987. They had two sons, Tom and Gary. In addition to his commitment to the Buckaroos, Glen was employed with Manitoba Hydro from 1961 until he retired in 1983. Glen spent many years as the Storekeeper at Hydros St. Boniface location. Glen is survived by his two sons, Tom (Heather) and Gary, and granddaughters Kara and Julia. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 6 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Leatherdale Gardiner Funeral Chapel, 1501 Waverley Street. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, October 7 at 1:30 p.m. also in the Leatherdale Gardiner Funeral Chapel, with Padre Stan Millar officiating. Interment will follow in Waverley Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Glens two sons, brother-in-law Ernie Wright, nephews Jeff Stashko and Ken Stashko and long time Buckaroo Wilf Wowchuk. Tom and Gary would like to thank all the doctors and professional care givers at the St. Boniface General Hospital who attended our Father this past week. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Glens memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba 301-352 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB R3B 2H8. LEATHERDALE GARDINER 1501 Waverley Street 949-4860
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 05, 1999
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