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Frank Wadsworth

WADSWORTH: Frank- August 11, 1928- May 29, 2017

At age 88, passed away at Pioneer Elder Care in St. Catharines, Ontario on May 29, 2017. He was born on August 11, 1928 in Brandon, Manitoba, the youngest child of Clarence and Ethel Jane (Castle) Wadsworth. Frank, a real gentleman, was an unassuming man with a great wit and a sharp intellect. His wealth of historical knowledge and his love of discussing Canadian politics, made him a great storyteller that captivated the listener and won admiration from those that knew him.Frank began teaching in 1954 and attended the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg part-time, graduating in 1956 with a degree in History and his teacher’s certificate.He met his future wife, Ariel (Genik) while they were both teaching at the Beausejour High School in Beausejour, Manitoba. They married in Dauphin, Manitoba on August 11, 1956. In 1957, they moved to St. Catharines, ON to take up teaching posts. Frank taught history in the Niagara region for 29 years first at the St. Catharines Collegiate, then at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School and finally at Thorold Secondary High School. Frank spent summer breaks with his family camping all across Canada as he believed in seeing Canada first. In his retirement, Frank and Ariel travelled extensively to Europe and the Far East finally seeing the ancient sites and monuments about which he had spent his life teaching.Frank is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ariel and children Patti (Ewan Botterill) and David (Susan), 4 granddaughters Kristin (Jeff), Heather (Matthew), Laura (Jamie) and Max and 2 great grandchildren Liam and Sadie . Frank is also survived by his mother-in-law, Helen Genik (nee Sawchyn) and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, his brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Merle Wadsworth and by his sister and brother-in-law, Donna and John Melanson.Heartfelt thanks to the amazing staff at Pioneer Elder Care for the wonderful care they provided. As per Frank’s request, there will be no service.


  • Kit Flynn Posted June 4, 2017 12:14 am

    Patti, you and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers at this time of loss.

  • Roz & Al McLean Posted June 5, 2017 12:19 am

    Patti & family
    We are sorry for the loss of your father. We met you briefly when we purchased your parents home on Riverview Blvd. I did not meet your Dad but reading his obituary it is apparent he was acclaimed as a teacher and historian and a wonderful family man. We think often of the thought and care that your parents must have put into this beautiful home for more than 50 years. We will continue to do the same. You must have such happy memories growing up here so if at any time you would like to drop by you would be made welcome. Pass on our condolences to all your family..
    Roz McLean

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