1935 - 2022
Obituary of Frank Fittler
86 Years. Passed away peacefully on February 2nd , 2022 , surrounded by the love of his family, at Erie Shores Health Care in Leamington.
Beloved husband of the late Susie (Patkau) (2011) whom he married on February 23, 1957. Loving father of Helga (Adam) Schiefer, Judy (Marc) Arbour, the late Frances (Bill) Sudds and Ed (Audrey) Fittler.
Cherished Opa of Sarah (James) Muir, Nikki (Winston) Maricar, Matthew (Justine ) Arbour, Patrick (Anna) Arbour, Amanda Sudds (Derek), Emily Sudds, Samantha Fittler (Jono), Gregory Fittler, Ashley Fittler (James) and Amber Fittler.
So lucky to have known a great grandfather (Opa) are Ethan and Quinn Maricar, Emerson Muir, Owen and Emma Arbour, Elyse and Kayden Nowell and Zoe Arbour.
Frank is survived by his sister-in law Hilda (late Steve), his brothers Helmut (Sandra) and Willy (Margaret). He is preceded in death by his parents George and Helen Fittler and his brothers George, John (late Helen) and Steve.
He was born on September 26, 1935 in Kapetanovo Polje, Yugoslavia (now Croatia) and emigrated to Canada in 1951 with his parents and brothers. His grandmother Magdalena Arndt followed. The family worked and sharecropped on farms in the Rodney area before moving to Leamington. He and Susie met in Leamington over a love of dancing at the Hi Y. They married on February 23, 1957. In the early years they both worked at Heinz while their family grew. When their family was complete, they moved to a farm in on the 2nd, concession in the Hillman Marsh area where they happily became tomato farmers. In the early 70’s they moved again, this time to a farm on the 3rd concession in Kingsville where they continued tomato farming. He and his brothers had established the Sunburst Canning Factory in 1965 and the tomatoes were processed there. He and his brothers also built the apartment building on Division Street North in Kingsville, where dad lived for a couple of years after Susie passed away.
As mentioned earlier he and Susie loved to dance and spent many happy Saturday nights at the Rhine Danube Club, spinning around the dance floor. They were perfect partners .
Cremation has taken place. Due to Covid there will be no funeral service at this time. The family will gather at a later date to inter the ashes at Leamington Memorial Gardens.
If desired, the family would appreciate donations to Erie Shores Hospice (Hospice Erie Shores Campus), the MCC meat Canners or a charity of your choice.