In Memory of

Frank

CALIC

Obituary for Frank CALIC

CALIC, Frank - Passed away peacefully at Woodingford Lodge, Woodstock on Tuesday, October 3, 2023 surrounded by family, Frank Calic at the age of 91, only 11 days shy of his 92nd birthday.

Beloved husband of Elizabeth Calic (nee Brattengeier). Loving father of Betty & Simon, Frank & Heather and John. Grandpa to Andrea, Carly, Adam, Andrew, Trevor and Kristen. Great grandpa to Maddox, Gavin, Journey and Kayden. He will be fondly remembered by nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

The family will welcome visitors at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock on Thursday, October 5, 2023 from 6 – 8 pm and again Friday from 11 am -12 pm. The funeral mass will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, 1420 Devonshire Ave, Woodstock, Friday at 1 pm. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

As an expression of sympathy donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Southwest Partners, Holy Trinity Church or a charity of your choice. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

Frank Calic was born October 14th, 1931 in Knazevo, Yugoslavia (now Croatia). He was the youngest of three sons, which included Josip and Martin Jr. to Rosa and Martin. His career path took him to a three
year, trade school apprenticeship to become a barber. After graduating he moved to Pancevo for employment.
In 1951, at the age of nineteen, with most of Europe still recovering from the ravages of post war,
Frank decided that there had to be a better life out there in the world. Even though there were
border restrictions and heavy military police presence, Frank made his way solely to Italy. In May
of that year he found himself with others in a refugee camp. Several countries had set up consulates
to assist them in immigration. Frank’s first choice was Australia (to get as far away as possible) but due to a national election, they temporarily closed their boarders. Canada was recruiting workers and even though Frank was not sure he could find it on the map, he signed up. He arrived by boat to Quebec City in September 1951 and was relocated to Woodstock due to the need for farm-hand workers. Frank worked for George and Betty Sebok for three years. In those years he split his time between barbering and working on the tobacco farm. Along the way Frank was introduced to Elizabeth, and they married on October 15, 1955. Their family grew to include Betty, Frank Jr. and John. In 1964, Frank purchased what became as a fixture in the Woodstock business community – Frank’s Barber Shop. He ran the business until his retirement 37 years later and was thrilled that he could sometimes cut three generations of his customer’s families.
Family was always very important to Frank and Elizabeth. With their hard work and perseverance, they sponsored both of his brother’s families as well as his parents. The entire Calic clan was once again intact.
Frank was an avid sports fan, all sports for that matter. He cheered on the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Blue Jays. The family spent countless hours in all hockey arenas throughout Southwestern Ontario when the two boys played hockey. He built an ice rink in the backyard and replaced a fair number of the next-door neighbor’s windows.
Fank loved to fish. Weekly fishing trips to Port Stanley led to purchasing a boat in Long Point, which led to the cottage. Frank and Elizabeth were famous for their perch fish fries.
Frank and Elizabeth loved to travel and did so to countless destinations around the world. They particularly like Acapulco and would spend much of the winter months on the sunny beach.
Unfortunately, Frank was diagnosed with dementia shortly after his retirement in 2001. He fought the battle with Elizabeth at his side. They staved off the inevitable until very recently.
Frank would certainly wish to be remembered as a true gentleman, friendly and outgoing, and for those that knew him personally, how much he enjoyed their company and especially if a good time was being had by all.
Remember Frank with a song in his heart, a smile on his face and a Black Russian in his hand. He will be missed.