May 20, 1967 – April 4, 2021
In Loving Memory of Frank Lothar Domeier ~
Frankie slid into eternity peacefully while in the loving arms of his sister Linda, and his dearest friend Jock McKenzie. He is preceded by his mother Margit Emile (nee Wendel) Domeier on November 27, 2009.
Left behind to mourn the incredible loss are his Daughter Mia, Son Lucas, and Wife Julianne, Father Lothar (Patsy), Sister Linda (Kai and Tessa), and Cousins Britta Goeson, Ilona Hirschfelder, Onkel Heinz and Tante Silvanna Hessing.
Frank was born first generation Canadian on the Traditional Lands of the Haida Nation in Queen Charlotte City to parents Lothar and Margit, and older sister Linda. The young family resided first in Moresby Camp and then Swell Inlet with the Hirschfelder family.
In 1974 they left and spent two years in the Comox Valley, then settled in the town of Port McNeill. This wonderful small logging town is where they would build their dream home together and start their family business Micron Machine Works. This is also where Frankie would spend the rest of his life.
Frank finished school with the credits he needed to go to Malaspina College to become a certified Class A ticket welder. It was clear this is what he was meant to do. He was talented, hardworking and would follow in the footsteps of his father and family business.
There was not a thing he could not build or modify. He built Boats, Snorkels, and Grapples and his work is known around the world. He also built the best boy toys. His white Ford F350 is a testament to his talent, a true original! His campfire pits are legendary and used by many. And his metal artwork hangs in many doorways.
Frank was a sporty fella – he rode motocross, motor bikes, and mountain bikes. He went on long enduro motor bike trips and could often be seen in the harbour on his Jet ski. He skied like a pro and loved the outdoors.
He could camp anywhere, and within a short period of time would set up a camp with every cool modification imaginable. Nimpkish Lake May long weekends will continue in his memory, as he made those trips what they were for so many of his friends.
He left many a friend with endless memories of wild adventures, especially those trips to Side Bay and Rivers Inlet!
After the passing of his mother, known as Gitta in 2009, Frankie took over the family business which allowed his father Lothar to retire. He would build on Micron Machine works and Ocean Master Boats to make his own name in the ever-changing industry.
In 2015 Frank would marry Julianne and make her his beautiful wife. Their daughter Mia was born 2014 and their son Lucas in 2016. He had his amazing little family, and they were his pride and joy. They held his heart and were his greatest accomplishment.
He was an exceptional father, always grinning when he was with Mia and Lucas. He would take them to town, so proud to introduce them as his children! Frankie and Julianne would enjoy many trips camping and boating, as he introduced them to all the beauty the north island outdoors could offer.
As a father and husband, he would share with all of them the great pleasure and knowledge of all those wonderful things he loved so much.
Early January of 2021 while in Campbell River Hospital, Frank discovered he had an inoperable metastatic Esophageal Cancer. Many thanks to the medical surgical team for their kindness and caring at CRH.
Frank was then transferred to Victoria under the care of his Sister/Nurse Linda for symptom management while a treatment plan came together. Frank completed 10 rounds of palliative radiation with success, as it provided him the ability to swallow again and eased extreme symptoms.
A special thank you to South Island Home Care Nursing and South Island Palliative team.
Frank made it home for several weeks, but then the nature of and progression of his disease found him in Nanaimo Hospital for a short period. Special thanks to all attending medical staff who cared for him at NRH. Thank you to North Island Home and Community Nursing Team.
Frankie was then transferred to RJH in Victoria, and after a brief stay on 4 South, many thanks to Dr. Antonsen for his daily visits and special rapport with Frankie, his last move was to 8 South, a Palliative/ Medical Oncology Unit.
A heartfelt thank you to 8 South leadership for allowing everyone to come and go with the greatest of Covid Protocols: to Social Worker Michelle and Pastoral Care Peter for your ear and calm nature.
Many, many thanks to BCCA and all the medical staff who gently listened and advocated for Frankie’s voice to be heard, all while delivering outstanding specialized care. To all the nursing staff, RN’s, LPNs, and Care Aides whose love and devotion to their practice was superlative and delivered with the highest standard of excellence. Words like sublime describe 8 south Staff. Thank you for all you do, you are all true Angels!
As Jock and Linda walked together those last 24 hours, there was no room for anything other than pure love. There was Song, Burgers and Beer to Def Leppard, Dire Straits and his latest favourite – Miley Cyrus’ Slide Away, now a cherished memory.
Franks last breath came at 20:53 to Emily Dickinson “Because I could not stop for death, he kindly stopped for me.”
And as Jock read Psalms 23, Frankie ascended to where it all begins. Love, Peace and Eternity.
To the many friends who supported the Domeier family: Thank you for all the meals cooked, groceries delivered, and love expressed. Your presence was always felt, and your love fueled heart and soul.
A special thank you to Patsy Somers, Greta Webster, Colleen Varkonja Martin, Brenda Issac, Sandy Adelborg Burger, Bridie Cain, and Carol Downing, along with those who made the trip to see Frank in Hospital: Onkel Heinz and Tante Silvanna, Brenda Wiggins and Vjeko Zima, Rick Sutherland, Woody Smith, and Brent Schmidt. And to Chris Bobb for supporting Jock while in Victoria. Thank you, Pita and Hanna Ray Rosback, for your support once his family came home.
The family wishes to extend thanks to Janet and the crew at Micron Machine Works for their dedication to the Family Business.
A very special Thank You to Kim Murphy Leonard. Kim’s unconditional support of driving up and down the island and taking care of Frankie’s littles ones was a true act of love. Her lifelong friendship and love for Frankie shone like a bright star during the darkest of night.
Her love for his family will always hold a special place in their hearts. Gitta saw her love, and heaven smiled softly.
The most humbling thank you goes to Jock and Gillian McKenzie. Gillian for releasing her husband from her beautiful family to Frankie’s family. Jock, for putting his life on hold gracefully to be at Franks bedside. Thank you for watching the children and supporting Frankie’s beautiful wife. Jock supported Lothar like a son and the family bows with gratitude. Frank was blessed to have his lifelong friendship.
A PROMISE TO FRANKIE
His family and friends will do everything possible to ensure his children knew who his dad was; as a dad, husband, son, brother, mentor and a man who blessed his community. With the help of all those who loved him, and by tributes as posted by Adam D, Frankie’s legacy will be passed on and hopefully continue to inspire.
Losing Frankie was a devastating blow to all. To his wife and children, unsurmountable and beyond words. Frankie’s Spirit is larger than life as he now rests in his mother’s arms eternally.
In Kindness and with Love, The Domeier Family