(May 28th, 2022)
The family of Patricia Frie sadly announce her passing in Kaslo, BC, at the Victorian Health Centre. She was born in Canley Vale, NSW, Australia and trained as a Registered Nurse and Midwife prior to moving to Canada in of July 1961. She met and married long-time Kaslo resident Kenneth Frie on October 20, 1962. Patricia is survived by her children Gavin (Marnee) and Tana; grandchildren Camryn, Jenna; sister Elaine Joy Merrett, (Alice Springs, NT, AUS), sisters-in-law, Irene Edwards, Verna Booth (Ken) and Marie Frie; 11 nephews, and six nieces in Canada and Australia. She was pre-deceased by her husband Kenneth, parents John and Gwyneth Hoad, brother Noel Hoad, brother-in laws Albert Edwards, Denis Frie, and nephews Rocky Frie, and Jeffery Booth.
She nursed many residents of Kaslo and area for 38 years until she retired in 1999. She was often commended on her Xray skills from the chief radiologist in Nelson at that time. She was an excellent nurse, but she should have been a doctor. To that she would say that she was glad for her nursing career as she enjoyed the hands-on care that she could give. She made the front page of the Nelson Daily News in July of 1966 for shooting a bear out of her bedroom window in one shot and had done so with permission of conservation officers at that time. She was very active with her husband in Kinsmen and Kinettes and with the Kaslo and District Figure Skating Club. They were active RVers and especially loved camping at Davis and MacDonald Creek Provincial camp sites. In their later years they both enjoyed the Seniors Exercise classes at St. Andrews United Church and were often spotted out walking together around the Village hand-in-hand. She was a voracious reader and was often most happy with her nose in a book and didn’t go many places without one.
She developed a slow growing benign brain tumour that eventually took the sight in her left eye and she was deeply self-conscious about it. As per her wishes, there will be no funeral services and the family will do a scattering of her ashes later. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Kaslo Ladies Hospital Auxiliary.