After a brief stay at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Frank passed away peacefully on February 17th with his wife and eldest daughter at his side.

Frank was predeceased by his brother Giovanni and sister Rosa, both of whom passed while his family was still living in Italy.  He is survived by Georgia, his loving wife of 53 years; three children Cindy (Sidig), James and Jennifer (Ian); three beloved granddaughters Sara, Julia and Emily; and two brothers Mario (Lori) and John (Berta). Frank will be dearly missed by his family and many relatives, friends and neighbours.

Frank was born in Domanico, Cosenza, Italy, to the late Francesca Gilda and Eugenio Antonio Pagnotta. In 1958 he came to Victoria, BC to join his father who had arrived earlier.  He later met Georgia Simms. They married in 1967 and had three children.

Frank was a carpenter by trade and worked for Greater Victoria School District 61 for many years until his retirement in 2000.

Frank was a gentle soul with a great sense of humour. He enjoyed the simple pleasures in life and was happiest when tending to his gardens, tinkering in his workshop, and doting on his three beautiful granddaughters.

A private family service to celebrate Frank’s life will be held on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 11:00 am (PST). Extended family and friends who would like to attend virtually via Zoom should contact the family for details.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the BC Cancer Research Centre.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Rosemary, Biagio and family Pecorelli

    Georgia and family, we were so very sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. He was truly a gentle and kind man and his permanent smile was always so inviting. Our deepest condolences to you all during this sad time.

  • Gerry Adam

    Georgia and family, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Frank. I served a good portion of my apprenticeship under Frank when we worked together for Herb Dong and Tim Brown, Darwai construction. He was always willing to take the time to teach, such a really nice guy. I am sorry for your loss.

  • Gloria

    Going to Victoria means visiting family – which includes all of you. We have many fond memories of visiting the Victor house over all these years, of tea time, and Christmases. We will forever hold Frank close to our hearts and we send all our love.
    Gloria, Jerry, Kaylin, and Kiera

  • Mike Pagnotta

    I’m very sad over the loss of my Uncle Frank . My deepest condolences to Georgia, Cindy , James, and Jennifer along with their family as well. The world has lost a very kind, honest and all round good person.

  • Scott Miki

    I’m profoundly sorry for your loss. The entire Pagnotta family always treated me and my family like we were their own and we will miss his smile, generosity and kindness. I’ve known him for close to 37 years now – I have so many fond memories. To Georgia, Cindy, James, Jennifer and the entire family, we’re thinking of you.

  • Michelle & Ali

    We will all miss Uncle Frank so much. Our only comfort is the many happy memories we have of him. He will always be in our hearts.

  • Wei

    Condolences to you James and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Concetta Peluso

    Dear Georgia and family: Heartfelt condolences on the loss of your husband and father. We have great memories of the early “immigrant” life beginning when Dad lived with the Pagnotta’s upon arrival from Italy and later on when Mom and I joined him. Frank will be missed – he was such a lovely gentle man. I hope that all the wonderful memories you have of him will bring you comfort and joy in during difficult times. Sending loving thoughts and prayers. Edvige(Luigino) and Concetta (Connie) Peluso

  • Valerie and Terry Kearns

    Georgia, and family. We are so sorry for your loss and hope that all your good memories will help to ease your sadness. We are glad that we got a visit in with you, Frank and Glenda, in March of 2019. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Georgia. Valerie and Terry

  • Anita Manchester

    I will miss Franks smile, the bantering between him & Georgia, his humor, the kindness, and patience he showed. Isayas will miss playing, anything with Frank & just hanging out. We have been so blessed to have know Frank and we will miss him with all our hearts. Georgia, Cindy, Jamie, Jenny, and Family, please know that although we can’t be there in person you are not alone, Frank meant so much to so many, he made an impression in my life and so many others who were lucky enough to have known him. With all our love, Anita & Isayas

  • Jo, Tony & Rob

    Uncle Frank will be greatly missed. We will treasure all the memories of a wonderful uncle and friend.

  • Ivana

    So sorry for your loss! Frank was good and kind, and will be missed. My sincere condolences go out to you all.

  • Marg Elliott

    To All the Pagnotta family.
    My sincere condolences , May Frank Rest In Peace,
    & you find comfort in his love & memories he gave you.

    Marg Elliott & Family

  • Bill and Anne

    Thinking of you, Georgia and family. We have many treasured memories of Frank, most notably Frank in his garden, tending his bounty of vegetables and creating gentle deterrences for his eager deer visitors.

  • Suzy, Nikolas & Noah

    Our deepest condolences to Frank’s immediate family; Georgia, Cindy, James & Jennifer and all their families. Also to Frank’s brothers, Mario & John and their family’s. My heart goes out to you all in this difficult time, may you have lots of fond memories to cherish❤️ Sending hugs to you all❤️

  • Kris Ghag

    Aman and I are very sorry to hear of Frank’s passing and, while words may not help with the sorrow, we are sending our thoughts, sympathy, and condolences to the entire family, friends and anyone impacted by this terrible loss.

  • Justine

    Condolences to you Cindy and your family! Thinking of you during these difficult times.

  • Angela Pagnotta

    Uncle Frank will be greatly missed by us all. Will cherish the memories of a very sweet man

  • Ron Cowan

    Condolences Georgia and family.He was a great neighbour

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