In Memory of

Franklyn

David

Sigurdur

Obituary for Franklyn David Sigurdur

Franklyn David Sigurdur
March 8, 1954 – December 16, 2023

On December 16, 2023, with his family by his side our precious Husband, Father and Avi, Franklyn Sigurdur passed away at the age of 69.

He was predeceased by his son, David, parents Baldur and Lillian, Brother Stoney, Nephew Shannon and Father-In-Law, Rene Van De Woestyne.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy, daughters Sherry (Ed), Jackie (Brent) and granddaughters Jayden and Addison, sister Heida Bottrell, Mother-In Law Mary Van De Woestyne, Sister-In-Law Linda (Duane)Fox, Brothers-In-Law Jim(Celeste) and Kevin(Gwen) Van De Woestyne, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Now where do we start the story of this amazing man! Dad was born in Gimli and grew up on the family farm in Camp Morton. In his early years he attended school at King Edward No. 1 in Camp Morton and then eventually onto Gimli High School. When he left school, he worked many jobs and eventually became a journeyman ironworker. In the seventies a construction job headed him to Estevan, Sask. where he met our mom. It didn’t take long to make it official, and they tied the knot on May 28, 1977. Once they were married, they headed to Calgary to start a new life together. Even though Dad feared nothing, he retired his work boots and changed careers for something less dangerous. He started working as a salesman for a chemical company and soon decided that he could be his own boss and hence their first company was born. For the next 15 years they worked and made a very successful company together. Dad always wanted to be closer to family and city life just was not for them, so they moved back home to Camp Morton where they built their dream home and raised their two girls. Since they needed to make a living, they picked up where they left off and started another chemical company called Interlake Chemicals for which they operated for over 30 years. Dad would spend hours and hours doing deliveries and working in the shop alongside mom. They worked together like a well-oiled machine. It took a special kind of love for them to work side by side everyday and still have things to talk about in the evening. In 2019 Dad decided it was time to step away from the local business and focus on their other company Sure Step which is still operating today. He truly missed his daily visits with customers and was compelled to go to Gimli every morning because that was his routine for 30 years. Blessed with the gift of gab, he would run into people at the post office or store and always blame the other guy for long conversations they had.

In the summer you would often find Dad in his T-shirt and shorts, Tilley and Crocs working either in the skid steer, tractor, or on the lawn mower in his park-like yard. He was complimented numerous times for how well his yard looked. After a days work you would find him floating in the pool while enjoying a cold beverage. Dad and Mom loved to travel and went on numerous vacations, but the top of his list was Kauai, Hawaii and Keesch Lake Fly In Fishing Lodge. They went on many casino and border crossing trips with friends, but his favorite times were spent at home having “Afternoon Coffee Breaks” with friends. Dad enjoyed listening to music and would often whistle and tap along to the music while driving. He had an amazing talent for playing the accordion, and although he didn't pull it out often, when he did it was enjoyed by everyone in the room.

He was notorious for collecting things and never threw anything away. He would say “you never know when you may need it again”. That trait was taught to him well by his father and brother. The Sigurdur Farm was often referred to as Sanford and Sons.
Dad was always there to offer advice, lend a hand if needed, and greeted everyone with a smile, a hug, a handshake, or a joke. His advice is something that we will miss every day, even if the answer we were looking for wasn't the one we wanted, guaranteed it was the correct one. His Granddaughters will miss his crazy tickles, his famous ribs, homemade bacon, smoked salmon, cookies and Ponnukokurs and truly he was the best gravy maker ever!

There are no words to describe the hole that is left behind in the lives of everyone who knew him. His family and friends will remember his positivity, his tenacity, his spirit, his laughter, and his courage in the face of his diagnosis. He was one of a kind and his memory will live on in all that knew him.

Celebration of Life will be held on January 6, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. at the Fraserwood Hall.

Goda Nott Elskan Min!