Frank Robert Brandle

1909 - 1963

Frank Robert Brandle

1909 - 1963

Janet Ratery Cochrane Tennant

1914-1945

Frank Robert Brandle was born on the ocean as his family travelled from Bohemia (known as the Czech Republic today) to Canada.  His birth is listed as 31 May 1909 in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada.

 

Frank lived in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada until after his parented died.  One of the various jobs he did was help paint the Lethbridge train bridge in 1928.  While painting, a train started to cross and shook the bridge.  Frank fell off but managed to grab a girder on his way down to save his life. 

 

Another of the jobs he did was deliver milk.  It was while delivering milk to the McNeelie farm that he met Janet, who was a family friend and visited the farm often.

 

 In 1932, he left Alberta, and spent time in a number of places including Vancouver and Northern Alberta before settling in Ontario in 1935, finding work in a nickel mine.  He called for Janet to come to Ontario.  Frank married her (Janet Ratery Cochrane Tennant) 24 April 1936, in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.  They had 6 daughters before Janet died in 1945.  Due to an Ontario law preventing a single man from raising children, Frank left Ontario shortly after Janet's death with 5 daughters and his mother-in-law and returned to Alberta.

 

In 1946, Frank met then later married Wanda Attella Anderson on 11 April 1946 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.  They eventually moved to Blairmore where Frank provided maintenance as a mechanic in a coal mine.  Due to an accident there, Frank had to leave the coal mine, and they moved to Lethbridge where Frank was responsible for the the filtration system at the power plant.  They had two daughters before Frank died of a heart attack at work on 18 July 1963.

 

Frank's parents were Frantisek Xaver Brandle and Antonie Matuna.

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