Re­flec­tions on Frank Coul­ter

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re­mem­ber talk­ing to the late Frank Coul­ter (who passed away sud­denly Nov. 2) one fall, just after mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions.

That year he and his wife Sharon had de­cided to vote in ev­ery elec­tion in which they were el­i­gi­ble, mostly be­cause of prop­erty own­er­ship.

The poll to poll to poll jour­ney took all day.

He wasn’t boast­ing, but just telling an in­ter­est­ing story. I never heard him boast about any­thing. He was hum­ble man, who was a friend to ev­ery­one, no mat­ter their sta­tion in life.

That anec­dote speaks to Frank’s suc­cess as a busi­ness­man. How­ever, as noted since his death last Thurs­day, the char­ac­ter­is­tic for which he was best known was phi­lan­thropy.

If ev­ery char­ity, cause and in­di­vid­ual that was helped by Frank de­cided to get to­gether, you’d be hard pressed to find a room big enough to hold them all.

I was blessed to serve on the board of the Owen Sound Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion with Frank and his skill at fund rais­ing, plus open­ing doors for the rest of us, was un­matched.

With­out Frank’s hard work and in­put, the re­gional hos­pi­tal even­tu­ally would have got­ten an MRI. But his work on the cam­paign helped speed things along in a way that made us all look good.

One mark of his stand­ing in this re­gard came from the Ro­tary Club of Tara. Frank was pre­sented with a Paul Har­ris Fel­low­ship in recog­ni­tion of his work with the wider com­mu­nity.

This hon­our is not given to non-Ro­tar­i­ans with­out a lot of con­sid­er­a­tion. But Frank Coul­ter was a shoe-in from the day his name was first men­tioned.

Most peo­ple in the re­gion know of his Sprucedale Agro­mart busi­nesses with lo­ca­tions in Hanover, Tara and Man­i­toulin Is­land, as well has his part own­er­ship of the At­tack hockey club and his in­volve­ment with Tril­lium Mu­tual In­surance.

What they don’t know is that Frank may well have had an in­ter­est in all kinds of busi­nesses with which they deal reg­u­larly.

Frank was keen on a deal and thought­ful about mak­ing his busi­nesses suc­cess­ful.

How­ever, his afore­men­tioned phi­lan­thropy il­lus­trated that it was about much more than just build­ing a busi­ness em­pire.

It was about hav­ing re­sources that he could, and did use to help his fel­low hu­mans.

Be­sides his busi­ness and phi­lan­thropy ac­tiv­i­ties, no­body en­joyed a game of cards more than Frank. And he loved to watch horse races, par­tic­u­larly when a horse in which he had an own­er­ship stake was in the run­ning.

We used to tease him about how thank­ful the race in­dus­try was for his par­tic­i­pa­tion. After all, some horses have to come in third, fourth, etc. It was just a joke. He also saw a lot of suc­cess on the track.

Ev­ery life is im­por­tant and ev­ery death leaves a hole.

None more so than Frank Coul­ter.

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