Frank Baulcomb was born in Suva, Fiji on December 7th, 1962, when his father was stationed there as an employee of Air New Zealand. When Frank was a young boy his father’s job took the family back to New Zealand where Frank enrolled in a Catholic school that, like all schools in that rugbymad country, had a strong rugby program and Frank took to it like a duck to water.
Frank continued played all through his schooling and at 18 he followed his parents to Canada where he joined the Richmond Rugby Club. His no compromise playing style and physique quickly earned him a spot on the club’s First Fifteen.
In Richmond, Frank met his wife Christine and on their wedding night, they attended the Annual Awards Banquet before flying off for their honeymoon.
As time passed Frank and Christine had two daughters, Celina and Jackie, and both of them spent their childhood around the rugby club. It was like a second home to them and they would come home dirty and happy every Saturday from the club.
Frank became a leader at Richmond Rugby and his brutal but honest play and words still resonate with his teammates even today. They respected him for he, as their player/coach, pushed them to be better players and when it became time to retire from playing Frank became the club’s head coach.
In 2001, Frank and family moved to Nanaimo, where, missing rugby, Frank went down to the Nanaimo Hornets and watched a few games, but reluctant to join the club, he spent most of his weekends at home, feeling depressed. On Thursday evenings when he should have been at rugby training, Frank’s daughters began to ask: “Daddy why aren’t you at rugby?” In an attempt to force him to return to rugby, his wife Christine made one of Frank’s least favorite meals, homemade macaroni and cheese, and when he protested, she urged him to “Go back to rugby!’
Within a short time of joining the Hornets, Frank was back coaching and for the next few years continued there until him and Christine moved north to the Comox Valley, where he was employed with Canada Post as a letter carrier.
Once established in the Valley, Frank quickly joined the Comox Valley Kickers RFC, where the senior men badly needed a coach as the Kickers Men’s team had gone through some hard times without decisive leadership. Over the course of five years, Frank saw the men go up and down from a very competitive Third’s team to struggling First Division side and back again, but throughout this topsy turvey time, Frank never once gave up and stayed committed despite it all.
Around the Comox Valley Kickers club, Frank was more than a coach, he was a mentor and a friend. He worked quietly to build the characters of his players and continually demanded more than what they thought they were capable of.
After his family, rugby was Frank’s life and he made an impact in everyone with whom he came in contact.
View a short summary of Frank’s life by his Mum, Annabelle.
A celebration of life will be held March 6th, with a memorial rugby game at Cumberland Village Park @ 2pm, with a celebration of Frank’s life to follow at the Kicker’s Fallen Alders facility @4:30pm.
Good Guy….Good person……RIP Frank…..you’ll be missed
Rest in Peace Cuz. I will be there representing your NZ family to celebrate with your family and friends. A great man who is and will be greatly missed.
Peace be upon you Brother, and strength for your family.
Rest in Peace Frank .. you can let go now. God Bless.
My Dearest Son, you were so loved by Mum & Dad, and your two brothers Craig & Dean,and all your Uncles Aunties, Nephews nieces , cousins, and so many friends, and your big family in New Zealand.
You will be in our hearts for ever,my darling, God has taken you home to Dad, to rest in peace
My heart is broken,you will always with us, with Love & God Bless. Mum Craig & Dean.
Kia Kaha bro! From our first meeting in Richmond when I was just 13, you were a mate. Your take no backward step approach to life was an inspiration to all that knew you. Gone too young but not forgotten you will always be a part of those you touched. To your whanau you can be proud of who Frank was.
Ka kite my bro.
Give me a call at 250-951-6587
Frank’s Dad, did not work for Air New Zealand, he was with the Royal New Zealand Airforce.I dont know where a lot of information about Franks life came from. I wished I was asked about my son.
He never did follow us, he was always with us from New Zealand, and went to school at Steveson, High, in Richmond , and he joined the Richmond Rugby Club, and played for Richmond and traveled to New Zealand repersenting Canada.So sorry to those who were mis informed about Frank,I am so sorry about it,Please if anyone wants to know more please get in touch with me Annabelle Baulcomb. Love & God Bless.