Battistelli, Franco Antonio

It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of Frank on Monday, April 1, 2024, after a short illness.  Frank was born to Mario and Elisa Battistelli on April 8, 1939, and was a beautiful presence on this earth for almost 85 years. His life was a precious gift to all who knew him, and he was loved by so many.

Frank shared a wonderful life with his wife Linda Battistelli (nee Pella) for the past 56 years and they were never far from each other’s side.  Frank’s love of family was easily seen, and he cherished spending time with his two children Brent (Jane) and Lisa (Chris Brown) and their families.  He was a beloved Nonno to Alex, Christian (Rachel), Danielle, Giulia, Olivia, James, Julia, Nick, Ryan, Luke and Bisnonno to Leo and Gracie.  Frank adored his sister Martha (Mike McLaughlin) and they shared many special times together.  Dear brother-in-law to Fred Pella (Shirley), Wendy (Tim Murack), and Eddy Pella (Eva) and Uncle to Jason Tarnopolsky (Amy), Derek (Anne Marie), Laura (Scott), Dean, Peter McLaughlin (Niki) and Barry.

Frank was born in Italy and immigrated to Sudbury in 1952 with his family at the age of 13.  In his younger days Frank played saxophone in a jazz band called “Serenaders” and was a seasoned bowler.  Frank had a love of animals and raised both ducks and canaries. He also enjoyed hunting, taxidermy and woodworking.

Frank was a highly respected grocer for 48 years having worked alongside many in his Franchise business and with Loblaws. In 1989 he moved to Lively to run the Walden Valu-mart and in 1995 moved across the street and opened Battistellis YIG with his son Brent. He served the community with integrity and generosity for many years and his staff were considered his family.

His best times were spent at camp on Birch Lake, where he enjoyed every aspect that nature brings.  He could often be found walking in the bush in his bare feet enjoying the beauty of his surroundings, picking mushrooms, working in his garden where the vegetables were plentiful, or on the lake fishing.   He was very fond of “Jennifer” the deer who visited the camp each summer and they walked the bush together and fed her many apples. Frank loved to cook and sitting around the table he built at camp sharing a meal with family and friends is where his heart was happiest.

Frank was a kind and generous man, who made many friends along his life’s journey. Frank’s quiet presence, sense of humor, generous spirit and humility has made our world a richer place and his presence in our lives will be deeply missed.

Our family wishes to thank Dr. Rob Lepage, Dr. Andre Michon, Dr. Masters, Dr. Falk, Dr. Ohle, Dr. DeBlacam, Dr. Urban and the staff at the Espanola and HSN Emergency Departments for their support and care during Frank’s short illness.  We also wish to thank Northern Respiratory, Home & Community Care services and Jim Ranger from Ranger’s Cremation and Burial Services for their compassion and kindness. The family requests in lieu of flowers donations to be made to the Espanola Regional Hospital Foundation.

A Celebration of Frank’s Life will take place on Saturday April 20th from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Natura, 1351-D Kelly Lake Road Sudbury.


27 Condolences

  1. To dear Linda and her big beautiful Battistelli Family:
    We send you our deepest sympathies at this time. Frank was a wonderful man who lived a rich and full life and we know that his parting has left a great emptiness. Please know that we are holding you all close to our hearts.
    Thé Lepages- Rob, Leah, Rory, PJ and Danny

    By: Rob and Leah Lepage
    April 18, 2024
  2. Danielle, sorry for the loss of your Nonno, we know how special he was to you.
    We hope you find strength in your memories, family and friends.

    All our love to you and your family.
    Rocky, Rosa, Mikaila, Briana, Jaida

    By: Rosa Venturo
    April 13, 2024
  3. To the Families of Linda, Fred, and Martha:
    Thinking of you as you journey through this most difficult time. Hold on to those special moments and memories that are yours alone, they will bring you comfort and peace. Also wishing you good health and healing over the coming months.

    With heartfelt sympathy, Beatrice (Laino) Pigozzo

    By: Beatrice Pigozzo
    April 9, 2024
  4. We are both broken hearted after hearing about Frank’s passing. We shared many happy memories with his family at their cottage . Enjoyed many wonderful fresh fish dinners when the men came back from their fishing trips. He was a kind and generous man and will be deeply missed. We are thinking of all of you during this sad time.

    Ed and Eva

    By: Eddy and Eva Pella
    April 8, 2024
  5. Brent and family, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We hope you find comfort in the memories that you cherish.

    By: SACDC and the Sudbury Airport Team
    April 8, 2024
  6. Robert and I would like to send our deepest sympathy to Linda and Frank’s children, and grandchildren. He was a gentleman with a big kind, loving heart. We are saddened to hear of his passing. Frank will remain forever in our hearts, just as his parents remain in our hearts, the world has lost a kind, loving, generous, sweet man. We are very sad and will miss him.
    Sending our love.
    Robert and Christina Dumont

    By: Robert and Christina Dumont
    April 7, 2024
  7. Please accept our deepest sympathy Linda and family. Frank will be missed. Yves and I have fond memories of our many trips together, Frank was a gentle man very thoughtful and kind. Yves and I are so sorry for your loss.

    By: Yves and Marion Bertrand
    April 7, 2024
  8. Dave and I wanted to express our condolences. Frank was such an amazing man, and all I can picture is that incredible smile that lit up a room. He will shine through all of you. ♥️♥️

    By: Karen and Dave
    April 6, 2024
  9. Brent, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the entire family. Your dad was a gentle wonderful man. Full of positivity and kind words to anyone he spoke with and made you feel present and important. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Embrace your memories, xo. Annie and Blair Rogerson

    By: Annie Rogerson
    April 6, 2024
  10. Our deepest condolences Lisa, Chris and family.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.
    May Frank rest in peace, he will always be watching over you Lisa
    With love,
    Tania Grecco & Stanley Caravaggio

    By: Tania Grecco and Stanley Caravaggio
    April 6, 2024
  11. Dear Brent and family,
    We were sad to hear of your Dad’s passing. We remember well seeing your Dad often at your store. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you remember and celebrate his life. God bless,
    Pastor Rob & Birgitta Weatherby

    By: Rob Weatherby
    April 6, 2024
  12. We are so sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Frank. We will miss him dearly. Camp will not be same without his stories. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    By: Eugene Bortolotto & Kay McArthur
    April 6, 2024
  13. Frank was the kindest, truest gentle-man that we have ever met. Every conversation we ever had with him was truly engaging and his quiet manner was both disarming and charming. He would always pause a bit before responding and you just knew he was putting a lot of thought and formulating some wit to his words. The portion of the obituary about “Jennifer” the deer speaks volumes about how gentle a soul this man was. The family, friends and the entire community were truly blessed to have had Frank in their lives. He left this world a much better place.

    By: David and Cathy White
    April 6, 2024
  14. Auntie Linda, Brent and Lisa.. sending you all our love and condolences.
    Uncle Frank was the very best of human kind! Loss is the price of LOVE. RIP Uncle Frank. Love Laura, Scott, Evan and Alyssa. Xoxo

    By: Laura L Pella
    April 5, 2024
  15. Linda and family, Frank holds a special place in my heart now and forever. Whether meeting Frank on the lake comparing BIG FISH stories or for amazing meals at camp. Frank was a man that deserved the greatest amount of respect from everyone who he touched.

    I will miss you every morning on the lake my friend!

    Love you all


    By: Kevin Murphy
    April 5, 2024
  16. I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Frank. He was indeed a kind and gentle soul who also spoke with an authority that made you understand he was serious. I am certain Frank will be missed. Sending my condolences.

    By: Paul Labelle
    April 5, 2024
  17. Lisa, Brett and Mrs. B,

    I am so so sorry to hear the passing of Mr. B. My 2nd father growing up in Sudbury. The most gentle soul. His amazing dinners, conversations, tenderness and love. Happy that I had him as a part of my life growing up.

    May his memory be eternal
    Love Zoe and Family

    By: Zoe ILTSOPOULOS Borys
    April 5, 2024
  18. To Lisa and family. I am so sad to hear about your dear father’s passing. He seemed to have been a great man, which explains why you are such a great person yourself. I feel your pain as father/daughter relationships are often unique. My thoughts are with you.

    By: Johanne Heroux
    April 5, 2024
  19. We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Frank Battistelli. Please accept our heartfelt condolences during this difficult time. Losing a family member is an immense loss, and we can only imagine the sorrow everyone must be experiencing. From stories that Lisa has shared with us, it is evident that Frank was an incredible father and individual who had a tremendous impact on those around him. His kindness and love will forever be cherished in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know him.

    With deepest sympathies from the President’s Choice Children’s Charity team.

    By: President's Choice Children's Charity
    April 5, 2024
  20. I’m so sorry to hear of Franks passing. We met each other when I had a student summer job at Loblaws and he was working in the produce dept. and dating his beloved Linda. When he moved his family to Walden we reconnected and I always looked forward to meeting him in the store. He was a huge supporter of our sports team and was very generous in his support. He was a fine gentle man.

    By: Connie and Gord Scott
    April 5, 2024
  21. Mr. Battistelli is the epitome of what every man should strive to be. We are so very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man to his family, friends, and the world as a whole. RIP Mr. Battistelli.

    By: Roxanne Kneer and Daniel Larivier
    April 5, 2024
  22. Dear Brent and family, that is a beautiful obit for a life well-lived and well-loved. Frank will surely leave a hole in your family and the community. It’s always sad to see these amazing characters go and we hope others will rise up to fill those big shoes! Your remembering is so honouring to him. God bless you.

    By: Janyn and Greg
    April 5, 2024
  23. Brent and families condolences from the Budgell family, many hugs and prayers for you all.

    By: Betty Budgell
    April 5, 2024
  24. My sincere condolences to the family. Frank was such a kind, generous man. He will be missed by all who knew him.

    By: Anne Gervais
    April 5, 2024
  25. I am so very sorry for your loss!! I loved working with him!!
    He was such an awesome boss!!
    So very sorry!!

    By: Judy Alexander
    April 5, 2024
  26. Brent and family, sorry for your loss. Thoughts and and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Jamie & Andra Pettenuzzo
    Kirkland Lake, ON

    By: Jamie & Andra Pettenuzzo
    April 5, 2024
  27. Frank will be missed by anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. The world would be a better place if there were more “Franks” in it. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

    By: Peter and Niki McLaughlin
    April 5, 2024

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