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Frank Mancini

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FRANCESCO “FRANK” MANCINI

January 9, 1931 – March 15, 2024

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Frank Mancini on March 15, 2024, at the age of 93. 


Those closest to Uncle Frank knew that this past year had been quite challenging. His determination was evident though as he fought every battle with courage. A special thank you to all who visited, especially Cathy, Germaine, Ashley, and Angela. Visits from Jiwan, Shelan, and Carson meant a lot to him too. He also enjoyed the regular phone calls from Frank and Patricia Stephens. 


Uncle Frank was very grateful for the daily visits from Lisa and Emre who were dedicated and committed to ensuring the best quality of life for him and continually advocating for his well-being right until his passing. 


Frank’s true passion was cars. He was the founding member of the Winnipeg Sports Car Club in 1952.He owned many sports cars over the years, but his favorite was the 1948 MG TC which he proudly drove to the first meeting.


In the 1950’s, Frank started his career as a mechanic and eventually opened Metro Motors in 1960 with his brother, Vic. Metro Motors specialized in foreign cars and was the place to go to have your car rebuilt or repaired. They operated their business for 53 years until they both retired in 2013. 


Frank had many accomplishments in his lifetime. In 1966, Frank won the “Canadian Snap-on Mechanic of the Year.”  The same year he was chief mechanic for his good friend George Chapman who went on to win the Canadian Driving Championship. Frank was also an accomplished racer winning several Winnipeg Sports Car Club events in the 60’s. Frank was inducted into the Manitoba Motorsports Hall of Fame in March 2017. 


Frank had many interests other than cars. He loved to travel and enjoyed trips to Germany, Italy, Canada, and the US. He was a collector of many things such as car models, trains, and books. He loved looking at old pictures and newspaper clippings of family and friends and usually had a story & a laugh to go along with each. 


Uncle Frank is predeceased by his parents Henry and Mary; his brothers Don and Vic; his sister Sheila; and his Auntie Nettie. Frank also leaves behind many family members and friends to mourn his loss. We all have our own special memories of Frank-when you think of him, please cherish the good ones. He was a special man, with a kind heart and spirit. He will be deeply missed.


At Frank’s request there will be no service. Rest in peace, Uncle Frank.


Frank’s family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos, memories, and stories by making use of the comment section on this page.

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Brian Klym

May 23, 2024 at 2:33 AM

Frank fixed our little red Fiat 850 , and I would visit Metro Motors to say hello . Frank was a true Car Guy .

Ron Janzen

May 10, 2024 at 3:53 PM

I never knew Francesco but as a sports car enthusiast and member of WSCC I want to express thanks to the family for supporting him and his passion for motorsport in Manitoba.  He has been a blessing to so many.

Jean Caron

May 10, 2024 at 2:51 PM

Frank was one of a kind. Once you met him, you would never forget him. Thank you for all the stories, the memories, the laughs and the good time I got to share at Metro Motors. Frank was a great person and he shall be missed.

Bobby Peters and Family.

May 10, 2024 at 2:01 PM

RIP Mr Mancini. With all the love and support,

Anonymous

May 9, 2024 at 8:42 PM

The countless memories of uncle frank will always be with me


He was such a great nephew to my ĝrama his beloved auntie Nettie.  His endless love for  his mother Maria was a topic we never ran out of reasons to discuss. I will surely  miss the security I felt  when traveling just to know that he cared if I arrived  home safely. Uncle frank certainly  was a very special person to me and I  will miss him for a  lot of reasons. For now I am thankful that he is no longer suffering any  pain but I do miss his wonderful stories.

Dianna Mancini, Vancouver

May 9, 2024 at 8:12 PM

So sad to hear that you have passed; you are often in my thoughts. I will never forget the lessons that I learned from you.  I’m certain my mechanical aptitude was gained from hanging out at Metro Motors with you and my Dad and watching and helping whenever I could. PS – I was scared to death when you hoisted me up on the hydraulic to bleed brakes! Your gruff, no-nonsense attitude somehow made you respected by all who encountered you…even the competition. Dave and I will remember your smiling face, warm welcomes, and comical stories.

Rest easy now uncle Frank.

Your niece “Dian-o-mite”

April Taiano

May 9, 2024 at 8:11 PM

Some of my earliest memories of Uncle Frank are his weekend visits to my great grandma (Nettie) house.  Always bringing her groceries and the newspapers.  He would also bring her flowers on her birthdays and wedding anniversaries.

When I was in elementary school we went to Metro Motors for a field trip and we had a tour of the shop.  I felt special that day because he was MY Uncle.

Uncle Frank had connections.  He always wanted to help get you what you needed because he knew someone.  Tires for the Mustang or flowers for my wedding, Uncle Frank was always offering and wanting to make a call.

One of my favorite memories of him is going for a drive in my new car, a standard.  He kept smacking my hand when I was done shifting gears.  Put your hand on the wheel he said.

I loved singing you are my sunshine with him, his favorite song.

Thank you Lisa & Emry for loving Uncle Frank so much and doing everything you could to make the hard times easier for him.

Until we meet again.  I will remember you ❤️

Dianne and Brad

May 9, 2024 at 7:48 PM

Deepest condolences to Dianna and the Mancini family..

Anonymous

May 9, 2024 at 4:36 PM

Thinking of you uncle frank while we watch the hockey game. Although it was difficult for you to see the game  your love for the fast moving sport of hockey was amazing. We would discuss how  your teams were doing and I was always happy to describe the game for you. Tonight we need a little divine intervention  for the jets .

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