Frank "Digger" MacBean


Frank 'Digger' Alexander MacBean LL.B, Q.C. passed away peacefully in Swift Current, Sk. on Sunday, April 4, 2021 at the age of 82. He is survived by the love of his life, and dearest friend and wife Colleen. He will be forever remembered and loved by his children Michael 'Mick' (Isabelle) MacBean and their children Camille (Coda) Gordon, Sam MacBean and Brady MacBean; Karen (Peter) MacBean Sorckoff and their daughters Emma Sorckoff, Anna Sorckoff and Eliza Sorckoff; as well as his sister Duna Barber and brother Wayne 'Bun' MacBean, brothers-in-law Glen (Leone) Farrell and Dave (Sonja) Farrell and their extended families, friends and colleagues. These relationships all garnered very special bonds and friendships. Digger was predeceased in 1984 by his two youngest sons David MacBean and Kevin MacBean, as well as his brother-in-law Dr. Lloyd Barber (2011) and sister-in-law Shirley MacBean (2014). Digger was born in Regina, Sk. on October 9, 1938 to Frank and Adele MacBean and resided in both Regina and Regina Beach throughout his youth. He graduated Central Collegiate in Regina in 1957 and then attended the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon where he graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree in 1965. Digger was united in marriage to Colleen Farrell in Yorkton, Sk. in August of 1963. Digger and Colleen moved to Swift Current where Digger began his very successful law career, joining the firm of Salloum, Hagemeister and Benwell. The firm is now known as MacBean, Tessem. Digger received his Queen's Counsel appointment in 1984. He was an active member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan for over 50 years, serving as a Bencher from 1982 to 1988. He chaired the Insurance Committee for four years and was elected President in 1987. He was awarded a Senior Life Membership of the Law Society of Saskatchewan following his retirement in 1998. Digger was considered a valued and trusted friend to so many and lived a life of great service and dedication to his community. He took all the gifts he was given and shared them willingly and wholly with those around him. Digger offered his guidance and support to local foundations, charities and committees and generously and humbly contributed his wealth of knowledge, experience and leadership abilities. Digger was an active and enthusiastic leader on local hockey and curling organizations and was an ardent sports fan. He was on the Committee to bring the WHL to Swift Current, served on the Broncos Board of Directors and was a lifelong season ticket holder. He was also an avid supporter of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Digger was a longtime member of the First United Church where his service was also greatly appreciated by many. Digger and Colleen travelled extensively with family and friends. He had a keen interest in history and nature. Digger enjoyed the outdoors and spent time both hunting on the prairies and fishing at the Robertson Lake Fishing Camp. His greatest joy however, came from his time in the sun and at the lake, laughing and relishing in the joy his grandchildren brought him. He lived a rich, full life, abundant in love and laughter. Digger enriched the lives of all who knew him as his love of life was so infectious. For those he loved, he will be sadly missed. However, he has left a living presence that carries on in our hearts. We have been so very blessed to have called him ours. The family would like to extend our deepest gratitude for the loving care Digger received from the compassionate team of nurses and caregivers at the Meadows, Clover House in Swift Current. Our gratitude is further extended to Digger's friend and cousin, Dr. Grant (Karen) Wright for his unwavering support and guidance during this time. Digger's family will be hosting a celebration of his extraordinary life at a later date. In Digger's memory, memorial donation may be made to the Dr. Noble Irwin Health Care Foundation, 2051 Saskatchewan Drive, Swift Current, Sk. S9H 0X6; or the Swift Current Broncos Hockey Club/Education Fund, C/O The City of Swift Current, 177 1st Ave. N.E. Swift Current, Sk. S9H 3W1; . Warren's Funeral Home in care of arrangements. For further information please call 306-773-8831 or visit our website at and express your sympathy to the family on out tribute wall.

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Dr. Noble Irwin Health Care Foundation
2051 Saskatchewan Drive, Swift Current SK S9H 0X6
Tel: 1-306-778-3314

Swift Current Bronco Education Fund
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