Frantisek Fiala (Frank), age 86, died unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep on August 24, 2021 after suffering from Parkinson’s disease for 6 years. He was born on April 15th, 1935 to parents Josef and Anastazia (nee Valouskova) in the village of Rasov, Czech Republic. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Zdenka Fiala (nee Matatkova), their three daughters Lida (Rick Chiarelli), Vera (Stuart Clark), and Marie and seven grandchildren: Natalia (Matthew Kaine), Carla (Matthew Mariani), Veronica, William, Matthew, Katrina (Andrew Feitt) and Madeline. He is also survived by his sister Emilie and pre-deceased by his bothers Josef, Aloise, and Jarek and his sister Marie.
Frantisek was a devout Catholic whose love of God was a beacon guiding his family and professional life. He upheld all virtues, sharing his talents and knowledge calmly and generously with his wife, children, grandchildren, students, and all those with whom he came into contact.
Frantisek was a consummate learner, whose interest in and dedication to mathematics, propelled him from humble beginnings to Professor at the Brno University of Technology. After being paired with Zdenka at the wedding of mutual friends, Frantisek and Zdenka fell in love, were married in 1962 and were inseparable from then on. In 1969, they moved to Canada for a one-year posting and were captivated by the religious freedoms and opportunities that Canada had to offer. This led them to make the bold decision to defy Communist restrictions, leave behind their livelihood and emigrate – a courageous choice made by the two of them for which his family is eternally grateful. Frantisek attained the position of Professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, was one of the founders of the School of Computer Science in 1980 and held the position of Director for multiple tenures, helping many students along their career paths. As part of work or leisure, Frantisek enthusiastically travelled the world with Zdenka, instilling global cultural awareness in his children. After retiring in 2000, he continued to enjoy travel and to spend joyous quality time with his family. He will be dearly missed.
Visitation will be held at the Kelly Funeral Home - Barrhaven Chapel (3000 Woodroffe Avenue) on Monday, August 30, 2021 from 2 - 4 pm and then again from 7 - 9 pm. All are welcome.
Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am at St. Maurice Catholic Church (4 Perry Street) on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Please contact the Kelly Funeral Home, Barrhaven Chapel (613-823-4747) between 9 am and 5 pm to reserve a spot for the mass. If you are unable to come to the church, the mass will be live streamed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa4t_pVBXeg
In memorandum donations to St. Patrick’s Home, Parkinson Canada or Carleton University (click on “Yes, please” in the section where you have the option to Dedicate this Donation) would be appreciated.
I have many good memories of Frank from my years working in the School of Computer Science. A kind, wise, thoughtful and supportive man. Someone who really made a difference. My condolences to the Fiala family.
My most sincere condolences to the Fiala family. He was one of the kindest men that I knew, always positive, sympathetic, a presence so it was easy to be comfortable when speaking with him. I’m very sorry for your loss, Carleton has lost a major figure in its historical development.