UPDATED VIEWING info. – MOTSCHKO, Frank David
A viewing will be held on Friday, October 22, 2021, at 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.
Frank Motscho was born December 26, 1955, in Kelowna, BC at the Kelowna General Hospital, and passed away on October 14, 2021, in Kelowna, BC at the Kelowna General Hospital.
Having grown up in Kelowna, Frank had lots of connections locally and plenty of stories to tell. He was always stubborn, persistent, curious, adventurous and didn’t want to live by anybody else’s rules – traits that stayed with him throughout his life. He started out as a tree faller in Revelstoke, BC and Ucluelet, BC. After motorcycle related injuries, he turned to machining full time, and was a perfectionist and innovator in his work. Frank was passionate about motorcycles and road trips, especially to the desert, the Bonneville Salt Flats and Sturgis. For years, he was involved with A.I.M. (Association for Injured Motorcyclists). He was also the co-owner of the motorcycle shop Linedance Cycle, and later owner of Performance Cycle Engineering (and could often be heard blasting tunes). Health issues eventually led to the closure of his shop. He continued to ride his bicycle and to work on his motorcycles, and he would often go to motorcycle coffee meets and on the motorcycle SOHC4 forums. He could always be found at Starbucks talking to everybody, and if not, at McDonald’s – but never at Tim Horton’s. Frank was very outgoing and made friends with everyone. Lastly, he was also very proud of his beard and at times, being mistaken for Santa Claus.
Married in 1994 to Sabine Pokropp, and they had twins in 1997, daughter Julia and son Vincent Pokropp-Motschko.
Predeceased by father Alfred Motschko and brother Mike Motschko, Frank is survived by wife Sabine Pokropp; children Julia and Vincent Pokropp-Motschko; mother-in-law Ilse Pokropp; mother Gertraud Motschko; siblings Gabriela Liberty (Barry), Wayne Motschko, Debby Horn, Karin Motschko (Bryan), and Carla Motschko; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Frankie, you will always be in our hearts and memories.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the BC Lung Association.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2021, WE WILL HOLD A CELEBRATION OF LIFE AT AN EVENT FARM ON 4490 ANDERSON ROAD, BETWEEN 11:30AM – 4:30PM. We invite all who wish to pay their respects to come by. It will be outside, with tents in case there is any rain. Covid-19 rules apply: must be double vaccinated and bring proof, 50 people at a time. In an effort to space out visits to keep under 50 people, please fill in a slot on this Google Docs sheet, if possible (around one hour unless numbers permit for longer; we need to keep count at the gate).
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gTwE8cKQEWluDvSjT2s-2bm_qpR-jXJ2fxfKM06hJfU/edit?usp=sharing (easier on the computer, on the phone you may need the app. Also, easier if you have Gmail. You may be able to add a comment in from the top right chat bubble-looking icon if you are not able to edit) You can also text 778-363-7223 (or call if you can’t text, but text preferred).
Next year sometime, we will scatter some of Frank’s ashes in Bonneville, and we invite friends of Frank’s to ride along. We would also like to do the same in the Okanagan, riding towards the border. More details to come.
If you wish to send a condolence, post photos, or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences”.
Friday, October 22, 2021, at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm,
Springfield Funeral Home
(2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC)
I am so sorry to hear of Frank’s sudden passing, I met frank on a cb750 form and came to my house here in kelowna to help out a complete stranger with my bike.
I lost touch with frank over the last 6 months, life tends to do that but when I read of his passing, I felt like I should of reached out just to say hi and see how he was doing.
I’ll miss frank and I am grateful for the help and kindness he showed.
He will be missed
I am saddened and shocked by the news of Frank’s death. My deepest sympathies for you and your family during your time of loss and grief. Frank and I became friends through the SOHC4 forums and his helpful giving spirit on the forums will be greatly missed. While I didn’t know Frank that well I enjoyed chatting with him from time to time and was look forward to meeting him at one of the MC trips once the pandemic eased. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. He will be missed and his being a character bigger than life and his wonderful laugh will be missed.
May God comfort you all in the days and months ahead…
– David Martin
Thoughts and prayers are with Frank’s Mom, his siblings, his wife and two children and other friends/family. Such a shock…. My daughter Brenda and my Dad Heinz (John) and Adina and I are with your family in thoughts of love 💕 during this sorrowful time—- with love from Lori Weber
I have known the Motscho family for many years, as a teenager, living in Kelowna. I was teenage friends with Frank’s sister, Gabrielle/Gabby, that I always called her. I knew them from Grace Baptist Church, in the 1960’s, until our family started attending Trinity Baptist Church. I am sorry for your loss. that Frank has passed away too early in his life. May God be with all of you, comfort you as only He can at this time. Shirley (Hemmerling) Guthrie, now living in Camrose, Alberta.
I only knew Frank from the Honda 750 web site. We messaged from time to time and he helped me with my bikes. I’ll miss his wit and wisdom. A friend I never met.
I have known Frank for years on the SOHC forum and he is a legend for his Honda CB750 exploits and his deep knowledge. I never met Frank in real life but did buy some of his custom made items and “knew” him through the online forum. He was an inspiration for me in what he has done (travels on his CB750 and building a very cool chopper back in the day). I loved his stories and what a great example of living life. Will miss you Frank. RIP
I’m in Detroit, MI USA and Frank helped me a lot on the Honda forum with my bikes, he was usually the guy making sure my questions didn’t go unanswered. Our Honda community will miss him, I’m sorry for your loss.
I first met Frank at KSS in 70’71 when we looked at the motorcycles that were ridden to school . From 1974 on we shared more parties, motorcycle events and miles than I can remember. An avid photographer Frank took thousands of pictures along the way. A gentle soul and fun to be around he was a showman who always attracted attention. He was one of a kind and just plain nuts. I will miss you old friend.
What a shock to hear this….my heart aches for you Sabine, Vincent and Julia and the entire family…I can just see him pedaling down Whitman Rd. with a bag of groceries. Losing our loved ones is very difficult. May our Lord God fill your hearts with comfort and peace day by day. You are loved!!
Heartfelt condolences on the tragic death of Frank…Sabine words cannot express the loss you feel losing a husband and the father of your children. Wishing you strength and peace…
I also met Frank through the SOHC4 forums. I was fairly new to vintage Honda’s and Frank was always there with generous help and support. Over the years I spend evenings chatting all things Moto in his chaotic workshop. Frank has so much history overlapping in that shop but he always knew where and what he had. I’m going to miss those visits and mostly the kind and generous man that Frank is. My sincerest condolences to his family.
I and my wife Bonnie send out condolences to Sabrine, Julia, and Vincent, as well as Gertrude, Gabby, Barry, Wayne, Debbie, Karin, Bryan and Karla. Like my brother Leo, I have very fond memories of our family making the regular summer and one time Christmas trek to stay with the Motschko’s. Spending time with Mike and Frank fishing the local stream and have a lot of fun as kids. I remember Frank’s happy go lucky nature as a kid and his self determination as a man running his shop. Wishing everyone in the family the best during this difficult time and may God Bless you all.
Harry and Bonnie Hoyer
So sorry to hear of Frank’s passing, and my sincere condolences to his family. I got to know Frank through the SOHC4 Honda forum and was always impressed by his generosity in sharing his vast knowledge of these motorcycles not to mention his patience with younger amateurs like me. It is no exaggeration to say that Frank had many friends all around the globe, I hope that that will be some comfort for his family who mourn his untimely passing.
Kev (France and Ireland)
My heartfelt sympathies to Sabine, Julia and Vincent, to Gertraud, Wayne and all the in the Motschko family. This news is truly just so sad…..
My thoughts are with you.
Sue from Germany
I knew Frank like so many did through his passion for motorcycles. I first met Frank through the web seeking help on fixing my old Honda while living in Pemberton, and then decades later got to meet him in Kelowna on several occasions. My thoughts to his Family and close friends his larger than life presence WILK be missed by many.
I first met Frank while riding my 78 Honda and he was riding a 750 Amen Saviour back in the late 70’s. I pulled up to him and asked if he knew anything about 750’s? Well, from that moment on we became friends and I became a loyal Linedance Cycle customer. In time, he would always ask me over for a beer. He showed me his machining projects and jobs he was working on while fitting in my machining projects during his “beer time.” His passion and knowledge of motorcycles, machining and vintage stuff was top notch. He was always thinking about his next project or the next adventure. He became my housemate for a year or two during the early nineties until Sabine caught his eye and he “flew the coop.” Lots of time spent hanging out at Performance Cycle talking shop and drinking beer. We both enjoyed riding our whizzers and had fun racing the dirt track at O’Keefe Ranch. Had lots of meetups at Starbucks for coffee via our vintage bicycles and went for various motorcycle rides over the years. Our 2007 trip to Bonneville on our vintage 750 Hondas was epic. Travelling almost non-stop with not much more than a tarp, a loaf of bread and a slab of cheese was Frank’s typical no-frills style. Sleeping on top of picnic tables on the side of highways and back on the road at dawn, these adventures were not for “sissys”! But Frank always had a loving family to ride back home to. And we shared many good times with the Motschko family. Many in the motorcycle community have lost a legend. Sabine, Vincent, Julia & family, may all your good memories help ease the pain of your loss at this time. And by the way, Frank, if you do finally find that 750 switch assembly you were trying to get for me, can you ship it down from heaven? Happy Trails Frank! Linda & Leo Beauregard.
Sabine, Tante Motschko and the whole family;
I was in Alberta when I was notified that Frank had passed, may God give you all strength and peace at this difficult time. My heartfelt condolences
Rest In Paradise Frank, you’ll be missed by your friends at SOHC4.
So sorry to hear of Franks passing I went to school with him and in our busy lives went our separate ways but just got back In Touch with him as I was helping him move things he always a real nice guy and sadly will be missed
Another stopping through to wish the family my condolences for a friend I never met — he wouldn’t know me from Adam but he was always very helpful & personable helping me fix my motorcycle on the forums and I was particularly grateful for his advice when he would chime in on whatever I posted. Seeing some of these stories in the wake of his passing, I feel we have much in common. Rest in peace 754 Frank, you are the salt of the earth. I hope heaven is one big highway with a cb750 that requires no gas or repairs.
I was so sorry to hear about Frank’s passing and to discover that it happened almost a year ago now and I just found out.
I knew Frank through the Honda SOHC4 Forum and had the good fortune to meet him in person at a Honda event I set up in 2017 in Colorado. I am also proud to have one of his frame kits on my CB750. Frank was a genuinely good human and I will miss him.