Francis Gordon Shannon

Francis Gordon Shannon

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Frank Shannon, age 101years, at “The Gardens” in Qualicum Beach on Oct. 17, 2012.

Predeceased by his wife Jean Watkins Shannon,(1975), son Donald(1969) and second wife Mary Carter Shannon (2011) and all of his siblings.

Frank was born in Grand Forks, BC on August 30,1911, the fourth son in a family of 7 boys and 2 girls.

Frank worked as Teck Cominco’s senior geologist at the Bluebell Mine in Riondel BC. He was actively involved with family and community and he spent a lifetime promoting environmental citizenship. He was a founding member of the BC Wildlife Federation (1956) , received a Canadian Conservation Award for his work on the Creston Valley Wildlife Area, initiated the Junior Firearms Safety Course for BCWF (now the CORE program),and received a Canadian Recreational Fisheries Awards (1994) for his work on Okanagan Lake. In 1994, BCWF announced the Frank Shannon Junior Conservation award which is presented annually.

In 2006, Frank moved to Qualicum Beach to be near family. His love of family, positive attitude, quick wit, competitive games of cribbage and desire to get outdoors for his daily walk, helped him to live a full 101 years.

Frank will be lovingly missed by son Ed (Marg) of North Carolina, daughter Eleanor (Gordon) Qualicum Beach, 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. A big thank you to Dr. Biglow and all the nurses and care aids at the Gardens, and friends who visited him regularly. . Dad often said that “you are all very special people.”.

A memorial will be held in Kimberley in the spring.

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