Passed peacefully away, surrounded by his
“4 girls”, at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC, on Friday, June 24, 2011,in his 81st year.
Leaving to mourn his wife Nancy; his four legged friend “Parker”; his three daughters: Sylvia (Tony Curtis), Louise (Bob Morrin) & Colette (Greg Hussey) and their mother Linda, as well as six grandchildren: Nicholas and Jocelyn Dunn; Erica, Kathleen, Deanna & Alyssa Morrin and great-grandson Matthew Dunn. Also leaving to mourn are Nancy’s daughters: Tina Levy and Amy Silver and their boys, and Frans’ three brothers and three sisters all in Holland.
Frans came to Newfoundland from Holland in 1954 to work at The Holland Nurseries. Shortly thereafter he and John Verbree took ownership and developed it into the largest retail flower and garden center operation east of Montreal. Frans touched many lives in his development of the horticultural industry in Newfoundland making the province a more beautiful place. In 1994 Frans and Nancy moved to Parksville, BC, where they enjoyed their retirement and he became well known for his stunning garden. At Frans’ request there will be no service and his ashes will be scattered over his beloved Codroy River. Very special thank-you to Dr. Dennis Morgan and the entire cardiac team at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
A celebration of his life was held at
Colette & Greg’s home in St. Philips, Newfoundland on Sunday, July 10, 2011.