T. Francis “Frank” English
March 17, 1939 – February 22, 2014
Frank was born in Nanaimo to Phyllis and Frank English on Saint Patrick’s Day in 1939. During his youth in the 50’s and 60’s he lived in Vancouver. Frank was passionate about playing many sports, particularly softball. His passion for ball, along with work, took him to Kamloops where he met his lifelong partner, Christine in 1964. After marrying, they remained in Kamloops where Robert was born in 1965, and Joe in 1972. Frank worked for the City of Kamloops from 1972 to 1996. In 96, he took early retirement and the family moved to Qualicum Beach.
Family, friends, fly fishing were near and dear to Frank’s heart. He loved to introduce others to the sport of fly fishing, including his wife Christine Fly tying and fishing the beaches and the annual trek to Saratoga each fall were the highlights of the year. Family gatherings were always livened up with Frank’s great “memory” stories and his vocal talents whenever there was music – straight shootin’ comments thrown in at no charge! Clan gatherings reigned supreme and, in keeping with his Scottish heritage and tradition, family always came first.
Frank truly lived life with a passion and will be deeply missed as a husband, dad, grampa, uncle, brother, and friend.
In keeping with his wishes, Frank died at home near all that was dear to him. He is survived by his wife, Christine; sons, Robert (Lorraine), Joe (Xyleeh); grandchildren, Flora and Xyan; brother, Philip, brothers-in-law, John and Gordon (Vanessa); mother-in-law, Helen; nieces and nephews, Philip (Chieko), Cielo (Hans), Andrew (Kim), Jim (Lisa), Jill (Dave), Shannon and Jaxon.
Special thanks to our Home Care Nurses, Home Support Aides, and volunteers and staff at Oceanside Hospice. Their gentle care and support made it possible for Frank to remain at home during his final weeks, ending his journey with respect, dignity, and a degree of comfort.
The family have said a private “goodbye” to Frank. There will be a Celebration of Life in Frank’s honour at the Rotary Park in Qualicum Beach on August 10th 2014, beginning at noon. Friends and family are asked to bring a memory, favourite photo, or a funny story to share for the “Memory Basket”. Your memories will be put into a book to be shared and treasured for years to come.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Frank’s memory to Oceanside Hospice Society, 210 Crescent Road West, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1J9 or to a charity of your choice.
Life is a journey, thanks to all those who made his special!
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YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM
(250-248-5859) in care of arrangements.