It is with sadness that the Palmer family of Vancouver
Island announces the passing of long time Nanaimo resident Frank Palmer. Predeceased by his brother John and nephew Eric (both of Campbell River)
Frank is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Irene, his two sons: Mark (Patty) and Matthew (Liz), four granddaughters: Erin, Shannon, Sophie and Charlotte, and three sisters: Mary, Sheila and Jenny.
Growing up in Nanaimo his younger years were filled with countless expeditions to Newcastle Island, swimming in the Millstone River, and fishing the kelp beds off Hudson Rocks and Five Fingers. After obtaining his teaching degree from UBC in 1955, and marrying his sweetheart (Irene Lopaschuk) in 1961, Frank spent his entire career working as a mathematics teacher and
student counsellor at Woodlands School (Junior
Secondary and later High School). Frank was known for encouraging those students that had a plan in life but he never gave up on those that needed a little extra
While raising his family in Hammond Bay, Frank
enjoyed fishing steelhead and cuts on the Little Q,
Englishman, and Nanaimo Rivers. Many a summer was spent exploring, hiking, and camping in B.C.’s spectacular back-country. In addition to his outdoor activities Frank cherished spending time with all his family, he enjoyed coaching badminton, and he was always enthusiastic to learn about a new piece of local history through the Nanaimo Historical Society. Frank attended Saint James Anglican Church for many years, and more recently The Light of Christ Church. Frank saw enough of the world to consider himself travelled but no earthly force could ever persuade him to hang his hat anywhere else other than in his beloved hometown of Nanaimo. Frank’s jovial mood, frequent use of colorful sayings, and propensity to strike up a friendly conversation with anyone who happened to cross his path will not fade easily from our memories.
The family wishes to extend our sincere gratitude to the staff at Woodgrove Manor and all the health care workers for the kindness and care they provided to Frank over this past year and a half.
A service for Frank will be held on Saturday, August 15th at the Generations Church – 1300 Princess Royal
Avenue, Nanaimo. The service will start at 1:00 pm, with a casual reception to follow afterwards.
In lieu of flowers a donation to the Loaves & Fishes
Community Food Bank would be appreciated.