April 4th 1923 – June 21st 2010
Frank Evans, beloved husband of Barbara, until recently of Nanoose Bay, passed away suddenly and gracefully on June 21st 2010 in Courtenay BC. Frank, who was 87 years, had lost Barbara in the fall after 6o years of marriage. Frank is survived by his son Rhys; daughter Sherry and husband Tom; and Deborah his precious “other daughter.” Frank also leaves his most loved grandchildren: Chelsea, Jordan and Rama. He will also be missed by his sister Joyce in England; his sister-in-law Joy and husband Jim and their family; and loving relatives: Jean, Lawrie, Moira, Gary, Sophie and Dan.
Frank was born near Manchester England and worked for British Rail during and after WWII. He immigrated to Canada in 1955 with Barbara and Rhys, arriving in Vancouver one snowy April springtime. Barbara and Frank had immigrated to Canada to create a better life for their children and always appreciated the opportunities that Canada had given them. Frank was a man of integrity who believed in community service. He loved his 18 years as a Cub Scout Leader working with youth and their families in Surrey, building a community hall and developing relationships of friendship and service with families who needed support.
In 1982, Frank took early retirement from Federated Co-operatives to spend time with his new granddaughter and to move to Vancouver Island. He moved to Nanoose Bay with Barbara and they began a wonderful life in the community. Frank was an organizing member of the Nanoose Golden Agers and he and Barbara participated and organized club activities for many years. He always stated that the years in Nanoose were his “golden years,” working part time until he was 77 years, at Schooner Cove, fishing the Qualicum River and Alberni Valley and making friendships that lasted. For the past two years, Frank lived with Sherry and Tom in the Comox Valley and made new friends and found great activity in carpet bowling and other seniors programs.
Frank was a gentle man, who saw life always as half full, indeed full and over flowing. He was quick to tease, to laugh and to let us know that he cared. He lived for his family and we were blessed to have him in our lives. Frank modelled selflessness and a commitment to hard work. He often expressed contentment with his life and never made room for sorrow or regret. The world is a better place for his presence and his absence will be felt by all that knew him.
A Memorial Service will be held for Frank at St Mary’s Anglican Church, 2600 Powder Point Road in Nanoose Bay on Saturday, September 18th at 1pm. Please join us in remembering Frank and celebrating his life.
First Memorial Funeral Services