April 1, 1923 ~ April 14, 2012
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Frank Warder announce his passing at the age of 89 from a massive stroke on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at NRGH.
Dad was born in Kenora, Ontario, April 1, 1923 to Ogreta and Harry Warder but grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was a veteran from World War II which sent him overseas and while in Scotland he met and married Margaret Chalmers; had three children: Kenneth, born in Kinglassie Scotland and Diane and Patricia born in Winnipeg. In 1956 he moved the family to Ladysmith where he drove school bus while running a Bowling Ally he owned. He then moved on to selling real estate in Duncan for a short time before moving to Nanaimo in 1961 to work with Nanaimo Realty. In 1973 along with Sandy Miller they started their own business Miller/Warder Realty. In 1976 they developed Echo Mountain on Seablush Drive in Nanoose. Once retired he traveled to England and Scotland several times which was one of his passions in life, along with flying his plane.
After losing Mom in 2001, he met Audrey (a year later) through mutual friends Catherine and Ralph and they married a while later, together they traveled to Scotland, Costa Rica, Ontario and Florida to see family and friends and have fun. Later they took cruises around Hawaii and the Mediterranean.
Dad leaves behind his loving wife Audrey; his daughter, Pat Olson (Paul); granddaughter, Jennifer Saunders (John) and their children, 2 yr old Reagan and her brother, 4 month old Logan whom he loved dearly, all of Nanaimo; daughter-in-law, Andrea of Chilliwack; his older sister, Irma of Courtenay and many nieces and nephews who loved him. Also left to mourn: Audreys’ children: Kiven Daives (Carol) of Ontario, Kandyce Keen (Nick) of Nanoose and son, Cory Davie of Vancouver; and his chair buddy, Tiger that watched out for him on walks. Gone before him are his son Ken, daughter Diane, first wife Margaret and granddaughter Laura Olson, also his sister, Evelyn.
We would like to thank Rose, Fred and Agnes for all their support; its appreciated. There will be no service, at Dad’s request. Flowers are gratefully declined. If you so wish, donations may be made to BC Children’s Hospital at 44809 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4 or a charity of your choice. We love you Dad and will miss you always… Pat