December 7, 2020
1921-2020 ~ Frank was born in London, England in 1921 to Frank and Winnifred Smith.
Frank was preceded in death by his sisters, Cymay, Sheila and brothers, Ted and Eric. He is survived by his son Michael (Sharon).
Frank joined the Royal Navy (Air) in 1941 until 1945. After training at the Rolls-Royce Factory in Derby he was sent to Trinidad for 2 years during the war. He was then sent to Scotland to end out the war. He met the love of his life, Eileen, in Crail, Scotland where Eileen was a WREN and they married in 1945. Their son, Michael was born in 1947. Their love affair lasted 65 years until Eileen’s death in 2011.
Frank worked for Otis Elevators in London after the war until 1951 when he went to the Canadian Embassy in London and joined the Royal Canadian Navy (Air) where he served from 1951 – 1971.
The “chief” served at Shearwater in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and onboard the HMCS Bonaventure, a Canadian aircraft carrier patrolling the Atlantic during the Cold War. After retirement he moved to North Vancouver and became plant manager for International Hydrodynamics building miniature submersibles.
In 1975 on a visit to Chilliwack, BC they fell in love with the city, and stayed the remainder of their lives. Their love of music had them entertaining at the Chilliwack Cultural Center and at seniors homes doing British Pub Nights. Frank playing his accordion and Eileen singing.
Frank remained in the home they built until the end, December 7, 2020. Michael (Sharon) would like to thank the caregivers at Heroes Home Care and especially his neighbours in Chilliwack who were so supportive of Frank in his final years.
A Celebration of life will be held at a later date.
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