Francis David TONKIN

TONKIN, Francis, David

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father and good friend, January 15, 2008 in Red Deer, Alberta.

Frank was born in Nelson, B.C. on March 17, 1918. He spent his childhood exploring and fishing in the lakes and rivers around Kaslo. He finished Grade 12, and then worked in various mines around the Kootenays with his father and brother. Frank joined the Royal Canadian Air Force when he was 24 and served overseas during the Second World War, he was a flight engineer and flew many missions over Germany. When the war was over Frank moved to Vancouver Island, where he met the love of his life Anna. He worked as a carpenter/contractor for many years in the Campbell River area. He had a great love for the outdoors and enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting. He was a very skilled fly tier. After he retired Frank and Anna moved to Vancouver and spent a lot of time with their son, David. Frank loved people and people liked to see him coming because he always had a smile, a story and a big handful of candy, he was known to many as The Candy Man. He was a very generous caring person.

Frank is survived by his sister Grace, niece Gail and nephew John. He will be missed by his seven children, Gloria, Frances, Nola of first wife Ruby as well as Anne, Hilda, Beatrice and David of second wife Anna. Numerous grandchildren, great and a few great great grandchildren. Frank held all of his family close to his heart.

Frank is with Anna now. He will always be our hero; we will miss him very much.

Forever in our hearts.

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