Frank Shore was a logger, potato farmer, bartender, fisherman,
pipefitter, beer-parlour raconteur and teacher of history and
cooking. He will be remembered by hundreds of students for his terse, abrasive lecture style, deafening sneezes and an unnatural appreciation for Otto von Bismarck and cheddar cheese biscuits. He was both a free spirit and a homebody. He was a wit, a tuneless singer and an avid reciter of Robert Service poetry.
The oldest of seven children, Frank was born to Lloyd and Lillian Shore in Pemberton, B.C., on October 27, 1927. He grew up hoeing potatoes and milking cows and looking after his younger brothers and sisters in a style that was both cavalier and oppressive. They loved him for it. He married Ruth and had two daughters, Terry and Dawn.
Ruth and Frank divorced some years later. Frank later came calling on his wife-to-be Barbara with a raw roast beef in one hand and a bottle of wine in the other and proceeded to prove that he knew what to do with both. Frank and Barbara married in 1961 and later that year he went back to the University of B.C. to gain his teaching credentials. He raised two boys, Gary and Randy.
Frank passed away Sunday evening at Campbell River General Hospital after a brief illness. A memorial service will be held Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Campbell River Legion Hall, because no one could imagine where else Frank would be on a Friday afternoon. In lieu of flowers, please send generous donations to the SPCA.