January 10, 1950 – February 13, 2016
Lovingly remembered by his wife Asante Penny (Rita Loftsgard), son Simon (Frances), his siblings Philip (Liette), Michael (Dorothy), Catherine and Kevin (Kristin), and his grandchildren Alyssa, Mark, Caelan and Neala. Loyal to friends and family, Francis had a charm and charisma that made people smile. A natural sportsman, he enjoyed hockey, football and golf. Francis was a very creative and talented person. He quit math in high school to study theater, and then travelled extensively doing children’s theater. Subsequently becoming a journalist, he published in the Washington Post, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, and other publications. Francis loved animals. He was professionally involved with thoroughbreds in Ontario and standardbreds in BC, and became marketing director at Fraser Downs Racetrack. Fueled by his love of nature, a new dream appeared and he became a bee keeper. Fascinated by the artistry of web design, he leaves a legacy of beautiful websites. A celebration of his life will be held in the spring when the ground dries up. Donations may be made to the Senior Animals In Need Today Society in Mission, BC.