FRANKLIN, John Anthony (Tony)
89, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 22, 2013 at his home in South Surrey. Tony was born August 23, 1923 to Robert and Muriel (Champion) Franklin. He spent his childhood on a farm in Maple Ridge, with his brother Bob, and sisters, Mary and Helen. Tony served in the army in WWII from the age of 19 to 22. When he returned home, he began a long career with Canada Customs, moved to White Rock and met his wonderful bride, Alma McGillivray. They married in 1954 and raised five children in the White Rock area. Tony was an avid fisherman and master gardener. He enjoyed being with his family, watching sports, teaching his grandchildren to garden, playing tennis, and reading. He was an active member of the White Rock Tennis Club and the Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club. Tony is lovingly remembered by his wife, Alma; daughters, Linda (Bob) Peters and Audrey Lee (Ryan) Braun; sons, David (Kim) Franklin, Peter (Anne) Franklin, Perry (Jennifer) Franklin; and his beautiful grandchildren, Wade, Clayton, Ben, Amy, Braden, Garrett, Katy, Kiera, Nicole, Joshua, Caleb and Dylan. A memorial gathering will be held on Monday, July 29, 2013 at the Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club, 1284 184 Street, Surrey, BC, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice Society of BC.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on July 25, 2013