Frank Glendon Pardy, 88, died on Feb. 2, 2013, in the Curry Good Samaritan Nursing Home, in Brookings, Ore. In the lingo of linemen, of which Frank was, for more than 40 years, "He's on the big job now."
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Frank was born Aug. 10, 1924, in Somerville, Mass., to George W. Pardy and Sarah Grace (Burge) Pardy, the youngest of three sons, and the only one not born in Newfoundland.
Upon graduation from Howe High School, Billerica, Mass., in 1942, Frank enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and served aboard the USS Independence (CVL-22), which pioneered and perfected night carrier operations in blackout conditions. He served in the Pacific theater during WWII, and was honorably discharged in 1946, as an Aviation Radio Man 1/C.
In 1952, Frank married T. Grace Wells, of Bonavista, Newfoundland, and the couple drove the Alaska Highway to Fairbanks, where they raised three boys and resided for 41 years.
Frank worked as a power lineman and cable splicer in large and small communities across Alaska, and enjoyed experiencing Alaska's Native cultures. Frank also helped construct some of the Distant Early Warning (DEW line) sites across northern Alaska.
Alaska was the perfect fit for Frank's sense of adventure, and he was an avid hunter and fisherman, who cherished spending time at George Lake. He also tended lovingly to a magnificent backyard garden.
In 1993, Frank retired, and he and Grace relocated to Brookings, Ore., where Frank continued gardening and fishing, and he and Grace pursued their passion for pinochle.
Frank had a sharp mind, and an often irreverent and ribald sense of humor. He was a great storyteller, known for not letting the truth get in the way of a good story.
He was also a straight shooter and people always appreciated that they knew where Frank stood on an issue. Frank undertook writing his autobiography, "Time Well Wasted," finishing the final revision just two weeks before his health declined.
In early 2012, Frank and Grace determined it was time to simplify their lives and moved into the Sea View Senior Center, where on Dec. 12, 2012, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Frank was a 66-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and a 61-year member of Thomas Talbot Lodge AF&AM in Billerica, Mass. He took great pride in his Newfoundland heritage, his union membership and in being known as a liberal Democrat.
Survivors include, his wife, Grace, of Brookings; three sons, Glen Alden Pardy and his wife, Sue Steinacher, of Nome; John Norman Pardy, of Fairbanks; and Jeffrey Dean Pardy, of Fairbanks; and two grandsons, Alden John Pardy and Preston Connor Pardy, of Fairbanks.
Frank requested that there not be a funeral, but that people should instead, smile and raise a toast to his memory. Frank's remains will be cremated and spread at sea by the Coast Guard, at George Lake, Alaska, and in his family homeland of Newfoundland.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Feb. 12, 2013