Henry (Hank) Ernest Farintosh, born on June 13, 1919 passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 5, 2013 in his 94th year. Loving father to Gail, Jim and Jane, grandfather to Brian, Heather and Reid and husband to his predeceased wife, Dorothy. Hank was a Beacher, raised in the east end of Toronto at 105 Wheeler Avenue. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1943 in Mechanical Engineering and was the founder and president of the Canadian Electric Furnace Company in Toronto. Hank served his country with honour in WWII, seeing combat in the North Atlantic as an officer on the HMCS Medicine Hat. He was an active and loyal member of the Balmy Beach Canoe Club for 78 years and distinguished himself as an athlete, winning five consecutive senior war canoe national championships from 1947-51. He later became the Commodore of the Canadian Canoe Association in 1954 and penned the CCA motto of "per aquas ad fraternitatum" ... "through the waters to friendship". Hank had many circles of friendship and all of them included his partner and best friend, Joan. His love of dance, music, bridge, walking, family gatherings and endless projects will be a gift to us all forever. He needed little and asked for less. He was a selfless, giving person and a true gentleman. A memorial celebration of Hank's life will take place on Wednesday, March 20th at 1:00 p.m. at Fallingbrook Presbyterian Church, 35 Woodglen Road, Toronto, Ontario, M1N 2V8 (the corner of Kingston Road, east of Fallingbrook Road). Donations in his memory can be made to The Salvation Army. "Live your life the way you want to be remembered" Thank you for your love and wonderful example, Grandpa. Safe trip home.
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Published in the Toronto Star on Mar. 9, 2013