HODGINS, Frank Joseph - Passed away peacefully in his 96th year on Monday, April 14, 2014. For 62 years, the loving and devoted husband of his beautiful bride Rita Hodgins (Fuller). Dedicated and loving father of James, Patricia, Margaret (Frank), Marian (Rick), Joanne (Steve), John and Liz (Doug). Fun-loving grandfather of Megan (Adam), Matt (Andrea), Gavin (Kristen), Michael (Melissa), David, Andy (Natalia), Rhea (Joel), Christine (Jordan), Ceilidh (Jake), Tasha (Doug), Chris, Tori, Jeffrey, Tristan and Steven. Amazing great- grandfather of Isabella, Lilly, Eowyn, Amelia, Harrison and Kaljo. Born in Richmond Hill, ON, Frank experienced the challenges of the '30s, served our country as a Lieutenant, Communications-Signals in World War II, then enjoyed a long and successful career as a retail hardware entrepreneur. For many years, Frank reached out and cared for his siblings, all the while introducing and sharing his passion for golf, cribbage, waterfront cottages and annual family events with his ever-growing family and extended families. His lifelong interest and active caring for his many grandchildren and great- grandchildren has left a lasting mark on each one of them. Always gracious and a true gentleman to all he met, Frank weathered several health challenges in recent years with dignity and humour. Frank and the family had heartfelt gratitude for the helping hands of Susan, Celeste, Donna, Virginia, Josie, Cora, Kay, Leila, Sanjini, Dena, and Rovelyn; Doctors Panos Fountas and Rhiannon Da Costa and Evelyn; Theresa Traynor at Veterans Affairs; CCAC and many other wonderful caregivers and professionals. Friends may visit at Paul O'Connor Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Ave. E., on Saturday, April 19th from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. A celebration of Frank's life will be held in the chapel from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Burial at Mount Hope Cemetery, followed by a reception at Toronto Botanical Gardens at Lawrence Ave. E. and Leslie St. at 4 p.m. Donations to your favourite charity appreciated. What survives of Frank and his bride Rita is love.
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Published in the Toronto Star on Apr. 17, 2014