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January, 1924 - December, 2012
It is with immense grief and sadness that our family announces the passing of our devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Francis (Frank) Steven. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Norma, son Michael (Elena), grandsons, Derek, Colin, Sebastian, Benjamin, and extended family, Doug, Leslie (Bruce), J. Douglas, Chelsea and Shelby, and Anita. Sadly, Frank was predeceased by his eldest son Mark, in June of 2012. Also predeceased by wife Betty.
Wrapped in the arms of love, Frank filed his final flight plan and slipped the surly bonds, ending his earthbound journey on Dec. 21, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Comox. He approached the end of the runway as he approached all situations in life, with calm understanding, dignity, graciousness, gratitude, and without complaint. The hours, logged in life, as in the air, were full and adventuresome, earning him much respect, admiration and many friendships.
Though he served proudly in the RAF wartime, RCAF including Search and Rescue, and Canadian Armed Forces Peace-Keeping, his many other career responsibilities included among others, firefighting with the Flying Firemen out of Victoria, Operations Manager for several airlines, and test pilot for Grumman. He commanded the controls of almost 70 different aircraft and held a pilot's licence until the age of 86.
Interested and open to all ventures, Frank's community participation included a term as President of the Comox Valley Cancer Society, years as a driver of the Mason's Cancer Van, member of the Seniors Wellness Council, Hospice Board and Steering Committee, Volunteer and Board member of Comox Valley Airforce Museum, Founding member of Glacier Greens, and a Greeter at Sid Williams Theatre. He even did a stint as a backstage prop man for Courtenay Little Theatre.
Thanks to all his golf buddies who included him on the greens in the final months and whose friendship he valued greatly. Special thanks to Russ Englemyer for always being there.
For their warmth and respectful gentle care, many thanks also to Dr. Simon Colgan, Nurses, Max, Eric, Harvey and Natalie on the third floor, Marie, Lindsey, and Wendy from Keystone Solutions, and especially Doreen Smith who brought so much love, humour, support and song to us in those last difficult weeks.
Frank loved family, flying, friends, golf, stories, and life.
A Celebration of life, and a gathering of remembrance and sharing will take place at 2:30, January 26, at 888 Wing, in Comox. Please join us and bring your stories.
This obituary was originally published in the Comox Valley Echo (Courtenay, BC).
Published online on Jan. 8, 2013 courtesy of Comox Valley Echo.