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Photo of Harold & Nell on their 70th Anniversary, May 19, 2010. Harold Edward Francis of Rancho Palos Verdes passed away on August 18, 2010, at the age of 92. He was born on November 25, 1917 in Victoria, B.C, to Harry and Veda Francis. In 1920 he moved to the Los Angeles area with his parents and younger brother, Gordon. While in middle school he met and fell in love with the girl living next door, Nell. He attended Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles, transferring to the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee during his junior year. Harold always reflected on his time spent at McCallie, and the important influence it had on life. Harold served a total of eight years in the United States Navy. The initial portion of his first four year tour was spent at the Machinist Mate Training School in Norfolk, Virginia. Following graduation he returned to San Diego, serving the remainder of his enlistment aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Boggs. Shortly after his discharge in 1940, he married Nell, the "girl next door". Harold served his second tour of duty in the South Pacific during World War II. Aboard the repair ship U.S.S. YR67 ported at the Pelelui Island ship repair facility, he served as the Chief Petty Officer in charge of the repair ship's machine shop. Chief Machinist Mate Harold E. Francis was Honorably Discharged from the United States Navy January 14th, 1946. Harold was very proud of his 8 years of Naval service, and was pleased that his son, Dave also chose to serve in the Navy. After WWII, Harold entered into a partnership with his father in the floral business. From the experience gained working with his father, he eventually established his own business in Inglewood, CA, The Inglewood Flower Shop, which he owned and operated for over 40 years. Harold was active in the floral industry organizations and associations, serving as President of Certified Florist, executive member of the Southern California Floral Association, FTD Southwest District Representative, and later Chairman of the FTD Southwest District. Elected as the Director of the FTD Southwest Region, Harold served 3 years on the FTD Board of Directors, being nominated to Chairman of the FTD Marketing Committee during his final year on the FTD Board of Directors. In addition to FTD, Southern California Floral Assn., and Certified Florist, Harold was active in the Shrine Club and Inglewood Kiwanis Club, establishing many life long friendships along the way. Harold's involvement in the floral industry organizations and associations coupled with his business experience and integrity, earned him the respect of his industry colleagues. Even in retirement, he was often consulted on matters pertaining to organizational operations in his prior affiliations. Harold and Nell enjoyed traveling, and throughout the years were fortunate enough to travel to many interesting domestic and international destinations. In the earlier years, Harold, Nell and Dave made numerous trips to Victoria B.C to visit Francis family relatives. In the years associated with Harold's active involvement in FTD, Harold, Nell and David attended FTD Conventions in New Orleans, Pittsburg, Toronto, Denver and San Francisco. In the years following, Harold and Nell embarked on wonderful trips to the Orient, Mediterranean, Europe and the United Kingdom. Their domestic travels included a Mississippi riverboat cruise from New Orleans, and a trip to the East Coast trip consisting of tours of Washington D.C., Williamsburg and Jamestown. On many of their trips, Harold and Nell were accompanied by close family friends, and they often reflected on these trips as being among their most enjoyable. Harold was an avid golf enthusiast, and was very fortunate to be blessed with the good health that enabled him to play until the approximate age of 87. He never lost his enthusiasm for the game, and his son fondly remembers spending Sunday afternoons with his Dad watching the PGA Tournaments on television. Harold was deeply devoted to his loving wife of 70 years, Nell, who passed away recently on June 13th, 2010. His greatest pride, enjoyment, and love was his family: Nell; his son, Dave; daughter-in-law, Kristin; and grandchildren, Kathryn and David Jr. Harold and Nell will forever be in the hearts of their family. They will always be loved and always be missed. Private services will be at Green Hills Cemetery on September 4, 2010. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Sept. 3, 2010
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