Skidmore, Frank Ivan
Frank Ivan Skidmore of Comox, passed away June 1, 2006 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Frank was predeceased by his wife Agnes and his brother Austin. He is survived by sons: Roger (Claire) and David (Nicole); grandchildren: Megan and Justin; brother Vincent; and sisters: Vera Rousseau and Evelyn Wasson.
Frank was born February 27, 1916, in New Canaan, Nova Scotia. His life spanned nearly a century of change. Born on a small farm reliant solely upon horsepower and without electricity until after WWII, Frank by necessity was inventive, enterprising and hardworking. He also developed his sly wit which was legendary. As the oldest of five children he early on assumed many responsibilities which curtailed his education, but never his love of reading which he did prodigiously to within 2 weeks of his passing.
In May 1940, Frank enlisted in the Pictou Highlanders and served throughout WWII. He moved to British Columbia in 1947 in search of better employment opportunities and worked at Port Mellon for many years. Retirement took him to Kamloops where he and Agnes spent many years with friends and family. In 2003 he moved to Comox to live with Roger and Claire.
He will be remembered and missed for his stories and his humour, patience and good nature.
There will be a memorial service at a later date in Kamloops. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Society would be appreciated.