May 28, 1918 – September 15, 2008
Long-time treasured friend of Connie, Lisa, Myrtle and Fran passed away peacefully at her residence at Casa Loma in the early morning of September 15th. Predeceased by her parents Richard C. Moffat and Mary L. Richardson, her brother Chester C. Moffat and sister-in-law Helen, an infant brother Russell and her husband Charles in March 1980. Fran was born and raised in Brantford, Ontario. Her parents had a cottage at Port Dover, Ont. where she spent many happy summers – like early morning fishing with her dad on Lake Erie & told not to talk and sit quietly or the fish wouldn’t bite. Her brother who was 8 years older once plopped her in the bird bath for being cheeky to him and his friends. She loved all sports and excelled in basketball taking the Ontario Senior Girls Championship in 1938. In April 1942 she joined the CWAC and was assigned for duty at the Military Attaché – Canadian Legation Staff in Washington, D.C. in May 1942. While serving in the army Frances made memories to last a lifetime. She was later transferred to Ottawa where she met the love of her life, Charles. She flew in a Lancaster bomber to England where Charles was stationed and they were married in July 1946. She always called herself a war bride. After the war Charles and Fran came west to the coast and finally homesteaded on waterfront property on Denman Island. While on limited resources, but in love and up to a challenge, they built a home, created a garden and life from the trees, rocks and shores of Denman. In 1972 after Charles had suffered a stroke, they decided to sell their lovely property and move to Courtenay. In 1980 Charles passed away and as a widow Fran had to make a life for herself. She was a gentle and kind person who loved and was loved in return. She was filled with curiosity and had a great memory for facts and events. She touched many lives, both young and old, forever. We cry and mourn a woman who was still bright, beautiful and a pleasure to be with at the age of 90.
“We will think of you and miss you forever. You were our rock and gave of yourself for us. God bless and keep you. May you find peace and Charles, your prince, in heaven. We bid you farewell with all our love.” -Myrtle Capling, John and Lisa Zuk and family, your Casa Loma family and friends.
No service by request – Donations gratefully accepted for the North Island College Foundation, Canadian Daughters Assembly #6 Endowment Fund, 2300 Ryan Road, Courtenay, B.C. V9N 8N6.