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Born: Apr 10, 1923

Date of Passing: Dec 15, 2018

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ALLEN JAMES FRANKS 1923 - 2018 With family by his side, Allen passed away peacefully December 15. Predeceased by his wife Phyllis (Scott), father Malcolm, mother Eleanor and brother Earl Franks. Allen leaves behind two children, Malcolm (Sharon) and Kathleen, two grandchildren, Kristen (Max and their son Felix) and Kurtis Franks. Allen was born on April 10, 1923 in Winnipeg, St. Vital. When he was at age to work, his first job was at Auto Supply as a dismantler. This is where his love of vehicles started. Allen enlisted in the Canadian Air Force at the age of 18 and flew with the Royal Air Force. His rank was Sargeant Warrant Officer second class; he flew in the Lancaster as a wireless operator and back up tail gunner. After the war Allen met and married Phyllis Scott and wed on September 2, 1950. They were married for 44 years and enjoyed travelling to visit family and friends. They also enjoyed travelling abroad and their favourite place was Maui. They spent many summers and weekends at the family cottage in the Whiteshell where Allen loved to drag (as he would say it) kids around the lake. We spent many of night playing cards and enjoying a (smile) beverage which would always had the right amount of rum. Allen started his own business out of his garage selling autoparts, where he inherited his name "Honest Al from St. Vital". He opened his first parts store "Norgrove Autoparts" then sold after a couple years. He then opened Motor Parts and Supplies and owned it for 40 years. Allen enjoyed working and never retired until he was in his 70s. Once retired he took up travelling again with longtime friend George Bray where they vacationed in Hawaii for many years. Special thanks to St. Boniface Hospital and Vista Park Lodge for their kindness and compassion. Private family ceremony was held on Wednesday, December 19 at St. Vital Cemetery. THOMSON FUNERAL HOME 204-783-7211 Condolences may be sent to

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 22, 2018

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I grew around him when I was a kid doing yard work and catching grasshoppers in his yard. I would never take money so I was paid with cold can of Pepsi after a long day's work in the summer. I remember his baby blue Cadillac that he used to drive and the model T Ford he kept in his garage. Always found interesting and odd things in his yard when playing or doing yard work. He was always kind enough to let me keep whatever small thing it was. My family lost touch with him after we moved, but I'll always remember those days like they were yesterday. My deepest condolences. - Posted by: Jerry (Friend) on: May 13, 2021

  • My folks were Margaret and George Bray and I remember spending summers with the Franks in the Whiteshell. Good memories! Our condolences to the family. - Posted by: Pat and Bev Collins (Friends ) on: Dec 24, 2018

  • Heartfelt condolences to the Frank Family. I met Al at a very young age as he was well known in the auto parts business. My father (Ken Jackson) and Al were good friends and we would visit the Franks in their St. Vital home. RIP Honest Al you will be missed. - Posted by: Don Jackson (Friend) on: Dec 22, 2018

  • Sorry, Malcolm and Kathy, to hear that your dad passed away. I remember growing up next door to you. I remember your dad fondly, seeing him walking around the yard, checking things out. He loved both of you, as well as your mom, dearly. I send my condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Louise Fedak Dahle (Neighbour) on: Dec 22, 2018

  • Mr. Franks was always so kind to me when I visited my Dad down the hall from him at Vista Park. Kathleen, I'm so sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Susan (Friend from Vista Park Lodge) on: Dec 22, 2018

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