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Born: Aug 18, 1920

Date of Passing: Apr 16, 2002

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FRANK EDWARD WILLIAM HANTON Frank Edward William Hanton, Hon. Col., born August 18, 1920, at Kenora, ON, passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2002 after a brief illness. Frank spent his early years in Kenora, and enjoyed playing hockey for the Kenora Thistles. He enlisted in the R.C.A.F. in 1940, and served overseas with distinction during the Second World War. During that time Frank rose to the rank of Squadron Leader and was twice awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, mentioned in dispatches and the American Air Medal. Frank met his bride-to-be, Joyce, while in England, and they were married in 1948 after returning to Canada. They took up residence in Lac du Bonnet, MB where they raised their three children. Frank continued his flying career with the Manitoba Government Air Services until his retirement in 1978. Frank and Joyce moved to Regina, where Frank assumed the Directorship of the Saskatchewan Government Executive and Air Ambulance Services, retiring a second time in 1984. In 1983, Frank was appointed Aide de Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, serving two terms. In 1988, Frank was made Honorary Colonel of Air Commands Moose Jaw training base. At age 77, Frank had completed approximately 35,000 hours of flying time. Throughout his life he remained active in the Royal Canadian Legion, the Lions Club, coaching minor hockey and baseball, refereeing and umpiring, and volunteering with the disabled and teens. Frank was active in the Canadian Fighter Pilots Association and a member of the Air Force Association of Canada. He was also a member of the Guinea Pig Club, members of whom were the earliest recipients of plasic surgery during the Second World War. Frank was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Lilly Hanton; younger brother Lloyd in 1943, also in the R.C.A.F.; his brother Len in 1999. He is survived by his wife Joyce; sons, Lloyd (Marie) and Craig (Donna) and daughter Tracy (Ken) grandchildren, Jacqueline, Tyler, Terralyn, Timothy and Peiter. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 24 at 2:00 p.m. in St. Pauls Cathedral, 1861 McIntyre St., Regina, SK with The Rev. Canon John E. Matheson officiating. Interment in Riverside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charitable organization of choice. Arrangements in care of Speers Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Services, Regina. E-mail condolences to the family may be sent to

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 22, 2002

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • This message is for a Frank Nephew Warren, I need to contact any of Frank's relations please, Frank might be related to my father-in-law. Thank you. - Posted by: Phillp (Possibly related ) on: Dec 23, 2018

  • Uncle Frank I have, since a boy, considered you my Hero. I paid you and Uncle Lloyd a tribute by having segments of your hockey and pilot accomplishments Nationally broadcasted on Hockey Day In Canada's "Coaches Corner" from Kenora. As well, I told the story of your search for Lloyd in the North Sea, in a song I wrote and recorded for Lloyd's Memorial - "For Freedom-Lloyd's Song" - Posted by: Warren L. Hanton (Nephew) on: Nov 19, 2017

  • I met Frank in 1992, and I considered him to be a friend with the common interests of the RCAF and its history. Frank was very generous to me with his time, and was willing to share his knowledge and experiences with me. Frank's personal story was one that I had hoped to sit down and record, with him. Unfortunately, he was taken from us before we were able pursue that task. I would have liked to have made a copy of his logbook, as a source of historical information for some of my history project, one of which is the art form of building plastic models of the aircraft flown by Frank and other airmen. I truly miss Frank, as I am sure many of his friends do and his family as well. Frank Hanton will always be a great Canadian hero. - Posted by: Patrick Elkington (Friend) on: Jun 03, 2014

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