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FRANCIS (FRANK) EDWARD PENROSE PEARSON

Born: Sep 05, 1921

Date of Passing: Sep 23, 2004

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FRANCIS (FRANK) EDWARD PENROSE PEARSON September 5, 1921 - September 23, 2004 Quietly passed away early in the morning of September 23, 2004 at MICU unit of St. Boniface Hospital. Frank was predeceased by his parents: his mother Florence; his father Francis; and his twin boys at birth, and brother Robert. Frank leaves to mourn his loving wife of 52 years Isabel (nee Miller) brother Jack (Suzette) sisters, Lillie (Jack) and Donna; sister-in-law Irene; and nieces and nephews. Frank spent his early life growing up in Stonewall. The familys life revolved around the Stonewall Hardware Store. His early working days were spent in the Stonewall Quarry. He was active in sports and sang in the church choir. Frank enlisted in the R.C.A.F. in 1939, and was originally stationed in the Maritimes. He was transferred to the Royal Airforce and stationed in Charterhall, U.K. where he was assigned to the Bomber Command with expertise in Radar Defense (known as the Silent Service). Frank returned to Manitoba in 1946 and began a 32 year career with Winnipeg Supply. Frank was the manager of the Mining Division until his unit was sold to Steel Bros., U.K. where upon Frank managed the company for the new owners. Frank spent 12 years with Steel Brothers. During his working career, Frank achieved many awards from both humanitarian and industry related associations. Over 44 years ago, Frank was diagnosed with diabetes which significantly changed his life. He began by working with Dr. John Moorehouse with the Childrens Diabetes Camp; he was an original member of the Manitoba Diabetes Branch, and was at one time the president of the Manitoba Diabetes Association. Frank worked with the National Diabetes Association and became president for two years. During his tenure, Frank and Isabel visited 38 branches across Canada to promote well-being for diabetes awareness; held the National Convention in Winnipeg, and was guided and friends with Drs. Banting and Best. Frank was an active participant in the Canadian Diabetes Association all of his life. Frank was a member of the East Kildonan Kiwanis Club for 40 years. He was a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metalergy. Frank was a member of several legions over the years, but latterly a member of Legion 215. Frank was a member of the Outlook Club and an active participant. For many years, Frank and Isabel travelled including over 25 years of wintering in Hawaii. The summers were spent at the cottage in Kendal Inlet, Lake of the Woods. Frank loved sailing with Isabel as the crew; and spent many happy hours fishing on the lake. The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to all the doctors, and especially the nurses and orderlies of the MICU unit of St. Boniface Hospital, for their kindness, support and care of Frank over the last several days. Memorial service will be held on Monday, September 27 at 11:00 a.m. at Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton St., with Rev. David Maruta officiating. Reception to follow in the church hall. A private family interment will take place in Glen Eden Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Franks honour to the Canadian Diabetes Association or to a charity of ones choice. Arrangements entrusted to: GLEN EDEN FUNERAL HOME 4477 MAIN STREET 338-7111 Family and friends are invited to sign the Book of Condolences at www.gleneden-mb.ca

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 25, 2004

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