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FRANCIS (FRANK) THORESBY (published on June 15, 2009)



FRANCIS (FRANK) THORESBY June 25, 1924 - June 12, 2009 It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Frank Thoresby. Frank peacefully passed away Friday June 12, 2009, after an unexpected admittance to St. Boniface Hospital, with his wife and son at his side. Frank is survived by his loving wife Winnie, whom together just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary May 30th; his son Michael; daughter-in-law Sandy; grandchildren, Owen, Chad, Matt, Robyn and Nicole, whom he dearly loved. Frank is also survived by sister-in-law Hazel Sinclair; brother-in-law Douglas Halliday and their families. Frank was born on Creek Farm Mattingly, Hampshire, England on June 25, 1924. He was just a young boy when he came to Canada with his parents in 1927. His mother Winnifred passed away in 1932. He was raised by his father Francis and farmed in Petersfield, Teulon and in 1940 settled on a farm west of Inwood. There he attended Carlsberg School, the proverbial one room schoolhouse of old. His working career began with Bird Construction where one of the projects he helped build was the original Winnipeg Arena. In 1959 he started his career with the City of Winnipeg. Frank married Winifred Cadle in 1959 and their only child, a son, was born in November 1960. Frank retired from the City on September 4, 1987, after 29 years of service. After retirement, Frank and Winnie enjoyed traveling across Canada, the USA, and Great Britain. Frank kept the homestead farm in Inwood and had extensive gardens, growing his beloved vegetables, especially tomatoes and potatoes. He always said he had to grow one row for themselves and one row for the deer. He practiced organic farming years before it became fashionable. Frank was a generous husband, father, grandfather and friend, graciously giving to those around him. He quietly supported numerous charities and local causes, including being a regular blood donor, receiving several certificates of recognition for his many donations. The family would like to thank the staff at the St. Boniface Hospital for their efforts and compassion. If friends so desire, donations in Frank's memory, may be made to a charity of their choice. Funeral service will be held Wednesday June 17, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue, with burial to follow. Chapel Lawn 885 - 9715


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