Frank D. McKie, retired businessman, full-time husband, dad, papa, grandpa, neighbour and all-around great human being, has left all our lives more empty when on Tuesday August 18, 2015 he died at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario, at age 82.
Frank’s vitality, his larger-than-life personality, his healthy zeal for life has made his sudden passing all the more difficult to comprehend. No one feels his passing more than Sonia, his beloved wife of 57 years. Their lives were so intertwined with love it is impossible to say “Frank” without “and Sonia.”
Frank touched so many lives with his kindness and humour that a complete listing of those who mourn his passing is impossible. His children, Paul (Ellen Robinson), Ian, and Ross (Debra Felstead) will carry his memory and those genetic “Frankisms” forever. Daughter-in-law Estelle Anderson always had a special place in Frank’s heart.
Grandchildren Sean and Thomas McKie, Sagan Rayner, Emma, Declan, and Ben McKie and newest family member Jude Felstead will all miss their grandpa/papa very much, as he was such a fun and devoted grandfather who loved them dearly.
Frank’s sisters Kathleen Pick (Alan) and Madeleine McKie in the UK mourn the passing of their cherished older brother. Sonia’s brother Gilbert Marley and sister Pamela McGregor were always very close to Frank. Frank was predeceased by his brother Bernard (Margaret).
Frank’s appetite for new horizons began in South Shields, UK on June 13, 1933. As a lad he cheered on AFC Sunderland and honed his intellect at St. Aidan Grammar School. Frank left his longtime home at 79 Quarry Lane when he married Sonia Marley on Dec. 26, 1957. Their children are forever grateful they had an easy anniversary date to remember.
Frank, Sonia, Paul and Ian emigrated to Canada on the Empress of England and became landed immigrants on July 22nd, 1963. From there Frank’s peripatetic ways took the family from New Brunswick to Nova Scotia (where Ross appeared) to several cities in Ontario.
Frank plied his trade as a corporate credit manager which took his talents from carpets to hardware to shoes and his family from Brampton to Georgetown to London and back to Brampton/ Caledon and then back to Georgetown. Along the way Frank made innumerable friends and kept them in his life and his heart. Frank and Sonia retired to Wasaga Beach in 1994.
Over the years Frank has been involved in everything from acting at the Georgetown Little Theatre to volunteering at the Collingwood Hospital. He was an avid tennis player, golfer and hiker, covering many kilometres with Sonia, both here and in England. Frank loved his garden, spending peaceful hours tending to the flower beds and trees and making the yard a refuge for many birds.
What Frank did, though, was never as important as who Frank was. He gave Sonia his love, his time, his soul. He taught his children perseverance, humility, strength, kindness and best of all, humour. He was a patient and kind father and grandfather. He never met a pun he didn’t like. He was exactly the kind of person with whom you would love to share a pint of Newcastle Brown Ale.
We will celebrate and honour Frank with a Memorial Service on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home, 509 River Road West, Wasaga Beach, Ontario. In lieu of flowers please send donations to one of Frank’s favoured charities, the Alzheimer’s Society. For further information and to sign the Book of memories, log on to www.carruthersdavidson.com
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