It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Frank Greens on February 19th, 2016 in Campbell River, BC. Frank, born on July 24th, 1942 in Edinburgh, Scotland, to William and Elizabeth Greens. The second of five brothers, Frank moved with his family across the Forth and was raised in Kirkcaldy, Scotland.
Frank proudly served in The Blackwatch Guard and later became an Apprentice Butcher. During his dancing days, he met Mima Munro and, after a four year courtship, they married in 1963 and had their first child, Raymond, born in Kirkcaldy the following year. Frank desired to raise his family in Canada. His Butcher wages would not allow for the move so he changed careers and begun work at the Nairns Lino Factory, allowing him the resources to relocate his family to Canada. Frank travelled ahead, residing with his beloved Aunt Bell and Uncle Fred in North Vancouver, BC, with Mima and Raymond following the year after.
Leaving North Vancouver, Frank moved his family to Prince Rupert, BC, where his Daughter, Catherine, was born. Settling in Prince Rupert, Frank took up curling, hunting and fishing from which many strong bonds and long-lasting friendships were formed. On one particular hunting trip, Frank met Jack Harts who, by chance, was selling his butcher shop in Telkwa, BC. This opportunity found Frank buying the shop and relocating his family to Telkwa. Frank and Mima parted ways in 1981 and Frank relocated to Vancouver working as a Butcher for IGA.
He later met and fell in love with June Johansen, marrying in 1991 in remote Tesla Lake, BC. Frank and June purchased their dream home on the Campbell River and later successfully ran a B&B Guest House. Their love of animals also came to them here and they proudly bred Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers and loved to travel, showing their dogs. The love of their dogs and their offspring always brought a spark and smile to them both. Frank enjoyed many hobbies. One of his loves was fishing, always looking forward to the next ‘Tyee’ row with a buddy. Curling was also a passion and he rarely missed the next Bonspiel. June and Frank were loyal Royal Canadian Legion members and enjoyed their Friday night fish and chips or steak and potatoes with many local friends.
Frank was an avid outdoorsman possessing a great zest for life. He was a man of knowledge and humour. He always had amusing stories to tell and he took great pride in his family and being a Scotsman. He will be missed by all who knew him. Frank was predeceased by his loving wife, June, on May 15, 2015. He leaves behind his Son, Raymond (Debra), his Daughter Catherine and his Step-Sons Darrell (Dawn), Karl (Jennifer) and Johan (Tanya). He also leaves behind his Grand-Children Erica, Alexander, Evan and Lucas and his Great-Grand-Children Noah and Kendra. Service to take place on Sun., Feb. 28th, 2016 at 1:30pm at The Royal Canadian Legion, 301 11th Avenue, Campbell River, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to “Prostate Cancer Foundation BC”.