Francis HUTCHINS

After a long, hard battle with multiple diseases, Frank Hutchins passed away early Friday morning, Dec 16, 2011, at the age of 78 at Vancouver General Hospital. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Sylvia, daughter, Joy (Neil) Roberts and grandsons Connor and Adrian. He was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Edith Hutchins, brothers, Albert, Ambrose, Bertram and sister, Rose Grant. His brothers and sisters saddened by this death are Marian Lundrigan, Amy (Fred) Bonnor, Mellisa (Lee) Sawkins, Molly (Lawrence) Tatosky, Tony (Dale) Hutchins, Charles (Lisa) Hutchins, Margaret Holmberg and Linda (Dave) Hutchins. Also mourning are his Aunt Ethel Robinson, cousin Vi (John) Lambie and many nieces and nephews.Frank was born in Sunny Isle, Saskatchewan, near Pelly. He, his parents and 4 siblings (at the time) crowded into a Ford Essex to drive from Saskatchewan to BC to settle in Mission. At age 19 he entered the RCAF serving in 22 different locations in Canada, Germany and France. After 12 years, he retired from the military to become a forest ranger at Lower Post, Yukon and then worked in the forest industry (EuroCan) in Kitimat. Frank and Sylvia were married in 1968 in Kitimat where Joy was born the following year. They lived in Kitimat, Mission, Boston Bar, where he worked for Hampton Lumber, and Abbotsford. Frank trained as a paramedic at the Justice Institute and joined the ambulance service. Later they moved to Hope in 1976 where he continued to work as a paramedic until 1985. Always one to keep active, he continued to work with the Commissionaires in his retirement years. During his life he wore many “hats”. He was an active member of the Hope Masonic Lodge and several other Masonic Lodges. He was also a member of the Shriners and the Legion. Other “hats” he wore were RCAF, Forest Rangers, Forestry, First Aid Instructor/Examiner, Ambulance Paramedic and Commissionaire Security Guards for the Hope jail. Frank loved the outdoors and was happiest when in his truck heading out on a remote logging road. Some of Frank’s favorite hobbies were fishing, hunting, fixing campers and camping. Thank you to the nurses and doctors at VGH ICR and acute care, Chilliwack ICU and Hope hospital, to Rev. Gail Newell, Rev. Mike Watkins, to the members of the Hope Masonic Lodge, to Shirley Metzner, Leanne Roberts, Sam Todd, Marron Roberts-Todd, Wendy and Scott Romine, Jenny and Clancy Wolpert, Ken Skilnick, Susan Wesmacott, Ladies of the Anglican Women’s League, Ladies of the Catholic Women’s League, Father Peter Altamirano, Sharleen and John Buist and special thanks to Joy’s colleagues from AFCC.Funeral services will be held at the Christ Church Anglican, 681 Fraser St. Hope, BC at 1pm on Thursday, Dec 22nd followed by a reception at the Anglican Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, a donation maybe made to one of his favorite charities – Cops for Cancer. Please feel free to send your condolences by email to: condolences@mountainsidefuneralhome.com