John William Francis

John William Francis


John William

January 4, 1935

– August 28, 2014 John was born in Somerset, England and passed away peacefully at Moog & Friends Hospice with his loving wife Jill at his side.

Predeceased by his daughter Christine he leaves behind sons; David and Shaun (Dana) and grandchildren Matthew, Brian and Celia, as well as family still in England and many good friends here in Canada.

John immigrated to Canada with his family in May 1975 to operate the Rocking Chair Ranch in Cawston, BC quite a change from milking cows and operating a dairy farm in England. A true stockman, he was on a horse just two days after landing in Canada herding cattle ten miles up Highway 3 on the first of a two day cattle drive over Fairview pass to Reed Creek above Oliver. From those first days he never stopped. He worked tirelessly producing top quality hay and outstanding cattle until he retired.

A congenital heart aliment forced him to slow down but he kept busy with his little hay fields and huge garden and flower beds, then laying hens, wood work projects and even building ships in bottles. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

We wish to thank Doctors Partridge and Ashton for their diligent care throughout his life, and wonderful doctors, nurses and staff on SP3 at Penticton Region Hospital and at Moog & Friends Hospice. No service by request. Donations may be made to the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation.

The last cut of hay is baled and stacked in the barn. The cows are all gathered and home from the range. Time to rest Dad, time to rest

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