Frank  Marshall
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Obituary of Frank Albert Marshall

Peacefully at Renfrew Victoria Hospital on Friday, May 11, 2018 after a life well lived, Frank passed away at the age of 96. Loving husband of Hilary Durrant for 70 years. Dear father of Keith (Anne) of Lombardy, ON, Ray (Mandy) of Pakenham, Ian (Mary Anne) of Cotieville and Kevin (Kathy) of Renfrew. Proud and loving grandfather of seven and great-grandfather of five.


Frank emigrated from a Britain devastated by wars, economic depression and class divisions in1951 with the love of his life, Hilary, and their young son. His dream was to own a farm in Canada, the land of opportunity, freedom and fresh air. Frank worked in the fledgling aircraft industry in Canada contributing to the Avro Arrow project. But within a dozen years he had realized the dream and moved with a family that had grown to 3 sons onto the farm on Mount St. Patrick Road. A fourth son was born while there. Through many years Hilary and Frank and the boys raised beef cows and chickens and also managed extensive gardens of fruit and vegetables as they lived a pastoral life. Firewood and snow removal were hard work but the activities were also cherished as part of everyday life. Throughout it all Frank and the whole family used large doses of humour. Eventually the country life became too difficult and Frank and Hilary moved into a small house in Renfrew that overlooked a park used by laughing children and neighbours walking dogs.


At Frank's request, cremation will take place. Donations in his memory may be made to the Sunshine Coach or the Renfrew Victoria Hospital. Online condolences may be made at

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