It is with great sadness we say good bye to Frank. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy and their three daughters, Dianna, Janet and Barbara, his grand children Henry and Sparky Boal and Clarice and Chloe Stanley. He is also survived by his sister Joan Godber and sister-in-law Betty Allen, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Jim Allen and son-in-law Murray Boal.
Born in Quesnel to Rose and Sydney Allen, Frank liked to tell people he was the same age as the wooden bridge across the Fraser river. As the ice on the river was unsafe that February, the workers quickly laid planks, to allow a horse and cutter to cross the bridge, delivering Rose and baby Frank to their home on the west side of the river.
Frank grew up on the farm and later in North Quesnel. He enjoyed a happy childhood although he was afflicted with polio as a sixteen year old and fought hard to regain his health and strength.
Frank started his truck driving career working for Hugh Gook delivering Coca Cola to Wells and Prince George, and went on to work many years as a line driver with Carson Truck Lines, hauling between Vancouver and the Cariboo. He settled in North Vancouver and raised his family there.
Frank was a part of the generation that built the industrial infrastructure of the interior of the province and was proud of his role in that process. He knew the Cariboo highway like the back of his hand and “you know that there’s one of Frank’s stories around most every bend.”
He retired to Logan Lake and then returned to Quesnel in 2003. Frank had a keen memory and enjoyed sharing his recollections of Quesnel in the 30’s and 40’s. He loved, among other things, his family, dogs and a well tended lawn. We will miss his generosity and kind spirit.
No service by request