Charlton, Francis L.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACHARLTON – A well-known member of the irrigation community, Francis L. (Frank) Charlton died May 23, 1979 in Brooks Health Centre following a long illness. He as 58.

Born in Millicent, Alta. on May 29, 1920, Frank Charlton was raised and educated in the community and spent all of his life in the district.

At an early age he took an active interest in all sports and this interest continued through his adult life. He became a well-known athlete whose principal interest was baseball, secondary only to hockey, and he played for teams· all through the years.

While Frank had the com­petitive spirit, he was in­terested primarily in spor­tsmanship, and this led him in later years to coaching minor hockey and little league baseball. He also curled and enjoyed curling as another spectator sport; he was always up to date on events in professional hockey and baseball as well as boxing and almost anything that was associated with the sports world. He also was in­terested in all current affairs and projects in the com­munity at large.

The characteristic which singled Frank Charlton out among his friends was his sense of humor – he was always cheerful and ready for a joke or a laugh, even if it were on himself; his op­timism and humor were con­tagious. He enjoyed the friendship of hundreds of people in all walks of life.

Frank owned and operated a farm equipment business for many years at Brooks, Frank’s Universal Farm Sales. until he sold out two years ago. He and his wife had enjoyed a number of trips abroad in recent years and had planned to continue travelling.

He was predeceased by his father. W.W. Charlton. and one brother Henry (Hank).

Surviving are his wife Gloria, and one son, Henry of  Brooks; four daughters, Mrs. Don (Louise) Alberts, Brooks; Mrs. Bill (Patsy) Dau. Three Hills; Mrs. Bud (Donna) Reed, Three Hills and Mrs. John (Linda) Descoteau, Duchess; six grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Maude Charlton, Calgary; three brothers, Tom and George of Millicent and Bob of Calgary; one sister, Mrs. John (Win­nie) Neely of Calgary.

Funeral service was held in St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Saturday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. F.R. Mongeau officiating; Mr. Clarence Ramer of Duchess assisted.

Honorary pallbearers were members of Frank’s old baseball team – Glen Berg, Mike Frey, Leonard Rasmuson, Raymond  Rasmuson, Mike Orlita, Dale Patterson, Bill Lester, Mac Tamura, Bob Harstead and (umpire) Joe Dumontel.

Active pallbearers were John Sears, Louis Nester, Norrie Young, Fred Man­deville, Jim Graham and Hugh Bevan.

Interment followed in Brooks cemetery with Smith Funeral Home of Brooks directing arrangements.

If friends desire, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.