Lacina, Francis Joseph

March 12, 1918 ~ January 10, 2014

Our dear Father and Papa passed away on January 10, 2014 surrounded by loved ones. After 95 years, Fran is now at peace, reunited with his cherished wife Joyce (1919-2012). Fran was admired as a cheerful, loving, wise example to all. Born on the homestead in Valley Centre Sask. in 1918, he later trained at Normal School in Saskatoon. He taught in many small prairie schools, eventually bringing his young family to Penticton in 1948. He then taught at Pen High and at Argyle SS in North Vancouver, retiring back to Vernon and Kelowna communities in 1982. Highly resourceful, Fran enriched his life with family and friends, music, poetry, gardening, travelling, faith and helping of others.

His children, Karen Self (Brian), Doug Lacina (Nelma), Gwen Doi (Gary), his grandchildren, Rodger, Michael, Darren, Renee, Carolyn, Heather, and their families, will miss him deeply. The family thanks the Good Samaritan staff at Mountainview Village, Kelowna for their great kindness and caring over the past six years. Many thanks also to Fran’s church family for their unending friendship and support.

To remember Fran, a memorial service will be held Thursday, January 16th, at 12:00 noon at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 696 Glenmore Rd, Kelowna, BC. Public viewing is at 11:00 and graveside service at 2:30 p.m. at Lakeview Memorial Gardens (2850 Dry Valley Road). Please make donations payable to Good Samaritan Canada.

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Arrangements entrusted to Valleyview Funeral Home, Kelowna, BC 250-765-3147.

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