Doney, Francis


1920 – 2014

doney frank sqOn Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Boundary Trails Health Centre, Frank Doney, aged 93 years passed away.

Francis (Frank) Harvey Doney was born on July 2, 1920, 2nd son to George and Gertrude Doney.  He grew up on the family farm northeast of Thornhill.  He attended grade school in Thornhill, helping out his father and older brother when he could.  Frank joined the Canadian Armed Forces at 17 years old, serving with the Fort Garry Horse – Light Artillery. Not long after, he was training in Scotland at the outbreak of WWII.  He was stationed in both England and France.  Frank formed many lasting relationships with his French billets, almost like their Canadian son.  It was overseas where he met his future wife Iris Wilhelmina Anne Scott, sister to his brother’s war bride Jill.  Frank returned to the new family farm northwest of Thornhill after WWII and continued to farm with his father.  Frank also participated in the Korean Conflict from 1950 to1952, serving with the Signal Corps with the Canadian Special Forces.  Upon returning to the Richard Sweet family farm, he married Iris on April 11, 1953 at the St. Stephens United Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Frank’s best man was Lindsay Currie; Iris’s maid of honour was Lorna Barkley.  Bridesmaids were their two nieces Heather and Rosemary Doney.  They moved into the farm house and became active in the Thornhill community, including church and the curling club.  Son Malcolm John was born in 1957 and daughter Susan Jane followed in 1959.

Frank worked hard on the farm, growing grain, raising livestock and selling milk and cream.  Frank developed many mechanical skills and a fascination with many evolving technologies which he carried on throughout his life, including agriculture and automotives.  Frank moved his family to Morden in November of 1965, into their home on 12th Street, across from the Morden Park.  In Morden he held several occupations including machinery mechanic, pipeline labourer, maintenance at Tupperware, and stationary engineer at Morden Fine Foods, Morden Hospital and CSP Foods. Frank liked motorcycling around southern Manitoba with his pals Edgar Cowan and Wesley White. He and Iris also enjoyed traveling, returning to both England and France, as well as various Canadian points of interest, including both the East and West Coasts, as well as Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Frank’s participation in two international conflicts remained very important to him as he became involved with the Morden chapter of the Royal Canadian Legion. He helped organize sports programs, and bingos. He served on the executive and was president for a term. Speaking to students about Remembrance Day was incredibly important to him; he and Iris continued to take part in school ceremonies well into retirement. Frank also was proud of his family history and helped create an elaborate family tree to pass down. When he was no longer able to ride his motorbike he began zipping around town on his bicycle, and later his motorized scooter. Frank enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren playing in the park across the street from their home on 12th street and taking them for his favourite treat-a banana split at Dairy Queen.  I know that I can speak for all of us and say that while he had a long and happy life, we will all miss him very much.

He leaves to mourn his passing his son, Malcolm (Cheryl) Doney, daughter, Susan (Murray) Braun, his grandchildren, Adam, Jackie, Keila and his extended family. He was predeceased by his wife, Iris in 2008 and brother, John (Lily).

A graveside service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Knightcot Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Frank's memory to the Royal Canadian Legion in Morden directed to their current renovation project.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

in care of arrangements


#1 Judy Stambuski 2014-06-23 16:52
Malcolm, Susan and family
Sorry to hear that your dad has passed away. I am thinking of you at this difficult time.
Judy Stambuski
#2 Paul & Sharon Warkentine 2014-06-25 14:30
So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this difficult time.
#3 Murray and Susan Seymour 2014-06-26 17:45
Dear Malcolm, Susan and Family! We are so sorry to hear about your father! You will miss him dearly! Our deepest sympathies!
#4 Ken &Sharon Lambrecht 2014-06-28 11:38
Dear Susan,Malcolm and family Sorry to hear of your dad's passing.

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