Peacefully, surrounded by family at St. Marys Memorial Hospital, St. Marys on Thursday, August 20, 2015, Francis “Frank” Van Veen, in his 50th year, of St. Marys and formerly of London.
Beloved husband of Corina Mitchell, loving father of Katelyn Van Veen. Survived by siblings Hilda Sass-Kortsak (Peter), Teri Michelon (Tim Wiltse), Sharon Greenaway (David), John (Julie), brother-in-law Graham Clark, Jim, Robert (Charlene) and brother-in-law Phillip Mitchell (Andrea Kedzierski), mother-in-law Cora Mitchell (St. Marys), and step mother Mary Van Veen.
Predeceased by his father John (2006), mother Geertje (nee Winia) (1993), sister Valerie Clark (2005), nephew Jeremy Greenaway (2004) and father-in-law Lawrence Mitchell (2013)
Frank worked in the mechanical engineering field for many years and prior to his cancer diagnosis had obtained his private and commercial pilot’s licences, purchased a Cessna 150 and did a solo flight across Canada. He loved the outdoors, especially canoeing on Lake Superior and spending time in Algonquin Park.
Visitation at the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, 47 Wellington St. South, St. Marys (519-284-2820), on Sunday, Aug. 23, from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. and again on Monday, Aug. 24, from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. Cremation to follow with interment in St. Marys Cemetery at a later date.
Many thanks to family, friends and coworkers during Frank’s illness. Also to Dr. Laura Lyons (St. Joseph’s Family Medical Centre, London), the staff at St. Marys Memorial Hospital for their wonderful palliative care.
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