Franks- It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Richard “RJ” Joseph Franks on Wednesday December 23, 2014 at Bluewater Health in Sarnia at the age of 79 yrs. He was born in Kingston, ON and is survived by; his loving wife, Linda; his brother, Robert (Jackie); his sisters, Marlene and Nadine (Michael); his children, Lorrie (Pete) Gillis, Ricky (Penny), Michael (Stacy) and Karen (Jamie); his grandchildren, Laura, Christopher, Jennifer, Stacy, Jamie and Mikey and by his many great-grandchildren. In his teens he joined the RCAF for 6 years and was a firefighter. After leaving the air force he started his business-RJ Franks Transport Ltd. in Alliston, ON. During the 35 years he operated the company it grew from 1 truck to over 200. He sold the company in 1989. In the same year he became Chairman of the Board and CEO for the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mt. Hope. ON. He also served on the board for Partnerjet and was President of the Ontario Snowmobile Racing Federation during which time he set a land speed record of 85 mph in 1970. In 2005 he retired. He had a house built in Port Lambton, ON and lived in a neighbourhood he loved for 9 happy years. His passions were fishing, boating and flying the Hawker Hurricane and his Cessna 206. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday January 3, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at Bogey’s Inn and Suites, 2849 St. Clair Parkway, Sombra, ON with Rev. Peter Wall officiating. Cremation has already taken place. In lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to Christ’s Church Cathedral, 252 James St. North, Hamilton, ON L8R 2L3. Arrangements entrusted to Knight Funeral Home, 588 St. Clair Parkway, Corunna. Messages and condolences may be left online @ www.knightfuneralhome.ca Knight 519-862-2845.
There will be no formal visitation.
Christ’s Church Cathedral, 252 James St. North, Hamilton, ON L8R 2L3
12:00 p.m. Saturday January 3, 2015 from Bogey's Inn and Suites