Royal Canadian Navy/Canadian Forces 1948-1953 1955-1978 Lt(N) Retd.
Passed away suddenly yet peacefully in his 90th year at Perth Hospital on December 18, 2019. Francis was the son of the late Frank and Carmel Dowdall of Sharbot Lake, Ontario. At 18 he joined the Navy and served his country for 29 years. He spent most of his time in Naval Air serving at HMCS Shearwater, on board the aircraft carriers HMCS Magnificent and HMCS Bonaventure and at Maritime Command in Halifax NS. In 1992 after 13 years with the Public Service, he retired and moved back to Sharbot Lake after an absence of 42 years. He is predeceased by his parents, younger brother Ronnie and younger sister Gwendolyn (Suds).
Francis will be deeply missed by his best friend, companion and devoted spouse Frona Brash with whom he spent many years of enjoyable retirement. Dear father of Debbie MacNeil (Frank) and Brandy Dowdall. Cherished dad to Jean Paul Dowdall, Janice Kellar (David), Michael Brash (Keena) and Jamie Brash (Sandra). Greatly missed by treasured grand children Allison, Andrew and Ashley (Josh) MacNeil and Sam Weinberg and great grand daughters Addison and Jade. Loving grandpa Francis to Ben Kellar (Stephanie), Cortney Prentice (Jeff), Anthony Brash (Crystal), Ashley Gray (Joel), Carlye and Mathew Brash and great grandchildren Parker, Cole, Owen, Olivia, Aria, Emmerson, Chloe, Ava and Ashton.
Francis will be sadly missed but never forgotten by his sister Vi Cureston, brother Paul (Pat), nephews and nieces and many friends.
Cremation has taken place and family and friends will be received at Goodfellow’s Funeral Home, Parham, on Friday December 20, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Service will be held in the Funeral Home on Saturday December 21st at 2 pm with lunch and reception to follow at 3:30 pm at Sharbot Lake Country Inn. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Shearwater Aviation Museum Foundation PO box 99000, Stn Forces, Shearwater NS, B3K 5X5 or charity of your choice, in memory of Frank Dowdall
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Shearwater Aviation Museum
PO Box 99000 Stn Forces, Halifax NS B3K 5X5