It is with extremely heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our dad on May 6, in Oakville, surrounded by love.
Devoted husband to Ann; loving father to Greg (Jennifer), Gabrielle “Gaye” McMillan (Bill) and Caroline “Carrie” Rankin; cherished grandad to Emily, Kira, Matthew, Haley, Michael, Michelle; and great-grandad to Oliver Francis.
Frank was born in Germany in 1927. The threat of the Second World War sent him and his brother Michael to Switzerland and later to the U.K. for their education.
Frank studied at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital and The Medical College University of London, where in 1949 he graduated from medical school at the age of 22.
Frank’s first foray into practising medicine was at N. Middlesex Hospital in London and then at the Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital, England, as a house physician.
Between the years 1952 to 1955, Frank travelled the world as a surgeon lieutenant in the British Royal Navy on the H.M.S Kenya and the H.M.S Royal Prince.
Lured by a residency, Frank and his treasured Jaguar emigrated to Canada in 1955, landing in Montreal. He proceeded to drive across this vast country to Victoria, B.C., where he held a position at the DVA Hospital. There he met his future wife Ann, a registered nurse, on a blind date. Together in 1956, they moved to London, Ont., for a research fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Western Ontario Victoria Hospital.
A year later an opportunity arose to set up a private practice at The Queensway General Hospital, where Frank became chief department head of family and general practice, a position he held from 1966 to 1982.
Frank retired from his Ontario practice in 1989 to take Ann back to British Columbia and fulfil a promise he had made to her many years prior, where he continued to work as a locum doctor. Finally, in 1999, the decision was made to move to Burlington, Ont., to be closer to family and completely retire as full-time grandparents.
To us who called him dad, grandad and friend, Frank will always be remembered as engaged, interested and interesting; the quintessential family man that provided his family with endless opportunities.
He cautiously encouraged adventure for his children and grandchildren, and was always extremely generous with his caring advice, helping hands and devotion to his family.
He will be remembered as a dedicated and respected physician to generations, for being a world traveller, a storyteller, a history buff, a music lover, an avid skier (from grand mountains to a founding member of BVSC), a Saturday sailor at LBSC, and a committed cottager on Lake of Bays.
Above all else, Frank leaves behind a legacy and a blueprint for a life well lived. The family would especially like to thank all the Amica Bronte angels for their exceptional care and support.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Covenant House or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated. Share condolence messages online.