The family of Ernest Joseph Le Franc are saddened to announce his passing on May 9, 2017 at the age of 83. Born in Birtle, Manitoba to John & Gertrude Le Franc he was the eldest of 5 siblings. In the 1950’s, he moved with his brother to Kitimat, BC, where he worked as a surveyor for Alcan. It was there he met and married our mom, Sandra Munro. They would go on to have 6 children and live in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Sandspit and Salmon Arm. Dad continued to work on the Queen Charlotte Islands as a faller, a boat captain, and then a roadbuilder until he retired. After Dad & Mom divorced, Dad met and married Gloria Feniak of Salmon Arm.
Dad was a simple man who could figure out how to do or build anything. He used to say he was a Jack of all trades, master of none. There were no projects he would not tackle even to purchasing a 2 story home in Jedway, barging it up to Sandspit, building a foundation, dragging it up off the beach onto that foundation and then renovating it. No small feat when you have to order everything from Vancouver. He enjoyed working with his hands, doing woodwork and stained glass in his later years. He loved to tinker with small engines & machinery.
Dad loved his family above all else and worked hard all his life to provide for us. He instilled a strong work ethic in all his children
Dad is survived by his children Michealle (Neil Hadley), Ninna (Jen Hough), Gregg (Shelley), Denise (Geoff Clouter), Bruce (Marycon) & Shannon (Rick Rolin). Also by his grandchildren Craig (Amanda), Amie & Natalie, Terry (Sheila) & Jennifer, Keira & Kaycie, Mallory (Kirk Sharp) & Sarah (Tyler Hinton), Jaren, Marisa & Ben, Chelsea & Lawson (Jenna). He is also survived by his 9 great grandchildren, his brother Marcel (Barb), his sister-in-Law Barbara (Ross Brewer) and his first wife Sandra (Don Grant).
Dad was predeceased by his parents, both his sisters Henriette & Rose and their spouses and his brother Rene Le Franc and his second wife Gloria Feniak.
A celebration of life will be on June 11th @ 1:00pm at the Days Inn in Penticton and we know that the sun will be over the yardarm where Dad is and everything will be pas pire, pas pire. In lieu of flowers please consider contributing to the Alzheimer’s Society or any charity of your choice.