Francis MAGEE

Francis MAGEE

Magee, Francis Berry. Aug 17, 1919 – Aug 15, 2013. Francis Berry Magee, a long time resident of Abbotsford, passed away on August 15, just 2 days short of his 94th birthday. Frank was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on August 17, 1919. His family moved to the Interior of BC when he was 4, settling in the Salmon Arm area at Gleneden, near Tappen. Frank joined the RCAF in 1942 and served in Bomber Command in heavy Lancasters. Between the fall of 1943 and March 1944, his crew carried out multiple ops over Europe. When ND641 was shot down March 24/25, 1944, Frank was rescued and hidden for months by the courageous men and women of the Dutch and Belgian underground; he later repaid this kindness by sponsoring the emigration to Canada of his primary rescuer, the late Hank Van Geuns. After the war, Frank had a long career in municipal administration in Abbotsford and Maple Ridge BC, retiring in 1984. He and his late wife Vera enjoyed many years at Mill Lake Estates prior to moving to Osoyoos in 2008. Frank is pre-deceased by his son John (1995) and his wife Vera (2012) and is survived by his loving daughters Roena (Ken) and Verna (John). He had a long and honourable life and we will miss him. The wonderful care of the staff at Mariposa Gardens in Osoyoos for the last few years is greatly appreciated by the family.


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