Author Tags: Kidlit & Young Adult
An aviator and a former pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force, Neil Francis of Galiano Island was the author of Super Flyers (Kids Can Press, 1988), an instructional book for kids. It shows kids how to make flyers from recycled materials. Illustrations by June Bradford. Francis died in 2008. [See obituary notice below] He lived on Galiano Island.
[BCBW 2008] "Kidlit" "Galiano"
F Neil (Nick) Francis, RCAF Sdn Ldr (ret), died unexpectedly Thursday, August 7, 2008, of complications following surgery for sarcoma. He died working hard to get well, helping the magnificent medical team around him. His great heart could not overcome the trauma caused by a C difficile bacterial infection contracted in hospital.
Delight in things that fly, the joy of reading, sharing music and good food, walking the island roads, volunteering, Nick loved his life on Galiano over twenty beautiful and fulfilling years and wished to honour community in every way. Before arriving on the island, Nick had already succeeded in several careers as a pilot, educator, aviation historian, children's author and many more.
Please join friends and family from all over who will gather on Saturday, September 20, 1 p.m. at the Galiano Community Hall to celebrate his love of life. Come to share some stories, memories and conversation with a remarkable breadth of people touched by Nick. He wanted a party, not a funeral, so help us do just that. I will be honoured by your presence. If you can't attend, I would value your written appreciation of Nick to share in your absence.
Donations will be received in Nick’s memory for the Galiano Conservancy Association Endowment Fund; please call 250-539-2424, or see www.galianoconservancy.ca