George Francis Dow was born on March 30th, 1941 in High Prairie. He was the second of eight children born to Eddy and Addy Dow.
Francis, who passed away July 4 at the age of 75 years, lived in Faust as a youngster until 1947 when the Dows returned to Kinuso. Francis met a lovely, young teacher from Saskatchewan in 1963. Miss Natalie Ossadchuk and they were married July 24, 1965. They made Kinuso their home.
For many years Francis played, drums, saxophone and accordion with the Kodiaks. Francis was very involved with the community. He had worked with Scouts and Cubs, spent many years on the chamber of commerce, and devoted six years on the village council.
Francis’ real commitment was to the Kinuso Volunteer Fire Department. Francis spent many hours working at the old fire hall. He never complained when the call came in the middle of the night to head out to a fire, and then head out to work with no sleep in the morning.
Francis worked in the hardware department at Kinuso Mercantile. Anyone who frequented the store knew if you needed it Francis could find it. He enjoyed helping and visiting the customers and he loved the people he worked with. In 2006, at the age of 65, Francis retired after 50 years of great service at the store.
Francis was a family man and spent as much time as he could with his wife, children, grandchildren, sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews. Family was very important to Francis. During his early years of retirement came the grandchildren and that became his passion. Chasing squirrels in the trees, eating ice cream on his swing or finding a piece of gum in his pocket, a grandchild was right by his side.
Retirement was something Francis looked forward to, however his struggle with Parkinson’s disease made that very difficult at times. Being Francis though, he took on this struggle with the same strength, love and smile that made him the wonderful person that he was.
Francis memory will go on in the lives of: wife Natalie; son Terry [Angie] Dow; and daughter Tammy [Adrian] Plante; his six amazing grandchildren Bryce, Kayley, Landen, Lexi, Shayla, and Isabelle; his sisters Dianne [Gerald] Doerksen, Doreen [Ron[ Beaupre, Marilyn [Eldon] McDonald, and Karen [Vic] Abel; his brothers Larry [Esta] Dow, Jim [Laurel] Dow, Donald [Betty] Dow; sister-in-law Jeanette [Burnice] Bamping; and the many nieces and nephews he loved so much.
Francis was predeceased by: his loving parents, Eddy and Addie Dow; father and mother-in-law William and Mary Ossadchuk; brother and sister-in-law John and Audrey Kulchysky.
Forever a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.
We love you, Francis.