Francis John Whiteside

June 10, 1930 – April 26, 2021
June 10th, 1930 (Livingston, Scotland) – April 26th, 2021 (White Rock, B.C.)

Francis was predeceased by his wonderful wife of sixty-two years, Primrose, in 2015, and leaves behind his two sons, Frank and David, daughter Janet Elaine, son-in-law Francis Hope-Rapp, grandson Strauss, granddaughter Alexandra, and many nieces, nephews and other family and friends in Canada, Scotland, South Africa, and Australia.
Francis grew up with his older sister, Christine, and twin brothers James and Robert, in the small town of Uddingston, Scotland. It was there that he and Primrose also started to raise their own family.
However, Francis was so enamored with Canada, after hearing many stories from one of his high school teachers, that he moved his young family to Vancouver in 1967, settling in Ladner, soon after.
As a highly sought-after tool-and-die maker, Francis worked for Weiser Locks before joining Primrose at BC-Tel. Working at BC-Tel brought Francis and Primrose a great deal of joy as they were in the choir together with their dear, life-long friend, Fiep Blommers. Throughout their lives, Francis and Primrose were involved with choirs and passed their love of classical and choral music on to their daughter and grandson.
The family would like to thank many of the caregivers at Evergreen Care Home, Seniors’ Come Share Society, Peninsula United Church congregation, Dr. Bernice Brits, and many friends and relatives, for their love and support over the years.
Francis was an incredibly gregarious, profoundly hilarious, and thoughtful humanitarian whose presence will be intensely missed.
As Francis would say, in his particularly strong Scottish accent, “that’s me feneeshed, and ul no be back!”
Presently no service is planned.

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