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Obituary of Francis David Whiteway
Frank “Francis” David Whiteway, November 8, 1942 to Dec 14, 2023. Passed peacefully away at home surrounded by family, after a ten-year battle with cancer. Leaving with loving memories, wife of 56 years, Jean (Blackwood) Whiteway; son, Glenn (Lyanne) of Fredericton; daughter, JoAnne (Erik) of Chicago, IL. His grandchildren were precious to him and Rebecca (Dillon), Sarah and Andrew Whiteway and Ryan Aguilera will miss him dearly. Dad is predeceased by his older brother, James (Jim) and his sister-in-law, Maggie. Also mourning his passing are nephew Jim, niece Susanne and their families, as well as other family and friends back in Newfoundland.
Born in Musgrave Harbour, NL to Bert and Olive (Parsons) Whiteway, Dad moved to Toronto for a few years after high school, later returning to NL where he met and married Jean (Blackwood). They settled in St. John’s, and later in Mount Pearl, where they lived for 46 years. Dad was the epitome of hard work and determination, working and taking night classes to upgrade his education, eventually obtaining his CMA designation. An accountant by training and computer studies instructor at College of the North Atlantic, Dad enjoyed playing and crafting several musical instruments, fine woodworking projects, and painting. Dad loved to spent time at family gatherings and playing music with First United Church worship band in Mount Pearl, and more recently with his friends at Nashwaaksis United church worship band in Fredericton.
In 2013 Dad was given 3 ½ years to live when diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer. His positive outlook and faith maintained him well beyond that time. Dad was able to see his grandchildren grow up and in 2017 Dad and Mom relocated to Fredericton, NB.
Many thanks to the incredible staff at Extramural Program NB (Nurses Tanya and Naomi), Occupational Therapist Patricia and Dietitian Kristin and the DECRH Palliative Care Physicians (Dr Gillis-Doyle, Dr Cameron) for their care and guidance over the past few months. Thank you to the staff of Integrity Home Heath, especially Jeanina for their care during Dad’s last days. Thank you to the congregation of Nashwaaksis United Church for their calls, visits and cards. We are grateful to the DECRH Oncology Staff and Physicians (especially Dr Ghadeer Anan), SJRH Radiation Oncology Staff, and Urologist Dr Liam Hickey for their expert care over the past seven years. Thank you to our family, friends and coworkers whose love and support has sustained us during Dad’s final days. Thank you to Dad and Mom’s caring neighbors and friends on McKnight Street for their visits, calls and support.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the loving care of York Funeral Home, 302 Brookside Drive, Fredericton. As per Dad’s wishes there will be no funeral or visitation. Cremation will take place and Dad’s ashes will be scattered at his favorite places back home in Newfoundland at a later date. Those wishing to make a memorial donation may do so to the Chalmer’s Foundation (Designated Fund - Oncology), or to a recipient of the donor’s choice. Personal condolences may be offered through www.yorkfh.com