Major Francis A. Golding
Retired Royal Canadian Air Force Major Francis A. Golding passed away suddenly, but peacefully, at his home on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Born in Seaforth on May 20, 1923, Frank was in his 95th year.
Frank was the beloved husband of Janie Golding (née Moffat) for over 60 years, the much loved father of Elizabeth Scott, Seaforth and treasured grandpa of Denny Scott (Ashleigh), Tory Struyf (Jeff), Marissa Scott (Zack) and Ethan Scott (Desirée). He was the loving great-grandpa of Mary Jane Scott and Evie, Wes and Rhett Struyf.
Frank was predeceased by his son Mark in 2013 as well as his parents (Senator) William and Alena Golding, his siblings and their spouses; Evelyn and Paddy Parrett, Arthur and Viola Golding, Dorothy and Jim Mark, Marjory and Ross Montgomery, and in-laws Helen and Tom Wilbee.
Frank joined the military immediately after graduating from high school in 1941, and made the air force his career. He followed his war-time experience with peacekeeping tours in Europe and England. After returning to Canada, he moved through administrative postings, retiring in the late 1980s. He and his wife Janie then enjoyed winters in their home in Winterhaven, Florida, and summers at the cottage and in Seaforth for many years.
Frank’s grandchildren were the sunshine in his days, and he couldn’t hear enough from them, or share enough about them.
Frank was a charter member of Northside United Church, had been a member of the Shriners, Masons and Seaforth Legion, and spent many years volunteering his time for sport teams and community groups.
Frank was blessed with an abundance of good nature, and lived to share that blessing with everyone he met.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial visitation was held at McGlynn Family Funeral Home, Seaforth, on Sunday, May 6 with a Masonic Lodge Service at 1 p.m. Visitation continued on Monday, May 7 at Northside United Church, Seaforth followed by the funeral service honouring Frank’s life. A reception followed in the church hall and interment will take place at Maitlandbank Cemetery at a later date.
As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation or the charity of one’s choice are appreciated and can be made through the funeral home.
Online condolences and memorial donations can be made by visiting Frank’s memorial at www.mcglynnfamilyfuneral home.com