Francis (Frank) Easton Founding Member Passes Away
Francis Easton passed away in Calgary, Alberta on November 9, 2023. Francis
(Frank) Easton was born in 1935 on a farm in South-Eastern Saskatchewan. He
graduated from Wawota High School in 1954. After assisting with the harvest,
he took a job in Regina with the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. In 1958, he applied
for a job in the general insurance business and over the years was employed in
Claims and Administration with several organizations in both Regina and
Edmonton. He retired in1995 after spending 15 years as Executive Director of
the Insurance Brokers Association of Alberta.
He had a lifetime interest in genealogy, greatly influenced by his mother. He seriously
commenced the study of his own ancestors in 1965 which continued until his death. He loved to
search out the historical aspect of his family and the stories that came to light as a result.
Frank was one of the nine founding members of the Alberta Genealogical Society. In 1974/1975,
he served as its second President. He continued to be active in the Society until his death. At the
AGS 50th Anniversary Conference held in Edmonton, September 23, 2023 he was awarded a 50 year
membership Founding Member plaque as one of only two remaining founding members.
Francis’ wife of 65 years, Doreen Faye, passed away on August 11, 2021 in the early hours of the
morning during her stay at the Edmonton University Hospital from complications of a fall and
breathing problems. Francis’ is survived by two sons, Gordon (Dianna) and Dean (Brenda), five
grandchildren, a nephew in British Columbia, a brother and sister-in-law as well as many nephews
and nieces on Frank's side of their family.
Alberta Genealogical Society wishes to express it’s deep appreciation to Francis' family for the fifty
years of dedicated membership and service that Frank provided. May he rest in peace.