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Francis S. Fry and Eythel Houlette Fry

Heritage of the High Country-
A History of Del Bonita and surrounding Districts
Pages 339-340
written by Mae Berezay

Francis S. Fry was born in Surrey, England, in 1907 and came to Canada as a young boy. He grew up on his uncle's farm near Waskatenau, Alberta, where he received his education. He was active in community and government affairs and was an active member of the Anglican church.

Francis worked as a clerk in the Co-op store in Waskatenau. He married Eythel Houlette and a son Bertram and daughter were born there. In 1935, they moved to Coaldale, Alberta, where Francis managed a co-op store. They moved to Whiskey Gap in 1937. Francis and his family then moved to Calgary in 1940 and resided there the rest of his life. He had been in failing health for several years and passed away in May of this year (1979).

Francis was very active in Scouting and spent several years as Scout Commissioner of Southern Alberta. Among the many awards he received was the "Silver Wolf", the highest award in scouting. Upon moving to Calgary Francis was employed by Model Dairies and spent several years as manager. Palm Dairies bought Model Dairies and Francis stayed as their manager until his retirement.

Francis was ordained a priest in the Anglican church in 1970 and served in that capacity at the Church of the Transfiguration. His wife, Eythel, resides in Calgary and has been active for several years in church work and senior citizens activities.

His son, Bert, joined the R.C.M.P. when he was 18 and took his basic training in Regina. He was stationed in St. Johns, New Brunswick. He married his high school sweetheart, and they were the parents of three sons. While on duty Bert suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 33.

The following in memoriam took place at the Church of the Transfiguration on Sunday January 13, 1980.

IN MEMORIAM Next Sunday morning, as part of our 10:00 a.m. service, the lower hall of the church will be dedicated in the name of FRANCIS FRY HALL, as a permanent commemoration of the faithful ministry of a much-loved pastor.

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