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DARBY, Francis “Frank” Wood

October 3, 1926 — February 19, 2022

Husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a friend to many, Frank Darby passed away on February 19, 2022.

Born to the late Cornelius and Elizabeth Darby on October 3, 1926, Frank grew to become outgoing and charming. ‘Darby’ entertained many with stories of his adventures from every part of his life. In WWIl, at 18 yrs of age, he enlisted as a merchant marine and was the ship’s Radio Operator. He travelled to many exotic places and had a story for just about every place he went. Upon returning home, he bought a farm which he operated for several years and from these experiences more stories were created. The final chapter in the Work-Related story book was when he worked for Air Canada from ’67 to ’91 and true to form, more events were added to the ‘For Conversation’ memory chest to share with old/new friends. Then came the Golf story book, the fun-est book of all; ‘Darby’ continually challenged himself, whether it be trying to outscore his much younger golf buddies to playing golf in his 90th year – still walking the course!

He was an amazing man! He will be missed by many, but his stories will live on.

Left to remember him: Tricia and her children and grandchildren, and his mother-in-law, Peggy Clark. He is survived by his daughter Catharine (Jerry); grandchildren Ashleigh and Graham; and his six great-grandchildren; also, his nieces and nephews and his grandnephews and grandnieces: niece Mary Witmer (Paul), nephew David Darby (Terry), nephew Robert Darby (Helen), and all of their children.

As well as his parents, he was predeceased by his older brother Cornelius “Neil” Darby and sister-in-law Elizabeth.

Thoughts of you transcend time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice or the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul of Central Okanagan  or the Salvation Army.

A Memorial Service will be held FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2022, AT 2:00 PM (PST), AT SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC, with Gordon Fletcher officiating, a reception to follow.

If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2022, AT 2:00 PM (PST)

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for DARBY, Francis “Frank” Wood is scheduled for FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2022, AT 2:00 PM (PST). Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Ken Fraser says:

    My sincerest condolences to you, Tricia and your family.

  • Dave and Esther Fortunat says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Frank! Our hearts and prayers are with you.❣️

  • Emile Brokx says:

    We were sad to hear this news. Frank was a remarkable person with an inquisitive mind and a great sense of humour. We had a lot of good golf games together and at the coffee after we solved many of the world’s problems. Our thoughts go out to Tricia and family

  • Irene Webster says:

    I’m incredibly heart broken he has left this physical plane but I know we are always connected in love. He was one of my favourite people who was always selfless, caring and supportive. Blessings to his journey and all of ours!! ❤️

  • Grant & Vonda Sinclair says:

    Please accept our sincerest condolences. Frank was one of a kind and a wonderful friend. He will be surely missed by many. Sweet be thy sleep, Frank..

  • LARRY HOGAN says:

    Will always remember the fishing trip with the AC boys’Frank and I were paired up. Not alot of fish caught but ton’s of laughs. RIP old friend

  • Mike and Ellen Lewis says:

    Dear Tricia, Catharine and all of Frank’s grands and great-grands! Frank was a dear friend to us and a pillar of our neighbourhood. He was so well known, liked and admired. in Peachland He will be greatly missed by all. RIP Frank, we have many great memories of times spent together.

  • Judy Burnside says:

    I have so many memories of Uncle Frank ! He was so kind & fun to be around ! The world has lost such a bright light ! I loved him very much , Bless him & all who loved him ❤️

  • Greg and Debbie Brown says:

    I was so saddened to hear about Frank passing away. I have so many wonderful memories of both Frank and Iris. They were very special people in my life. Catherine was a dear friend and I am so grateful for all of them.. My heart goes out to the family and my friend Catherine, Jerry and their family. Sincerely Debbie and Greg Brown

  • Doug Karvonen says:

    I was so sad to hear of Frank’s passing. I am happy to have known a man like Frank. He had a wealth of experience and a natural curiosity about life that always made you listen when he spoke. Remarkably healthy and physically fit, he could still walk the course and recently played his age as a score, when he gave the game up about four years ago .

  • Lorna Green says:

    Frank will be sincerely missed by me and my dog Jasmine. He always had time for a talk or a story during my morning dog walks. I am very happy to have known him.

  • Audrey Watson says:

    So very sorry to hear of Franks passing, such a lovely man. My deepest sympathies to his family.

  • Terry and David Darby says:

    Uncle Frank will be so missed by our family. Over the years we enjoyed many trips to the west coast. Our boys were particularly impressed with Uncle Frank being the avid golfer well into his later years. He always welcomed us warmly and we especially enjoyed hearing about his life and the Darby routes. Such a kind, gentle man. This past November we flew out with the purpose of visiting Uncle Frank and are so thankful for the wonderful, always interesting visits. Our thoughts are with Trish, Catherine and family in the loss of such a wonderful person.

  • roger graham says:

    I went to the dictionary and looked up, VERY SPECIAL PERSON; it said FRANK DARBY ; R. I. P. My Friend

  • Linda Allnutt says:

    Frank was unique, a gentleman and fun to be around. An honour to know him. He will be truly missed.

  • Larry & Barb Krukowski A/C says:


    Thanks for many years we spent together at AC and our social outings over the years.
    Rest in Peace my friend !!!

  • Calvin Smith AC says:

    Saddened to hear of Frank’s passing. I am honored to have had the privilege of knowing and working with him.

  • Dave Coates says:

    We are saddened to hear of Frank’s passing he is a part of TCA/AC history, our condolences to his family.
    R omeo I ndia P apa .. old friend,
    Dave Coates Out

  • Chris & Leight Alkins AC says:

    Chris and I send our condolence to his family, Frank always had a kind word for one and all , Frank always had a calming presence around him. May he rest in peace!!!

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