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Born in Port Aux Basques, Nfld., he was the son of Arthur and Nellie (Anderson) Francis, North Sydney. He was a hard worker and at the time of his death was employed with Polysteel Atlantic Ltd., Point Edward. A devout family man, he was a loving father and grandfather to his children and grandchildren. Besides his parents, he is survived by his loving wife Sonja (Bishop) Francis, his daughter Heather Francis (Josh Rahey), North Sydney, his son Arthur James Francis (Katie Sampson), North Sydney, also surviving is his grandmother Suzanna Anderson, North Sydney; his grandchildren Haley (Maggie Mae) and Nathan (Trooper) Rahey, Kyla (Sourpuss) Francis; his brothers Glen Francis, Japan and Derek (Carol Ann) Francis, North Sydney; his sister Sue Ann Bernon (Jason), Halifax; brothers-in-law Donald Bishop (Donna Grover), Sydney, Joseph (Linda) Bishop, Georges River, Billy Bishop, Toronto, John Bishop (Marge), Toronto and Christopher (Kim) Bishop, Toronto; sisters-in-law Shaunay Sibley, Toronto and Donna Bishop, Toronto, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one brother-in-law Michael Bishop. Visitation for Arthur will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Friday in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Funeral service to be held 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Church, North Sydney with Deacon Don McCullough officiating. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Sydney. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. Online condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Gerry's zest for life, contagious sense of humour and ready smile was an inspiration to all. He had a strength of spirit that brought joy to his life and will be his legacy. Gerry loved to garden, golf, fish and play horseshoes. He always had a project on the go and loved to go online and fly his planes with friends all over the world. Best of all, he loved to bring family and friends together and entertain them with his saxophone, piano and jokes.
Surviving is her only daughter Rhonda (Darryn) Sampson, North Sydney and her cherished granddaughters Logan, McKenzie and Jordan Sampson; her sister Kathleen McGowan, North Sydney and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Bill; her brothers William, Michael, Arthur and sisters Elizabeth Doucette and Marjorie Joudry. Visitation for Ruby will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Peasant St., North Sydney. Funeral Mass to be celebrated 10 a.m., Monday at St. Joseph Church with Rev. Jim Attwood officiating. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Sydney. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. Online condolences may be sent to email@example.com
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