Murdoch, Frank Thornton

January 10, 2017 - 9:19am Updated: January 10, 2017 - 3:33pm
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Kamloops, B.C.

October 20, 1934 - January 4, 2017

After a long and successful life, Frank died on January 4, 2017. Born October 20, 1934 at Clinton Ontario, son of George and Glenna Murdoch, and brother of Joy. Predeceased by his parents and sister, and survived by his wife of 59 years, Elizabeth, and their children Susan (Glenn Davies), Jane (Tim Miller), Sarah (Gordon Black), and Hugh (Rena). Frank will be remembered by his grandchildren Cameron and Darcy Black, and Allison and Risa Murdoch. 
Frank graduated from University of Western Ontario School of Medicine in London Ontario in 1959. He practiced family medicine in Hagersville, Ontario for two years prior to specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, after which he relocated to BC. Drawn by the trout-filled lakes, the family moved to Kamloops where he practiced medicine for 30 years, fishing in the summer and skiing in the winter. One of his great pleasures was virgin powder on New Year's Day. Retiring to Salmon Arm, Frank and Liz built their home on a hillside overlooking Salmon Arm and Shuswap Lake, where they enjoyed happy years with family and friends around them. Together they enjoyed membership in the Probus Club.
A beekeeper for many years, Frank happily shared his honey with friends, less happily with bears. He loved a duck pond in the prairies before the ice arrived, making Chinese food for Christmas Eve dinner - enough to feed the Red Army - music from classical to opera, to country, and reading in his study (which was really a library), with the fire going and his hunting dogs at his feet. He explored numerous hobbies with gusto, enjoying the process of learning new skills. Most of all, he loved his family and took great pleasure in his children's happiness and success. Frank championed the underdog, especially when the government was involved. He loved the outdoors, believed strongly in education, and enjoyed nothing better than a good story or prank shared among friends.
A memorial Service will take place on Saturday January 14, 2017 in the Schoening Funeral Chapel, 513 Seymour Street Kamloops.
Special thanks and appreciation to Drs. Bantock and Wong, and to the staff at Kamloops Seniors Village for their compassionate care. 
Donations to Alzeimer's Society or the charity of your choice.

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