Passed on: October 27th, 2012
Christopher John Francis died Oct. 27, 2012. at the London Chest Hospital, following heart surgery.
He was born and raised in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, UK and studied at the University of Manchester. He emigrated to Canada in 1979 following his marriage to Paula Jane and attended the University of Toronto, graduating in 1984 with a Ph.D in chemistry.
Christopher had a lifelong passion for music, choral music in particular. He began as a chorister at the age of seven in his local church choir and continued to sing throughout his life in choirs such as the Bach Choir, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Halifax Camerata Singers and the Cape Breton Chorale.
Christopher was diagnosed with diabetes as a small child and struggled with the debilitating complications of the disease for many years.
His family would like to take this opportunity to thank the doctors and nurses who have been involved in his care over the past 20 years, especially Dr. Andrew Wawer, the VON nurses and the staff at the renal units of the Northside General and the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Despite his ill health, Chris faced the obstacles in his path with determination and never lost his sense of humour nor his zest for life.
He is survived by his wife, Paula Jane; his children, Michael (Amanda) and Emma; his sisters, Yvonne (Graham) Gore and Susan Grice and his brother, Paul Francis; nieces, Paula Louise Francis, Sophie and Carolyn Gore, Yasmin Francis and Amy Baxendale; nephews, Paul Vernon, Simon and Ben Francis, Devin Baxendale and great-niece, Elyssia Anderson.
He was predeceased by his parents, June and Harry Francis; his sister, Amanda and his nephew, William.
Cremation has already taken place. A memorial service in honour of Christopher’s life will take place Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Carman United Church, Sydney Mines.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or to the memorial fund of Carman United Church.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fillmoreandwhitman.com.