William Francis

Obituary of William Owen Francis



February 28, 1933

March 20, 2020


Bill, eldest son of Owen and Grace Francis, passed away suddenly on Friday, March 20, 2020. He leaves his loving wife, Viivi; faithful son Michael; sisters-in-law, Marilyn of Toronto and Marilyn of Calgary; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Bill was predeceased by his brothers, Robert of Toronto and Barry of Calgary.


A graduate of Riverdale Collegiate and the University of Toronto, Bill was called to the Bar in 1960. He was a longtime partner of the legal firm Fraser, Beatty until his retirement. He will be missed by his many former colleagues with whom he regularly dined, and by his many close friends whom he has known since high school days.


Bill was a longtime member of the National Club and the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. He enjoyed many years at the family cottage on Lake Shebeshekong in the Parry Sound area and was a huge lover of both classical music and reading.


Cremation has taken place and condolences may be forwarded to www.humphreymiles.com. A Celebration of Life service will take place at a later date.