Francis “Frank” Edgell

Francis Mark Edgell (Frank)

January 14, 1934 – February 22, 2020

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Francis Mark Edgell in his 87th year at his home in Chatham on February 22, 2020.  Frank will be deeply missed by his beloved wife of 62 years, Betty Jeanne (née Savage); their surviving children Dana, Carmen and husband Gary Shieck, and Jason and wife Erika Ness; daughter-in-law Ainslie Smith; their grandchildren Alexander, Aidan, Carter, Eileen, Kathryn, Matthew and Mallory, step-grandchild Andrew; and his many nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.  He is predeceased by his son Dean and his siblings John Edgell and Mary Czeck.

Born in Stettler, Alberta, the youngest son of Mark and Minnie Edgell, Frank attended public and high school in Calgary. In 1957, Frank received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta in Edmonton.  It was at university that he met his soul mate and life-time love B.J. Married in 1958, Frank and B.J. were incredibly blessed to have each other and gave each other the most exceptional love, care and respect.

After obtaining his P. Eng. designation, the couple moved to Ontario so that Frank could attend the University of Western Ontario and in 1960 he graduated with a Masters in Business Administration and joined Union Gas as a sales representative.  Over a distinguished 27 year career, Frank held a number of increasingly responsible management and executive positions, with postings in London, Windsor, Chatham and Toronto. At his retirement in 1987, he was Senior Vice President of the company. Frank’s many successes and the respect of his colleagues were achieved through hard-work, intelligence, honesty and patience, traits which he fostered in his children.

Frank shared his time and talents with many corporate and non-profit boards, including Precambrian Shield Resources, Numac Oil & Gas, Union Shield Resources, Burns Foods Limited, Canadian Gas Association, Chatham and Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and St. Joseph Hospital. He especially enjoyed his participation in the Senior Ontario Gas Associates.

Throughout his life, Frank was active golfing in summer and curling in the winter. He loved to camp, and our canoeing vacations were highlights of our family times together.  It was sailing that allowed him to transition from his busy career to retirement. The “Second Wind” carried him and B.J on many adventures in the Bahamas, Florida and Ontario. There was always something to fix on the boat or around the house and Frank put all his engineering and woodworking skills to good use.  He and B.J travelled extensively and visited 32 countries. Along the way, Frank created an extensive collection of antique tobacco and cigarette tins which are proudly displayed in his home office.

Frank led a full, wonderful life and we remain eternally thankful for having him and his steadfast love, loyalty and guidance in our lives.  We have made the difficult decision to cancel the previously scheduled Celebration of Life for Frank given our desire to protect the health and well being of friends and family. We are however very thankful for the support that has been shown by friends and family during this difficult time and the many kind words received in commemoration of Frank.  On-line condolences/remembrances may be left at

22 Comments on “Francis “Frank” Edgell”

  1. Although I have known Frank for many years at Union Gas, I got to really know him once he retired and I started curling with him at the Chatham Granite Club. It was a pleasure to know him on a more personal basis during these curling years. Will miss Frank at our Club.

  2. Frank was Bruce Johnson’s usher at our wedding in 1961. And we have remained in contact with one another BJ and Bruce met at U of A. Bruce died and I appreciated they reached me in Vancouver. Special love to the family and quilter BJ thank you for your friendship. Love Marjorie Johnson

  3. Betty Jean ….my condolences …. enjoyed seeing Frank with you at many Sept’58 reunions.
    May all your precious memories of time spent together be a comfort to you at this time.
    Also know that many thoughts are with you in your sorrow and as you celebrate Frank’s life.
    Marion Cameron.

  4. We are so pleased to have known you, in Ron’s case for more than 60 years…..our sincere condolences BJ and family members.

  5. BJ & family,
    Frank and I met your Frank at the Chatham Granite Club. He was a competitor and a gentleman on and off the ice. We will miss him and his black hat. Stay strong for each other.

  6. We wish to express our sincere condolences to you and your family. Frank was indeed a very special person, highly respected, highly regarded.

    Allan and I recall so many special visits we had with you and Frank….hearing about your travels and your family etc.

    Frank’s professional attainments are most admired…..and of course…..his dedication to the Sept.’58 U.A.H Nursing Class and all your classmates.

    Hope to see you in April or June.

    Keep Well….Keep Safe….Love and Hugs….

    Rosie and Al McKenzie

  7. BJ, we are honoured to have known and worked with Frank and yourself. A life to celebrate.

  8. BJ it was an honour getting to know Frank better recently in Toronto. My deepest thoughts of sympathy are with you and the family. You had such a wonderful life together. I plan to attend in April.

  9. We were saddened to hear of your loss of Frank, BJ. We have lots of fond memories of him. A true gentleman, and wonderful man.
    Thinking of you, and your family at this time.

  10. B.J. & family
    May your tender memories bring you strength, and the power of Frank’s love for you be the blessing that comforts, for real love never dies.
    With loving thoughts and heartfelt prayers. – Don & Dorothy Adams

  11. Dear B.J. and Family,

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences in this most difficult time in your life. It has been our privilege to know the Edgell family over a long period of time and have enjoyed their hospitality and friendship.

    Frank will be dearly missed by his family & friends, and we share their grief and hope the loving memories you have held in your hearts will bring peace and comfort in the days ahead.

    Thinking of you,
    Kunda, Madhuri, & Anjali Pratinidhi

  12. BJ and Family

    Sailing with Frank and you will always be among out precious and happy memories. We depended so much on Frank’s analysis of weather and conditions. “Perfect Frank will always be in our hearts.

  13. Dear B.J. and Family

    Deepest condolences to you and you family.
    I first met Frank back in the 1980’s through the ONGA Blue Flame Bonspiel. I had the pleasure of curling and golfing with Frank.
    He was better than I was in both sports.
    In 2008, I was invited to become a member of the Senior Ontario Gas Association where I got to know Frank much better. He was a first class gentleman that I admired for his humour, generosity and his kindness. I was honoured to have known him.

  14. Lola and I have known Frank (and B.J). for many years. We enjoyed their hospitality when we lived in Chatham and also the many visits we have had with them since moving to Toronto. Frank will be missed by us. B. J. we hope to see you again soon. Lola and Ron.

  15. Dana, Carmen, Jason and BJ, sorry to hear the passing of Frank. I really enjoyed your dad! George and Sue Burford + Family!

  16. Dear BJ, Carmen and the Edgell family,

    I am saddened to hear of Frank’s passing. Sending my deepest condolences to you all.

  17. Dear BJ and your family,
    The friendship with you began in 1968 with bridge games for you and I and fishing trips for Frank and Keith. Our travels together sailing and even when the sailboat did not arrive are dear memories for me. On your new journey, may your memories keep you warm when you need them and the road opening before you show you light ahead.
    Much love,

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