Frank Michael Walton

Michael, of Brights Grove, with family by his side, passed away peacefully June 5, 2021. Born in Gainsborough, UK he joined the British Royal Navy at an early age and travelled the world. He came to Canada by submarine, on a training mission, with his family in tow. Upon completion of the mission, they decided to make Canada home. His love of the water led him to work on many lake freighters, becoming Chief Engineer, subsequently operating both the Manitoulin and Pelee Island ferries as well as relief work for the Canadian Coast Guard. He finally retired at the age of 81 with the respect and admiration of many. 

In 2006 he repurchased and imported his 1949 Triumph Roadster which he restored to its original condition and colour. It was his pride and joy. He didn’t just drive it on Sundays, but drove it rain or shine. As a member of the British Car Club, he won the Harry Buist award, not for the intended longest distance, but because he drove it the most. 

Our Dad could fix anything, build anything and make an incredible chocolate chip cookie. We will miss his quick wit, big smile, wealth of knowledge and generosity. For the last two and half years he terribly missed his wife Aline and leaves behind, with the fondest of memories, his children Michelle, Lisa (Paul), Aline, Miles (Heidi), his grandsons, Joshua, Grant, Brock, Luke and his Sister Patricia and nieces, Sally and Clare. Daddy, Pa, Poppa, wherever you are we hope you have an endless supply of Smarties.


5 Comments on “Frank Michael Walton”

  1. I was very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He remains one the most interesting and talented people I have known.

    Mike and I worked for a few seasons together aboard the CCGS Dumit. Mike being the Chief, and me ( about 50 years his junior) his underling.

    I learned a lot from Mike and he pushed me to write higher engineering tickets. He mailed me his Marine Engineering books and even put me up in Sarnia while I wrote my 3rd Class.

    He was truly one of a kind and a friend I spoke of often and proudly.

    My sincerest condolences to his family.

    Steve Hopkin

  2. Lisa and Beaner, life is a gift. Our family and friends are all gifts to be savored. Although some days maybe full of hardship and sadness, each breath, heartbeat, and thought illustrates the beautiful gift of life. Keep the positive memories alive and be thankful for the blessings in your past, present, and future. I’m so very sorry to hear that your dad has passed away. What a terrible shock that must have been for you all. I have already reached out to Michelle and the Boys, but I wanted you to know that you’re in my thoughts.

  3. Micheal just wasn’t your ordinary human being. He was more. So much more. If you wonder what I m talking about, as goes the old proverb: “you kinda had to be there”. Maybe I can’t put my finger on it, but you know really good people when you’re in their presence. In those moments we find ourselves enveloped in a sense of peace that at all other times evades us. I honestly cannot say that I knew him well enough to be writing these thoughts. But isn’t that just another testament to Michael’s gift? It was evident to all.

    I gather that he was in his mid-80s, but for a man like him, he was snatched away from us way too soon. Michael: my God, man, we’re going to miss you. Deepest condolences to a most extraordinary family, on behalf of the Bluewater British British Car Club.

  4. To Mike’s family, we are saddened to learn of your dad’s passing. I first met Mike in the summer of 2000 when I joined him on the Manitoulin Island ferry. I found him to be a well experienced and kind hearted shipmate. He always had time to explain the ins and outs of the power plant and machinery (along with some pretty good stories of his experiences). Mike and Aline welcomed my wife and I to life in Owen Sound back then and it is still our home today. I’m sure Mike will be missed by all who were lucky enough to call him a friend.

  5. I sailed with Mike for 3 seasons on the CCGS Nahidik and to say that he left a lasting impression on me would be an understatement. He was one of the most talented engineers I’ve ever had the privilege of sailing with. I learned a lot from him during our time together and I felt there was nothing we couldn’t handle when Mike was onboard.
    His wit and dry sense of humor was endless and we had some good laughs together. Every time I think of the theme song to “All In The Family” I think of Mike whistling that tune as he slowly strolled along…slow and steady getting the job done.

    My condolences to his family, who he spoke of often. He was a great man.

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