Frank Albert Darton
Frank Albert Darton - age 88, of Kentville, passed away on Monday, October 29, 2018, in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in London, Ontario, he was the son of the late Frank Graham Chalklen and Anne Mabel (Kidd) Darton. Frank was a career military man, retiring after 38 years of active duty. He was very proud of his service. He was a veteran of the Korean War and served as a member of the U.N. Peace Keeping Forces in both Cyprus and Egypt. Frank was a kind and gentle man. He was a wonderful husband and father. He loved to garden and any day you could find him outside puttering about and keeping busy amongst the plants. Crossword puzzles were his passion. In his younger years he loved a good game of golf or could be found at the local curling rink. His deceptively stern appearance became a running family joke, because for those who really knew him, Frank was a clown. His playful antics combined with the unrelenting sense of humour of his wife, Hazel, made for childhood memories filled with love and laughter. He kept trying to make us laugh right until the very end. Spending time with his family was very important to Frank. He always took on the most amazing projects for his children, building fantastical snow forts and backyard ice rinks year after year. Summers were spent piling into the car and going on what seemed like endless camping trips filled with fishing and bonfires. Trying to sum up the life of a man, his importance to and how he influenced those around him in a few short sentences is near impossible. His absence leaves us with a heart breaking void. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Hazel (O’Brien); daughter, Susan "Sue" Darton (Detlef Heiss), Wolfville; four grandchildren, Jennifer, Adam (Maryse), Brianna and Dayna; a great-grandson, Riley; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three sons, David Alan, Douglas Edward and Brian Andrew; a sister, Elizabeth Anne Falladown. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation or service, by request. Burial will take place at a later date. Donations in memory may be made to St. James Anglican Church, Kentville or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.