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Francesco “Frank” Longo

Francesco Longo was born on April 23rd, 1946, in Cleto, Italy to Michele and Chiara Longo. Frank was the youngest of four children.

Frank attended school and worked on the family farm from a young age up until immigrating to Canada. Pasquale, Frank’s older brother, came to Canada in 1957 to start a better life. Pasquale then sponsored Frank to come to Canada to start a job with the Canadian Pacific Railway. At the age of 16, Frank packed his suitcase and made his way to Canada by boat and arrived at the Halifax port on May 13th, 1963. From here he took a train to Edgewater, BC.

Frank worked for CP Rail up until his retirement. After retirement, Frank made his daily rounds into town from his home in Nicholson. He spent a lot of time with Pasquale and Maria at their home helping with the garden, yard work, snow removal, drinking coffee, and visiting with family and many friends. Some days he would be at 7-11 getting coffee and playing keno, other days you could find him at Reddi Mart or the Husky.

Frank was never married but family meant a lot to him. Frank made a few trips back to Italy to visit his mom, his sister Mafalda and her family but Canada became his forever home. Frank called home frequently to check on his sister Mafalda and her children.

Frank was always there to help make sausage, vino, and crushing and canning olives. Frank made a lot of friends throughout his life. He spent many hours at various places playing Keno and drinking pop. His niece Chiara would often go and sit with him at Omega. This is where she learned how to play Keno. He was a member of the Legion and spent many days there hanging out with friends and playing Keno.

Frank is predeceased by his parents, his sister Anna, brother Pasquale and niece Chiara. He is survived by his sister Mafalda, sister in-law Maria, nieces Lisa, Annarita, Antoinetta, Karmela, Tiana, Aria and Amy, nephews John Franco, Glen, Raylen, Francis, Caden, Michele and Joseph.

Frank is now reunited and resting peacefully with Pasquale and Chiara, and his niece Chiara, watching over our family. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit www.bowersfuneralservice.com.

He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. For now, “Bye, Bye.”