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COLTON – Francis (Frank) Andrew

December 7, 1931 – September 26, 2010

Frank Colton, beloved husband of Penny of Calgary, passed away peacefully and unexpectedly after a short stay at the Rockyview General Hospital on Sunday, September 26, 2010 at the age of 78 years.

He was expecting to be back home shortly and attending the luncheons of the Petroleum History Society, Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, CSPG, APEGGA, and the Calgary Mineral Exploration Group.

His extended family of friends in the UK included the Twisk family of Marlborough, having been a Formula 2 race car mechanic in the late 50’s and early 60’s for Tulip Motor Racing, driven by Klaas (Jim) Twisk, and a truck driver for their flower shops on the Strand.

Frank served as a radar technician in the Royal Air Force in the early 50’s on air bases in the UK and in Egypt. His electronics training prepared him for later work on seismic crews (land and offshore) as a “seismic observer” for Petty Ray in Niger and Chad, as a seismic survey navigator or gravity operator for Western Geophysical, CGG, and GSI. He came to Canada in the 60’s and worked in Toronto, ON, and the Yukon, before he ran airborne EM surveys for Barringer and met Penny on survey crews in the NWT. After moving to Calgary, he worked for Seiscan Delta as a geophysical processor. He returned to offshore survey drill rig positioning for the Canmar and Beaudrill activities in the Beaufort, as well as other contracts in the North Sea, and offshore Africa. He served one year as president of the Prairie Schooner Branch of the Canadian Hydrographic Association and operated gravity surveys and rig positioning on ice sheets in the High Arctic, before he retired in approximately 1992 – after the Calgary based flotilla of seismic survey vessels and drill ships exited the Beaufort Sea and northern exploration.

Besides his loving wife Penny Colton, P.Geoph, Frank is survived by sister Jean Francis Leopard of Twickenham, UK; nephews, David and Mark Leopard also of the UK; and many cousins in the UK; and sister-in-law Sally Reesman (Izmeth) of Burnaby, BC. Frank was predeceased by his parents, Francis Ernest and Sarah Colton of the UK.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Frank Colton, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. With deepest condolences.
    Sincerely,
    Vic Panei

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  2. Penny . . . On behalf of the APEGGA Council and Staff, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to you at this time. There are many fond memories of Frank and he will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Kim

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  3. Penny, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family as we fondly remember Frank and honour his work. APEGGA’s Summit Awards Art Show will not be the same without his contributions.

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  4. Penny, I am so sorry for your loss. Frank was such an interesting, incredible person and he will be missed by any and all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
    Sincerely,
    Sharon Gray

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  5. Penny,

    Linda and I are so sorry to hear of Franks death. Frank was a very good man who will be well remembered. Our most sincere condolences to you at this time.

    Brian

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  6. Victoria Walker :

    Dear Penny and Family,

    My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family at this difficult time. I wish only the very best to your family and friends during this time – may the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead.

    Sincerely,
    Victoria Walker

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  7. Penny, I was sorry to hear about Frank’s passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts & prayers.
    Lynn Hagel

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  8. Susan O'Donnell :

    Both personally, and on behalf of the Calgary Mineral Exploration Group, I would like to express my sincere condolences. Frank will be greatly missed at our luncheon meetings and in our hearts.
    Susan O’Donnell

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  9. To: Penny Colton
    Penny, I am very sorry to learn of Frank’s passing. Unfortunately I cannot be with you today to express my condolences in person but I want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May the memories you hold dearly see you through the difficult times.

    Although I haven’t seen you both in a very long time I have often thought of you.
    Take care and I’ll be in touch again.

    Barb Wallace

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  10. David (Nephew) :

    I would like to express my sincere condolence at the loss of my dear Uncle Frank who will be missed. Penny, my thoughts are with you.

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  11. Sharon Paige & John Maruszeczka :

    Penny, we are sorry to hear of your loss. May you find solace in knowing his was a long life, well lived.

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  12. Dear Penny
    I was so sorry to hear of Frank’s passing, and the suddeness of it all. Reading the obituary, I was amazed at how accomplished and exciting his life story reads. I will always remember him as a quiet man who was very supportive of all that you did. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Take care!
    Julie Aitken

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