Cdr. Francis James (Frank) Dayton, BASc’50
November 7, 1924 – May 22, 2013
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Frank Dayton, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, who passed on to higher service at the age of 88, surrounded by family at home in Victoria.
Frank was born in Portage‑la‑Prairie, MB, and educated at Edmonds Street School, Burnaby. During WWII, Frank was a pilot in the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. In 1949, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy as an Engineering Officer, and in 1952‑53 received specialized training in Marine Engineering at the Royal Navy Engineering College, Plymouth, UK. Frank served the Royal Canadian Navy as a Marine Engineer until he retired in 1975. Postings included HMCS Ontario (1950, 1953); HMCS Dockyard (1950); HMCS Magnificent (1951); HMS Thunderer (1952); HMCS Venture (1954); Royal Military College (1956); HMCS Skeena (1958); RCAF Staff College (1960); HMCS Stadacona (1961); HMCS Bonaventure (1964); Ship Repair Unit Halifax (1966); CF Fleet School Halifax (1970); and CFB Shearwater (1972). In 1975, Frank began teaching Marine Engineering Technology at Saint Laurence College of Technology in Cornwall, ON, until he retired for a second time, to Victoria in 1985.
He is predeceased by his parents and his brother and sister. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Edith; his daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Ann Bowler; his son, Rev. Bruce; five grandchildren: William, Victoria, Amanda, Caroline and Charlotte; and two nieces: Sharon Delany and Sue Edwards.