Elgin Kay Francis – Virginia Beach
Elgin Kay Francis of Virginia Beach died February 28, 2011. He was born in Detroit, MI and grew up in Windsor, Ont., Canada. He was educated at Prince of Wales Public School, Sandwich High School, Assumption High School and 2 years at Assumption College. All of the afore mentioned are located in Windsor. He left Canada, gave up his dual citizenship, and moved to the US in 1950.
He served honorably for nine years in the US Navy, as an electronics technician. After leaving the service, he worked for 20 years in the Engineering Department at WTAR television station in Norfolk, VA. He finished his broadcast career with the Christian Broadcast Network in Virginia Beach, VA, as their senior Systems Engineer, retiring in 1991.
He was an avid motorcyclist and was for many years a member of The Gold Wing Road Riders and was one of the 5 founding members of the Honda Riders of Tidewater. Among some of his other interests were playing the Bass Fiddle, professionally, in his youth and he was an acknowledged “Jack of all trades”.
Mr. Francis was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy Francis and Lloyd “Curly”
Francis, both of whom lived most of their lives in Windsor, Ontario.
Survivors include his wife, Eileen Daugharty Francis, his son Mark and wife Cindy of Apex, NC, his son Matt of Virginia Beach, and by his only grandchild Laura Francis of Asheville, NC.
The Cremation Society of Virginia is making arrangements for Burial at Sea.
Friends are invited to join the family for a Memorial Wake at the Ship’s Cabin Restaurant, 4110 E. Oceanview Ave., in Norfolk, on Saturday, March 12th from 2:00 to 3:30 PM. Online condolences may be expressed at www.cremate.org