OBITUARY

John Franklin Palen

1 December , 19223 February , 2019
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John Franklin Palen was born on December 1, 1922 and passed away on February 3, 2019.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, 15 February , 2019
  • Reception Friday, 15 February , 2019
REMEMBERING

John Franklin Palen

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David Thompson

15 February 2019

I met John when he was of the tender age of 94. He read a local newspaper article about my father, who was also pathfinder, and set out to contact me. He located my contact information and telephoned me at my office. He said he wanted me to visit him and that he wanted to give me a copy of letter. I then visited him at the Langley Lodge and our friendship developed from there. He would often telephone me about the latest news surrounding Bomber Command or about the efforts to restore another Lancaster to airworthy status. We exchanged books and pictures and newspaper articles and I looked forward to my visits with him so we could discuss the RCAF. He was a great source of information and inspiration for me. I found I could discuss things with him and he would answer those questions which I never got an opportunity to posed to my now deceased father and Lancaster pilot.

I will deeply miss the opportunity to just sit and talk to him. He was part of the greatest generation, the generation that defended liberty against the tyranny of the Third Reich. For that and many other things he earned my admiration and respect. I am glad he had a long and happy life and I grateful I had the opportunity to know him.

David R. Thompson, Langley, B.C.

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