Farid Youssef Francis
December 25, 1940 – April 24, 2021
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Farid Youssef Francis, “Freddy” or “Fred” on April 24, 2021 at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Born to the late Youssef and Sadie Francis of Lebanon. Farid is predeceased by his brother Nadeem Francis. He is survived by his loving wife Chris (Adams), children Mimi Murray (Todd), Chico Francis (Amanda), Grandchildren; Marcus, Mariah, Freddie and Stefanie. Siblings George Francis (Josephine), Georgette Ghosn (the late Fouad), Nadia Ghosn (the late Boulos), Theresa Francis (the late Arthur), many loving nieces, nephews, and his great nieces and nephews. Born in Diman, Lebanon on December 25, 1940, Farid immigrated to Canada with his family in May of 1961. He arrived in Halifax as a young man and made a new life here. He worked numerous jobs in his career including as a taxi driver and took great pride in the fact that he knew every street in Halifax and could navigate to any town in the Maritimes. He later found his niche as a painter and was a great one! He was a very talented handyman and could fix almost anything. He would often spend hours in his garage working on projects for himself, friends and family. He especially loved tending to his garden and sharing the fruits of his labour with others. One of Fred’s passions was camping of which he enjoyed with many family members and friends over the years. Always keeping a watchful eye over his beloved campfire. He continued as an avid camper right up until last summer! He was of course a huge Toronto Maple Leaf fan, enjoying several trips to watch a live game. When he wasn’t traveling to a game, he enjoyed watching at home with family and friends. He enjoyed being a regular at his grandson’s hockey games. He was a longstanding honorary member of the Diman Association of Canada. He was a loyal participant and supporter at many DAC events and functions. His favorite of which, DAC’s infamous Cape Breton trips, where he was affectionately known as the “Sherriff”. Fred was a “rock” to many of his friends and family during his lifetime. He was kind, caring, selfless and humble. Always quick to lend a hand to anyone in need. His Family was Everything to him and he was the glue that kept his family together. His grandchildren, Marcus, Mariah, Freddie and Stefanie were the joys of his life. His current favorite phrase was “Thank God for Grandchildren”. Fred had a loving relationship with all of his family including his sisters, brother, nieces and nephews and their children. He had many friends in all walks of life. He will be deeply missed and Always in Our Hearts.
Due to Covid Restrictions, the funeral mass will be a private ceremony. A memorial mass will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the IWK Hospital or Our Lady of Lebanon Church.
The family wishes to thank the staff in emergency and on the 7th floor at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital.
This is not goodbye but “See You Soon” as he always said.
May He Rest In Peace
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Farid Youssef Francis
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May 5, 2021
Fred was a neighbor of mine and would always stop to have a chat. Many a times he would be working in his shop and when he would see me he would offer me a drink or a few clementines to take home. He was such a sweet man and I miss seeing him around. My condolences to his family and friends.
Sheena and Adam Barton/Carney
May 4, 2021
Fred was a person you genuinely were happy to see. His smile was infectious and his hugs were legendary.
We were fortunate enough to have had Fred in our lives and in our hearts.
He made you feel like a million bucks when he saw you and, for whatever reason, your day always got better after even a minute in his presence.
He was kind and loving and extremely selfless.
Our world was a better place because Fred was in it. Thank you for just being you. We will definitely miss you.
Sheena and Adam
We know how much he loved his family and we are so sorry for your loss.
May 1, 2021
Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of "Fred". He was one of the most personable people it was our honor to have known. Every time we met Fred and Chris through the years no matter how seldom , it was like we had only seen him yesterday. The same smile and feeling of genuine comradeship that made you feel welcome and at ease.
A truly caring individual who made an impression on all of us privileged to share time with him. Deepest sympathy to Chis, Mimi , Todd, and all the family. John & Florence
May 1, 2021
Dear Chris, Mimi and Todd, Chico and Amanda, grandchildren and family.
What a lovely man and a dear friend. I will miss him greatly and treasure the fact that I was so lucky to meet him and be invited into his large circle of family and friends. He would always offer his help and advice and I'll miss the cries of "Hi buddy, where have you been ?" while being swept into a bear hug. So wonderful to have been part of the many family and social gatherings with Chris and Fred over the years. Going to dearly miss you buddy.
May 1, 2021
My deepest condolences on the death of my friend and client Fred ....I'm shocked beyond belief right now what a lovely.man ...may he rest in peace ...Moe the Barber Montani ...
April 30, 2021
Condolence to all Freddie's family, enjoyed Fred as a paint customer in my years I worked at PPG. I remember him telling me his story of immigrating to Canada, it was an amazing story.
Daphne and Kevin Stephen
April 29, 2021
Chris, Mimi, Chico & Family,
Our sincerest sympathies are with you during this difficult time.
Like so many, we loved Fred. He was a wonderful person full of goodness and strength. He will be sorely missed. Our hearts go out to you & if there is any at all that we can do, we are here for you.
April 28, 2021
Mimi, Todd, Marcus, Mariah and the entire Francis family ,
So deeply saddened to hear your loss of Fred. We remember meeting Fred the first time , ( camping in PEI ) we felt we knew him all our lives. Very kind and pleasant man . You could tell his family was his greatest joy. Please know that we are thinking of you all and hold those wonderful memories close to help comfort you . Hugs to all, 💕your friends Prena, Bruce and Cameron
April 28, 2021
Words cannot express the sadness we feel over the loss of such a beloved man. He embraced our family as his. He treated Jake as if he was an extended grandchild, and certainly made me feel like “one of his favourites”. He always greeted us with such joy and warmth in his heart. We are so lucky to have met such a kind soul, and we will forever remember Fred with sincere respect and love. Our deepest condolences to Mimi, Todd, Marcus, Mariah, Chico, Amanda, Freddie, Stefani, and Chrissy. ❤️ Love Gary, Shauna and Jake