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Frank Cyril Powell (1906-1956)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

February 2, 1956: "Mr. and Mrs. Frank Powell of the T & D staff in Whitehorse arrived at Mayo January 21 to assist in taking stock at the local branch. The Powells were residents of Mayo for several years when Frank was manager of the store here. They were able to renew old acquaintances and also got in a few games at the Mayo Curling Club. They returned on January 24."

The Whitehorse Star - Thursday, November 22, 1956

Headline: Popular Citizen Frank Powell Dies Suddenly, 1956

    Local people were shocked last week to hear of the sudden death of Frank Cyril Powell November 16. One of the best-liked members of the community. Mr. Powell was only 50 years old when he succumed to a heart attack. Besides his wife Violet and young son Bobby, he is survived by several brothers and sisters. One sister, Mrs. Ken Adair from Dawson Creek, came to Whitehorse to attend the funeral which was held Tuesday at the Presbyterian Church.

    Other members of the family are Dr. Edward C. Powell of Montreal, Archie and James, living in Regina, Mrs. R. Richards of Oxbow, Saskatchewan and Elsie Powell in Vancouver.

    Born in Newtown, Montgomshire, North Wales, Frank Powell came to Canada as a very young man. When the Second War broke out he joined the 8th Army Field Regiment and went overseas in December 1939. After the war he returned to Regina where he worked for a number of years for Sterling Shoes Stores.

    About eight years ago Frank and Violet Powell came north, and since then he worked for Taylor & Drury's store, most of the time in Whitehorse except for two years at Mayo. Beginning in the shoe department he progressed steadily upward until at the time of his death he was senior manager.

    Frank Powell was an ardent curling fan but joined few other organizations in town, preferring to spend more time with his family.

    His death occurred after a heart attack at the curling rink here as he was following his favourite pursuit.

    Pallbearers for Mr. Powell were Charlie Taylor, Earl Stephanson, Duncan McGeachy, Earl Waddington, Frank Stark and Al Olsen. Funeral arrangements were by William Morris.