In Celebration of

Thomas Francis "Frank" O'Rourke

September 5, 1930 -  September 13, 2022

In Toronto on September 13, 2022 in his 93rd year. Born in Montreal. Moved to Toronto in 1972. Beloved husband of Gillian. Predeceased by his wife Dolores (O’Brien, 1992). Loving father of Jim (Pat), Dan (Linda), Susan (Dave McColl), Thomas, Carol Ann (Bob Boothby). Much loved Grandad of Laurie, Tom, Michael, Peter, Sean, Katie, Kevin, Candace, Patrick, Dylan, Jennifer, Christina, Lizzie, and Calvin. Great-Grandad of Keira, Connor, Hope, Gage, Seamus, Lochlan, Kaylyn, Melanie, Shane, and Sophia. Brother-in-law of Maureen Roberts (Tony), Audrey Wright, Theresa (Andy Anderson), Terry O’Brien and Florence O’Brien and predeceased by Martin, Jim, and Michael O’Brien. Step-father of Allyson Henley (Jonas) and Vanessa Henley (Don). Survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his siblings Edna, John, Brian, and Noreen.

Frank’s life revolved around his family and he spent many happy summers at the cottage and swimming and sailing in Georgian Bay. He delighted in our annual Father’s Day picnic and our family book club. He was an avid Raptors fan and a season ticket holder from Day 1. Frank believed in a life of service and volunteered with his parishes, the Society of St Vincent de Paul, the PTA, coaching sports, and the Golden Legends (Nortel Community Volunteers).

Gillian greatly enriched Frank’s life and they had twenty wonderful years together and enjoyed family gatherings, cross-Canada camping trips, cruises, bus trips with friends, dining out and going for afternoon coffee.

Frank had a long and rewarding career at Northern Electric/Nortel retiring in 1986. He subsequently taught Community College courses in Quality Engineering for many years.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2022 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Turner & Porter (Butler) 4933 Dundas St W, Etobicoke. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, September 30, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Nativity of Our Lord Church 480 Rathburn Rd. followed by interment at Assumption Cemetery. The family respectfully requests that all attendees wear masks.

Donations, in remembrance, may be made to St Vincent de Paul (Nativity of Our Lord Conference.)

You have finished your race, you have kept your faith. Your to-do list is done.


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Kathy Haugh (Nativity SSVP Member)

Entered September 16, 2022 from Toronto

Frank was so deeply loved by the Nativity of Our Lord Vincentians. A true gentleman and a great inspiration to all who encountered him. Among his many contributions to our Parish community and SSVP, Frank leaves a legacy of being the spark that instituted the Spiritual renewal within SSVP throughout the GTA. All your SSVP friends miss you Frank! Rest in peace.

Eric Manuk (Member/Colleague with St. Vincent de Paul)

Entered September 17, 2022 from Etobicoke, ON

I knew you in 2005, 17 years ago. Your dedication (not just your work) to help others in need or advice was your cornerstone to who you were. Your sense of wit and humor would be a way to break the ice in anything we did as Vincentians in our Society of St Vincent de Paul. My prayers go to Gillian and their extended family. As you did, "you finished the race". The work is done. Time for you rest with the Heavenly God.

Bernard Altimas (Nephew)

Entered September 17, 2022 from Lachine, QC

I offer my sincere condolences to Uncle Frank’s family. Although we didn’t see him very often after his move to Toronto I will. Always cherish fond memories of my dear Uncle Frank - May. He rest. In peace reunited with beloved mother.

Margaret Rider (Friend of Carol Ann and Bob)

Entered September 17, 2022 from Etobicoke

My condolences and prayers are with you. Carol Ann, you always spoke of your Dad with great admiration and love. You will always miss his physical being, but carry with you, his love and memories forever.

Barbara White (Friend)

Entered September 17, 2022 from Etobicoke

My sympathy goes out to you, Gillian, and the rest of the family. I got to know Frank though our Nortel Golden Legends Club. He was called on many times at our meetings to share his knowledge. He will be missed by many.

Barb White


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