Francis John Edward Corbett
It is with great sadness that the family of Francis John Edward Corbett, loving husband of Edith (Greer) Corbett, announces his passing on Friday, November 08, 2019 at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born in Johnville, N.B. on September 13, 1936, he was the son of the late Francis and Bridget (Hall) Corbett.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters Kimberley (John Stephenson), Dawn (Joe Rathburn) and Barbara (David Mombourquette); his grandchildren, Marcus and Jennie (Jason Sauve) Stephenson, Kayla Rathburn, Alize and Meg Mombourquette along with chosen grandchildren, Nanalee Tait, Alexis and Katelyn Mombourquette; brothers, Alvin (Rita) of St. Stephen, Louis of Woodstock, Maurice of Fredericton; sister, Cecilia of Fredericton as well as many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Francis was predeceased by brothers, Joseph, Cecil and George Corbett; sister, Mary Hathaway (George Downing and Cecil Hathaway); sisters-in-law, Eveleen, Rita and June Corbett; nephew, Joseph Thomas Downing; great-niece, Eileen Corbett and great-nephew, Jacob Elliot.
Francis hailed from humble roots in Carleton County, N.B. and identified with his farming community of Johnville throughout his life. He was proud of his longstanding affiliation with St. Thomas University having been a student at St. Thomas College boarding school in Chatham, NB during the early 1950’s. A devout Roman Catholic, he regularly attended mass at St. Dunstan’s Church (Parish of St. Mary Magdalene) for over 60 years until his illness prevented him from doing so.
His early working years included serving as a cookie to numerous lumber camp cooks throughout N.B. which fostered his love of the N.B. wilderness and a lifetime of reading on the topic. Francis spent many years working in construction development and heavy machinery businesses including the Oromocto Development Commission, Rosser Sales and Equipment Ltd. and Capital Equipment Trading Ltd., which he owned and operated prior to retiring in 1989. He was known as a principled man with a strong work ethic and his years in business afforded him the opportunity to cultivate many enduring friendships.
Francis was a man who enjoyed life’s simple pleasures. An ideal day would include he and his beloved wife of nearly 60 years, Edith, spending time at their cottage on Lake George in the warm company of his family. He delighted in being with his grandchildren as they brought him much joy and pride throughout the years. Even in his last days, Francis maintained his sense of humour, sharp wit and lively storytelling abilities.
The family wishes to thank the many health professionals who supported Francis over the years including the doctors and staff of the Oncology Unit at the Saint John Regional Hospital, the ER Department and 4NW at the DECH as well as the Extramural caregivers who supported him in his home. They would also like to extend heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Carmen Stuart and her office staff for their many years of dedicated care and support to Francis and his family as they journeyed together through his illness.
Visitation will be at McAdam’s Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated by Father Bill Brennan at St. Dunstan’s Church, Regent Street, on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 12:05 pm. Francis had a special love of and appreciation for children and for people in need and as such his family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the IWK Children’s Hospital or to the Fredericton Food Bank.