Franciscus “Frank” Marinus Bruyns, 94, of Leesburg, FL, passed away September 15, 2016. He was born in Beverwijk, Holland to Marinus Franciscus and Geertruida Bruyns. Frank and his family moved to Canada when he was 3.
As a young man he entered the Canadian Air Force in 1942 and excelled to Lieutenant. As an officer in WWII he had completed numerous missions and proven himself to be an outstanding pilot and captain, flying over 30 fights at night into enemy territory and flew back safely from battles in Essen, Stettin, Bochum and Cologne. He was honorably discharged in 1945. He obtained many distinguished awards for his bravery, one being the “Flying Cross”.
After the war Frank returned to Canada where his first wife Marjorie Wert ran a dairy farm. Frank and family moved to Evans Mills N.Y. in 1960 and continued farming. After the death of Marjorie in 1983 Frank wed his second wife June Fletcher in 1985 and moved to Leesburg Fla.
Frank is Pre-ceded in death by his first wife, Marjorie Wert; Parents, Marinus Franciscus and Geetruida Bruyns; and sister, Mariana Wert.
He is survived by his wife, June M. Bruyns; sons, Bob of Ontario, Canada, Barry (Rose) of Watertown, New York and Fred (Mary) of Salem, Oregon; daughters, Faye “Carol” Babock of Alexandria Bay, NY, and Corrinne Watts of Brockville- Ontario, Canada; step children, Connie (Richard) Dack, Debbie (Terry) Side of Redwood, NY, Kathy Allen of Plessis, NY and Kelly Towles of Kissimmee, FL; 9 grandchildren, 9 step grandchildren,13 great grandchildren, and 2 step great grandchildren. Nephews, Rev. Peter Cazaly, Andrew (Patsy) Wert, and Frank (Doris) Wert, all of Canada; brothers in law Gerald (Sue) Fletcher of Henderson, NY, Richard (Sandy) of Lacona, NY; sister in law Nancy Fletcher of Oswego, NY. A burial of ashes will take place in Ellisburg, New York by Carpenter – Stoodley on October 15, 2016 at 11 am .In lieu of flowers please donate to the hospice of your choice.Services entrusted to Baldwin Brothers Cremation Society Tavares, Florida.