Bless his heart, In all my years of crisis work in very dangerous, difficult and traumatizing situations it is easy for me to understand what happened to this dear heartfelt committed to service man. I have seen very similar situations many times, in my own field of Social Work, in Policing, and Healthcare. Good people traumatized while being of service to the Province and our Country.
Corporal’s Maliseet culture to be celebrated at his funeral
Fredericton Daily Gleaner
October 9, 2014
A funeral service will be held on Friday for RCMP Cpl. Ron Francis. The ceremony will focus on his native culture. In this file photo, he holds a medallion as well as native spiritual items. Francis had been battling post-traumatic stress disorder at the time of his sudden death.
Photo: Stephen MacGillivray/The Daily Gleaner Archive
Family and friends of 43-year-old RCMP Cpl. Ron Francis will gather for his memorial service Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on the city’s north side.
Interment will follow at Ste. Anne’s Catholic Church Cemetery at Kingsclear First Nation.
Francis died by suicide at his Kingsclear home last Monday. He had been struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.
At the request of his family, Francis and no other members of the RCMP will wear their dress red serge uniforms during the memorial service.
Francis’s deep connection to his spirituality and Maliseet culture will be honoured during his funeral service. A reception will be held at the Kingsclear Training Centre at 1 p.m.
Francis was the son of Robert and Pauline Francis. He’s remembered as a proud, loving and caring son, father, brother and friend.
He is survived by his parents, his companion, four children, a brother and a sister, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
His obituary describes him as compassionate and creative, as well as an avid hunter and outdoorsman who was respected by his co-workers.
Allan Polchies Jr., a third cousin to Francis and community planner and culture co-ordinator at St. Marys First Nation, described him as a role model to his children and to many members of his community.
Francis graduated from the RCMP on April 17, 1994, and served 22 years with the national police agency.
Carleton-York MLA Carl Urquhart said Francis was deeply proud of his policing career, adding he was dedicated to the RCMP, his community, family and friends.
The family requests that donations in his memory be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association for post-traumatic stress disorder.