It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Frances Marie Kuc.  She died peacefully in her home in Victoria with her husband and son by her side. Fran was a loving wife of 51 years and caring mother who raised two boys, Todd and Byron. She had a successful career in the health care field that spanned over thirty years, and she was an artist who expressed her creativity on canvas and in everything around her. In her early years, she and her husband, Stanley, enjoyed spending time together hosting elaborate dinner parties, while in their later years they traveled extensively. In the mid-2000’s, Fran fell victim to Alzheimer’s and her capability to participate in her passions diminished with each passing year. She was able to remain at home through the care of her husband and her son, Byron.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Fran was born in Montreal, QC, but grew up in Saint John, NB. She attended St. Joseph’s Hospital for Nursing and later she obtained a Nursing Administration Diploma from the University of Windsor in 1964. Fran’s ambition and creativity was reflected in her nursing career as she assumed many different roles including a nursing instructor as well as multiple administration roles in Ontario, Manitoba, and British Columbia.

In her retirement, she earned a Visual Arts Diploma from Camosun College to enhance her artistic skills.

Fran is survived by her husband of 51 years, Stan; her sons, Todd (Saundra) and Byron; her brother, Frank Halpin and grandchildren, Matthew and Jackson.

A special thanks to the caregivers from Beacon Community Services and Home Instead who made it possible for Fran to remain at home until the end.

A Celebration of Fran’s Life will be held in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive in Victoria, BC at 2 pm. on Friday, March 1, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC https://alzheimer.ca/en/Home

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens
www.mccallgardens.com

  • Jonathan Helm
    March 1, 2019

    Stan:

    Though I never of course met Fran, it was, ironically, because of her terrible progressive illness & your loving & unending devotion to & care for her that I became years ago & continue to be our Rotary Club’s Director of Youth Services, Vocational Services & Literacy which allowed the great resultant benefits to continue.

    My very deepest condolences to your family & you on your loss.

    Jonathan Helm

  • Marie Shady
    February 15, 2019

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss.Gary talks so much about all the good times, he shared with your family.Love and prayers to all.Dennis & Marie Shady

  • Alison Barbarie (HISC)
    February 11, 2019

    Please accept my condolences to you and your family as it really was a pleasure to get know Fran. As a caregiver we often wonder what our clients were like previous to getting sick. It is a real eye opener, we need to appreciate every day we have. Fran seems like a wonderful lady and will be sadly missed. Stan, Fran would be very proud of you for taking such amazing care of her. Take care!

  • gloria clark-trithart
    February 11, 2019

    My sincerest of condolences to you all. Stan and Fran were the best neighbours on Clifton St. Thus allowing my parents Bob and Shirley Clark the privilege of loving their two sons, Todd, and to Byron for Saturday morning tea, with Papa Clark. Fran was an exceptional women. From my family to yours hugs and prayers.

  • Sharon Mellin
    February 8, 2019

    I am so sorry to hear that your wife passed away, Stan. I don’t know if you’re religious at all, but in my heart I know she is in a better place. I just lost my sister in August last year so the feeling of grief is still fresh for me and I know it will be difficult for us all to adjust, but I know God is there to comfort. My Mom passed away from Alzheimers – very sad for family and friends to watch as the memory slips away. Take care of yourself and my condolences to your children as well.
    Love, Sharon

  • Diane Curtis
    February 7, 2019

    Dear Stan,Todd and Byron,

    I met Fran at Camosun College. During the art program I made friends with Fran and found her to be kindly and insightful and amusing when she wanted to be.I was impressed by her artistic abilities and her wit.
    I am very sorry for your loss and understand how you must feel. My ex-husband died from complications resulting from Alzheimer’s, 3 years ago. Prayers and love.

  • Shawn Langstaff
    February 4, 2019

    Stan, Todd and Byron,

    I am so sorry to learn of Fran’s passing. Although we have lost touch over the years I have thought of your family often. I was so very fortunate to have spent time with your family during my childhood and very much appreciated Fran’s kind and caring personality.

    Your family’s generosity impacted me greatly and i felt a great loss when you left for British Columbia. I would be lying if I told you that I didn’t get a tear in my eye and a lump in my throat as I read of Fran’s passing. She was a very special, person, as is your entire family. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

    Sincerely,

    Shawn Langstaff

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