WELBOURN, Frank Alexander

WELBOURN, Frank Alexander~June 21, 1928 - May 23, 2011~It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of Frank (Sandy) Welbourn. Loving father to Margot (Maggie). Sandy passed away peacefully after a brief battle with cancer. Predeceased by his loving wife Mary, he is also survived by son-in-law Stan Sauerwein, grandchildren Amy, Brock and Carson and sisters Nora Dietlein (Saltspring) and Patricia Lorsch (Boston). Sandy grew up on the family farm near Edmonton and excelled academically, graduating from high school several years early. He started his working life at a local branch of the Bank of Montreal before seeking a variety of new challenges including doing books for a gas station, owning a hardware store and dabbling in insurance, all before the age of 21. With that real world experience, he joined fledgling Pacific Western Airlines as a bookkeeper and soon assumed management duty for the airline in Whitehorse, YT. He met the love of his life, Mary Hamm, in Whitehorse and the couple married in Edmonton in 1955. A year later, daughter Margot was born and accepting another transfer, Sandy moved his young family first to Vancouver and then to Tsawwassen. During his years with aviation, he served in numerous industry capacities including a stint as President of the Abbotsford Air Show. When Canadian Pacific Airlines purchased PWA in 1987, Sandy transferred to Calgary as a senior vice-president and completed his 30-year career in the airline industry the following year. Among Sandy's proudest accomplishments was his transformation of an overgrown acreage in Trochu, Alberta. Sandy discovered the 10-acre property was home to a wide variety of exotic trees. He and Mary lovingly restored the site and sold it to the Town of Trochu after several years of hard work in order to create the Trochu Arboretum as a legacy to future generations. Upon moving to Westbank in 1990, Sandy generously volunteered his time, assisting many groups including the Friends of Fintry and the Central Okanagan Heritage Society. Sandy started each day asking himself:  "Who am I becoming today?" He shared his generous spirit with his friends and family and particularly cherished the relationships nurtured with the people he worked alongside as a volunteer. Sandy faced his end with dignity and courage, never complaining. In lieu of flowers, the family requests the consideration of donations in Sandy's name to the Central Okanagan Heritage Society, 1060 Cameron Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8V3 or Trochu Arboretum Society, Box 340, Trochu, AB T0M 2C0. Date and time of a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later time. Messages of Condolence may be sent to the family through www.hansonsfuneral.com  Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to HANSONS ARBOR WESTWOOD FUNERAL CHAPEL.