Francis Smits

19/02/1955 - 08/07/2021

SMITS, Franciscus Joseph (Frank)
19/2/1955 – 8/7/2021
Precious husband of Karen.
Loved and adored father and father-in-law of Kacey and David, Zachary and Sarah.
His courage, optimism and love of life inspired us all.

Frank’s memorial service will be held on Friday (Dec 3) at 11am at the East Geelong Uniting Church, 124 Boundary Road, East Geelong. Approved proof of vaccination will be required to attend Frank’s service.

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East Geelong Uniting Church
124 Boundary Road East Geelong
03/12/2021 @ 11:00
30 Aberdeen St Geelong West
Liz Hill
2021-07-09 05:24:49
My most sincere sympathy to our dear friends Zach and Sarah, to Karen and Kacey, and to Frank’s siblings. 50 years of memories of friendship, fun and laughter.
Lorry Steffinlongo
2021-07-10 03:24:28
Sending love to all the family. A beautiful, fun filled man has left the earth.😢 He will be missed by all.
Jenny and John Tiglias
2021-07-11 11:00:57
May the fellowship and love Frank generated continue to inspire us always
Halim Halim
2021-07-12 07:10:02
There are friends, there is family, and then there are friends that become family!
Lynton and Margaret Barmby
2021-07-13 08:32:15
Deepest sympathy to Karen Zac and kacey and family, we will miss you Frank, we couldn't of asked for a better neighbor,always there to lend a hand ,a true gentleman and friend always in our thoughts Love Margaret(Margie), Lynton and family
Annsofie o Colin Saville
2021-07-13 10:58:53
RIP mate you will always be in our memories
Shank Somers
2021-07-14 04:37:24
To the Smits, extended family and friends, Deepest condolences on the passing of Frank. We wish you courage, strength and an abundance of love during this difficult period. The Somers family.
Scott Melton
2021-07-15 00:07:00
Frank was a light and a magnet in every room and life he entered. He is very loved and will be sorely missed. Long distance hugs and love to our family, Karen, Zac and Sarah, Kacey and David.
Family Van der Doelen Nuland
2021-07-15 11:44:23
Our condolences
Jacky Law
2021-07-15 16:06:02
I still remember the time when Zach, Johnson and me work on our cars with Franks help! Franks was a magician with his tools and such a great teacher!
Ben and Evelin Corlett
2021-07-15 20:46:18
We've hardly met anyone with Frank's energy and positive aura. He will continue to inspire us and is sadly missed.
margaret Newman
2021-07-16 01:16:36
Thinking of you Karen and all the family. Reg and i have fond memories of Frank and you in Perth with us and chinese meals together. Stay strong Karen
Klaas-Jan Tielrooij
2021-07-21 19:42:27
On behalf of the Smits-related family in the Netherlands, I would like to express our deepest condolences to all family and friends of Frank… My mother, Ank Tielrooij-Den Dekker, daughter of a Smits, managed to get in contact with Frank several years ago after researching her family’s history, and despite the large physical distance, there was an immediate close connection. My father, Hans Tielrooij, has very fond memories of the trips of Frank and his family to the Netherlands, and an unforgettable trip he and my mother made to Australia, including a camping trip to the countryside home of a friend of Frank and Karen. Myself, I have great memories of the two visits of Frank and Karen to Barcelona, where – this is a general theme here – Frank helped out with his magic hands, in this case fixing an oil burner heating system for a 15th century “masia”… Thank you, Frank, for everything you did!
Carolyn Burns
2021-07-23 05:26:49
To the Smits family- our condolences to you all, especially to Karen and family. From Adrian , Carolyn and family. X🙏
Bryan Shannon
2021-07-24 08:51:00
A wonderful friend and workmate, Frankie...will miss you at Murphy’s...great memories. Condolences to Karen and family 🙏
Elaine Carter
2021-07-25 14:09:58
So glad I was able to spend four weeks with Karen and Frank last year whilst over from England. Frank was always cheerful and we so enjoyed out Timtams with our coffee May you now rest in peace and out of pain. God Bless with love and prayers to the family. 🙏🙏
Robert and Suzy Kleinert
2021-11-04 00:18:30
Our love and thoughts are with you all. Condolences from the extended Vander Weerden family. ♥️
Edward Musialkiewicz
2021-11-09 02:46:57
Frank was one of my closest friends for 6 years throughout high school at St. John's College. He was one of the happiest and most sociable people I have ever met. We never saw each other physically after 1972 but we stayed in touch. Frank was exceptional. He made high school tolerable/fun. he will remain in my memories forever. I miss you mate. Edward
Kid Svala
2021-11-09 12:40:24
I meet him in Sweden and enjoyed his presences and his humor. We where never close but we came to like each other. A great loss to me and to anyone else who knew him.
Chrysanne Ferguson
2021-11-17 18:33:53
Will be attending the funeral
Andrew Reed
2021-11-24 01:42:39
Always a smile,and always lent a helping hand... generous and top bloke. You will be sadly missed Frank. RIP Chop
Jenny and John Tiglias
2021-12-02 21:59:10
We will always remember the way Frank loved his family so much and was a beacon of courage to the world. His shone a beacon of light and goodness that inspired us! Frank’s positive nature and smile will always be remembered.
Margaret & Jon Hosford
2021-12-02 22:05:36
Frank was blessed with so many talents. If any were lacking ,he was quick to gain them and graciously share them with those he came in contact with. The email jokes he searched and shared daily were always a source of fun despite the mood of the day. His cheerful face and quirky sense of humour were priceless. We will miss Frank, but his beautiful personality will never fade in our memory. Love you Karen,Casey and Zac. We pray for your strength and know Frank has left a beautiful legacy in the family he shared.
In Loving Memory
Kevin and Nola Harbison
Claire & Phil Telfer
Riitta André
Anders Vach
Marianne Lager
Malin Ring
Pernilla & Thomas Birgersson
Peter Warren
Jenny and John Tiglias
Håkan & Anke Elvesund
Zanne Ferguson
Halim Halim
Bob& Liz Hearn
Matthew Holloway
Håkan and Carina
Paul and Madeleine Mitchell
Janine Francis (Parsons)
Ben and Evelin Corlett
Lynton and Margaret Barmby
Tony & Mariska
Annsofie o Colin Saville
Maria Klamas
Nga kok n Charlotte Tan
Maggie & Leif Östlund
Sophie, Danny, Xavier and Rory Maye
Mike Corlett
Paul and Louise Zajac
Jan and Syd Strauch
Jacky Law
Ben Hall
Hateley Family
Colin Searle
Karen Trewhella
Carolyn Burns
Anders Vach
Edward Musialkiewicz
Andreas Johansson
Brian Loel
Laura Otte
Jenny and John Tiglias
Dan-Erik Bergström
Eva Bateman