Frank Glendon Pardy, 88, died Feb. 2, 2013, in the Curry Good Samaritan Center Nursing Home in Brookings, or, in the lingo of linemen, which Frank was for more than 40 years, "He's on the big job now."
Frank was born Aug. 10, 1924, in Somerville, Mass., the youngest of three sons of George W. Pardy and Sarah Grace (Burge) Pardy.
In 1942, upon graduation from Howe High School in Billerica, Mass., Frank enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and served in World War II aboard the USS Independence (CVL-22), which pioneered night carrier operations in blackout conditions. He was honorably discharged in 1946 as an Aviation Radio Man 1/C.
In 1952, Frank married Grace Wells of Bonavista, Newfoundland, and the couple drove the Alaska Highway to Fairbanks, Alaska, where they lived for 41 years. Frank worked as a power lineman and a cable splicer across the state, and on Alaska's Distant Early Warning (DEW line) sites.
Alaska was the perfect fit for Frank's sense of adventure. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who cherished spending time at George Lake. He also tended a magnificent backyard garden.
In 1993, Frank retired, and he and Grace moved to Brookings, where Frank kept gardening and fishing, and he and Grace pursued their passion for pinochle. Frank had a sharp mind and an often irreverent and ribald sense of humor. He was a great storyteller known for not letting the truth get in the way of a good story. Frank undertook writing his autobiography, "Time Well Wasted," finishing the final revision just two weeks before his health declined.
In early 2012, Frank and Grace moved into the Sea View Community Living, where on Dec. 12, 2012, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Frank was a 66-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and a 61-year member of Thomas Talbot Lodge AFandAM in Billerica. He took great pride in his Newfoundland heritage, his union membership, and in being a liberal Democrat.
Survivors include his wife Grace, of Harbor, three sons: Glen Pardy and his wife, Sue Steinacher, of Nome, Alaska, John Pardy and Jeff Pardy of Fairbanks, and two grandsons, Alden Pardy and Preston Pardy of Fairbanks.
Frank requested there not be a funeral, but that people would instead smile and raise a toast to his memory. Frank's remains will be cremated and some will be scattered at sea in Brookings by the U.S. Coast Guard, at George Lake, and in Newfoundland.
Submitted by the family.