Ney, Frank J.

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Ney, Frank J.

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1918-1992

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Frank J. Ney was born in London, England, on May 12, 1918. He served in the R.A.F. and R.C.A.F. as a pilot during World War II. Ney was a resident of Nanaimo from 1946 until his death in 1992. He was Mayor of Nanaimo from 1968-1984, and 1987-1990, and a Social Credit MLA for Nanaimo from 1969-1972. Ney formed the Great National Land and Investment Corporation in 1964, was involved in real estate (as President of Nanaimo Realty Ltd.), and promoted the economic development of Vancouver Island. He participated in many local and provincial associations. Ney was Chairman of the Nanaimo Centennial Committee (1967), responsible for organizing the inaugural Great Bathtub Race between Nanaimo and Vancouver. He was the first Chairman and Admiral of the Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society, established in 1968 to continue the bathtub race as an annual event. Ney was made Freeman of the City of Nanaimo in 1984. He died November 24, 1992.

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