Francis, William John

FRANCIS, William John, entertainer, bon vivant (b 1881; d 16 Apr 1954, Vancouver). Known as "The Professor," he was an habitué of VANCOUVER's nightlife for 30 years. Around 1900 he ran a professional musical troupe in the East. He came to Vancouver in the 1920s and became well known in THEATRE and media circles as an affable eccentric who forced himself on visiting celebrities and into public performances. A gaunt, silver-haired figure, dressed in ragged clothes and looking like an unmade bed,...

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