Good Morning Shirley,
Essondale [Now Riverview Hospital] is in Coquitlam British Columbia. I cannot access info on my old computer - for the correct reference - but if you contact the following - they will be able to help. Records have been transferred to the Provincial Archive - The hospital can give you reference #'s etc.Then Contact the Provincial Archive for the Hospital Records - excellent information.
2601 Lougheed Highway
Coquitlam, British Columbia
Tel (604) 524 7000
Fax(604) 524 7016
The following from the Provincial Archive of British Columbia Vital Events Index.-Deaths;http://search.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/sn-1F5DF54/gbsearch/Birth...
Name: Frank Hodson LAW
Event Date: 1940 8 19 (Yr/Mo/Day)
Event Place: Essondale
Reg. Number: 1940-09-575469
B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B13168
GSU Microfilm Number: 1953628
The filmed Death Registration can be viewed at the Provincial Archive in Victoria B.C., Some Public and University Libraries, The Latter Day Saints Family History Centres.
There are also Volunteers at the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness site:http://www.raogk.org/bcolumbia.htm
Any who offer Lookups of Public Record - can view, transcribe or copy the information found.
Some Volunteers also offer search for Obituary - others offer Cemetery Photo's.
Many of the Registrations - where the informant is an official of an institution - hold little personal information - although the information is possibly in their files. Most Registrations will show Place of Death. Name and Address. Date and Place of birth. Name and Address of Informant - Relationship to deceased. Time in Place of Death, Time inProvince, Time in Canada. Occupation. Marital Status. Spouse.
Date of Death. Burial or Cremation. Cause of Death.
Name and Address of Funeral Home. Name and Address of Cemetery. Name and Address of Physician.
An obituary would probably be pubished in the area where Frank Hodson Law had lived - had family - rather than in the Coquitlam area where he had been hospitalized.
Wishing you much luck with your search.