Fred passed away peacefully at the age of 93. He was pre deceased by Edie his beloved wife of 70 years. He is survived by his daughter Carol (Tom) and sons Doug (Colleen) Glen (Helen) grandchildren: Adam, Terra, Amy, Darren, Christine and great-grandchildren: Noah, Meghan, Ryan, Jayden and Luke who all lovingly cherish his memory.
Fred was born in Winnipeg. He and Edie met when he was 17 and it was love at first sight. They were married May 1, 1943 and he considered her to be his greatest inspiration throughout his life.
Fred was a WWII Veteran and enlisted in the RCAF in 1942; he served overseas with the rank of Flying Officer with “Snowy Owl Squadron 420”. His plane was shot down in March 1945 and he was a POW for 33 days. Although wounded, happily he returned home safely.
In 1945 Fred and Edie moved to Vancouver and Fred began his 29 year career as a Postal Officer. He later transferred to Kamloops and retired to Chase in 1977.
Fred and Edie shared many wonderful adventures and travels together. They shared a love of nature and the outdoors. Fred enjoyed fishing and perfected the art of fly tying. He loved canoeing and he and Edie paddled many of the rivers and lakes of BC, including the Bowron Lakes Chain. In the early days in Winnipeg they would take their canoe “Dinah “along with a gramophone and a brick of ice cream for a day of paddling. During those days they would spend time at Grande Beach where one of the highlights was dancing to the Big Bands.
Fred also enjoyed hunting, camping, oil painting, wine making and traveling; he especially liked Mexico for its culture and its people. He built the family cabin at Heffley Lake where we spent many wonderful times with family and friends. He also built bird houses for the Swallows in Chase and looked forward to their return each year. He had a real affinity for animals and although he didn’t have the opportunity to do it often enough, he loved horseback riding.
Dad’s greatest love was for his family and spending time with us. He made us all feel cherished. He was renowned for his wonderful warm, loving “bear hugs”. He taught us to always respect and love one another. Dad we love you so much and will miss you dearly. We take comfort in knowing you and Mum are together again.
Celebration of life will be held at their home for the family November 15 2014.
Arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, Kamloops, 250 374 – 1454