With sad hearts, we announce the passing of W. Frederick (Fred) Waldie at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, BC on November 14 at the age of 84, following post surgical complications.
Fred is survived and lovingly remembered by Ann, his loving wife of 59 years, whom he married in Robson BC on December 29, 1955; also by his four daughters, Karen Waldie (Pat), Gail Sheasby (Bob), Gwen Brown (Trevor), Janet Newbery (John); his eight grandchildren (Corey, Sherrill, Tyler, Jesse, Tanis, Stephanie, Eric and Valerie); his three great-grandchildren (Nina, Hunter and Sage); his two sisters Dawn Waldie of Castlegar and Norma Jean Loveland (Cecil) of Spokane Washington, plus his numerous nieces and nephews. Fred is predeceased by parents Bill and Marjorie Waldie, sister Lillian Flynn and brother Keith Waldie.
Fred was born in Robson BC in 1931 and received his schooling in Robson and Trail, B.C. At the age of 16, he was granted admission to UBC to study, earning a degree in Forest Engineering in 1952. Fred began his career as a Professional Forester in Nakusp BC, with career moves taking him to positions in Terrace, North Vancouver, and Quesnel, BC. As a workingman, Fred also enjoyed an active life with family and friends. His many pastimes included badminton, skiing, gardening, curling, golfing, camping and card playing with friends.
In 1994 Fred and Ann retired to the community of Blind Bay, where they quickly made many new and lasting friendships. Swimming, golfing, curling, and travel, as well as entertaining their visiting family, kept their retirement life busy. In 2012, they chose to downsize and relocated to Salmon Arm where Fred continued to enjoy curling, golfing and caring for his wife Ann.
Fred is remembered as a devoted and loving husband and father. Those who knew him well will remember his motto – Keep It Simple.
A memorial service was held at 2:00 pm on November 19 at the Bowers Funeral Chapel. A reception followed the service allowing friends and family to continue sharing memories.
As Fred discouraged winter travel during his later years, the family plans to gather for a Celebration of Life in the spring of 2016.
**The family requests no flowers, and suggests those wishing make a donation to the charity of their choice. Condolences for the family can be offered online at the Bowers Funeral Service www.bowersfuneralservice.com