November 16, 1936 – July 21, 2021
Frederick Bartlett, aged 84, passed away peacefully at home on July 21, 2021 in Chilliwack, BC, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Daisy and their children, Patricia (Curtis), Rick (Denise), Gregory (Diana), Katrina (Warren); stepdaughters Charlene (Geoff), Sara (Wayne), Dorothy (Chad); 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by stepsons, Trevor and Robert.
Fred was born November 16, 1936 to Fredrick Bartlett Sr and Patricia Evelyn Houston in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was the eldest of four sons (Richard, David, Harold), and times were tough following the Great Depression. Much like his father, Fred was dedicated to hard work and he contributed greatly to supporting the family during those difficult years.
Fred joined the Canadian Army in March 1954 and served with the Royal Canadian Engineers for 14 years, attaining the Senior NCO rank of Sergeant. He was posted in parts of Europe and throughout Canada, including some frigid duty at Alert on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian High Arctic.
During his travels, one particular region caught his attention – the beautiful Chilliwack Valley in British Columbia. Upon release from active service, Fred signed on as a civilian employee with the Department of National Defense, CFB Chilliwack as a Graphic Artist. He was a very talented artist, leaving his creative mark throughout the Fraser Valley in the form of unique signage for his many clients.
Fred enjoyed the natural beauty of BC, especially the ocean, lakes and rivers. He loved to be on the water and was a gifted fisherman – the fish were attracted to his hook like magnets. He was also a skilled carpenter and gardener, creating landscapes complete with large Koi ponds and unique plants and trees.
Life was not without challenges and Fred was moved to surrender his life to Christ, finding comfort and a renewed spiritual purpose. Shortly thereafter he met his life partner Daisy and they were married in Sept 1989. Together they purchased a home in Chilliwack and built a cottage on Savary Island, where many unforgettable family memories were created.
They were blessed to find a wonderful church family at Cross Connection Church and Fred was honored to serve many roles, including as a member of the Board. He had a passion for service, and inspired others with his humble faith, caring manner and quiet strength. He was slow to ask for help, but quick to offer it, generous and kind, with a great sense of humour.
He rarely found himself with idle time, always staying active in the garden, taking long walks, meeting friends for breakfast or coffee, providing extraordinary care for Daisy, and continuing his spiritual growth with God. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him – his legacy lives on in the many lives he touched.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to everyone for the many prayers,
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