Frederick CLEMPSON

CLEMPSON; Frederick (Fred). August 18, 1917 – September 2, 2014. It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Frederick (Fred) Clempson on September 2, 2014 at the age of 97, with his son Alan at his side. Fred was predeceased by his beloved wife of 70 years Martha in 2013, daughter Suzanne (Radyk) in 2012, son in law Norman in 2009, and eldest son Freddie in 2008. Frederick was born in Bolehall, Warwick, UK on August 18th, 1917. His family was in the paper industry. He worked a freighter between Portsmouth England & Calais France. He spent a lot of time in Blackpool England with his buddies and joined the cadets in Lichfield, England before the war broke out, which led to him serving in the British Army. Frederick came to Canada in 1941 and met the love of his life Martha Demers; they married in Quebec on October 24th, 1942. They moved several times with the Canadian Forces between Quebec and BC, as well as a few years in Ontario and Germany. They settled in Chilliwack in 1968 after retiring as S/SGT of the RCE (Royal Canadian Engineers). Fred managed the Occupational Workshop and he had a Plumbing Business, where he worked on the Harrison Hotel’s new section. He also worked for Lockheed Shipbuilding in Seattle as well as a Pulp mill in Prince George. Lastly, he worked in Corrections at Kent Institution until he fully retired. Fred was a longtime member of the Mt Cheam Lions Club of Chilliwack and spent many years with the lions, as well as holding several positions including district governor. He and Martha traveled to many conventions throughout Canada and the USA. Fred was a proud and devoted Lion for over 40 years. Fred is survived by his remaining eight children: Frances, Alan. Douglas, David, Stephen, Ronald (Kathy), Kenneth (Candace), Louise (Tracey) and son in law Joe; eleven grandchildren: Bill (Melinda), Bevin (Reza), Coby (Alanna), Brandon (Nikki), Dessa (Tyler), Sheldon, Chantel, Paul, Nicole, Brooke and Haylee; ten great grandchildren, Arianne, Alexis, Avianna, Madalyn, Jack, Aryo, Myla, Layla, Spencer and Asher. Fred loved to travel in his motorhome and made many long trips with Martha and son Alan. They also loved camping with family taking their grandchildren on many camping adventures. Fred was an amazing husband, father, grandfather–also known to many as Papa and great grandfather. He will be truly missed and had a long and full adventurous life. The family would like to thank the many amazing nurses and care aids along the way that truly made a difference in his last months with us: avid from the 5th floor path unit, Rebecca, Fatima, Nav and Marina at Cascade lodge. They always took extra time to make our dad well looked after. Our only wish is that Fraser Health allowed more staff to give more time to patients that really need the extra care. Extra special thank you to an amazing lady Lynn who made Fred’s time during his residence at Crystal Ridge manor by always making him smile and laugh. You are one in a million and only wish there were more like you to go around. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Dementia and Alzheimer Society or to the charity ofyour choice. Another option is to attempt to create a better awareness of volunteers needed for the elderly at care facilities or to increase staffing throughout Fraser Health to take better care of our very precious seniors. A memorial service will be held for Fred on Sunday September 21st at 2 PM at the Mt. Cheam Lions Club Hall, 45580 Spadina Ave, Chilliwack, BC. Woodlawn Mission Funeral Home 7386 Horne St., Mission BC, V2V 3Y7. Phone: 604-826-9548