Fred passed away peacefully at the Bradley Centre on Friday November 11th, 2005 at the age of 92. He was born in Aldershot, England and emigrated to Canada with his parents and younger brother Jack in 1922 at the age of 9. They arrived by ship in Montreal and crossed Canada by train to settle in Lloydminster, Alberta where his father purchased a farm. Fred later ran the farm on his own until 1936, and then went to work for the Canadian National Railway in Northern BC. When the 2nd World War started he joined the Canadian Army and was stationed in Little Mountain, BC and Petawawa, Ontario. He married his wife Ida in April, 1942. When he was discharged from the army, he moved to Prince Rupert (Ida’s home town) and worked at his brother-in-law’s marine electrical store (Love Electric).
Fred later purchased Love Electric and ran it successfully for 30 years until he retired and moved to Chilliwack in 1977. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Gyro Club, and a volunteer for the Community Policing Access Centre for many years. Fred was a wonderful neighbour and friend, always willing to give a helping hand. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Ida, Chilliwack; daughter Colleen (Jim Dewes) Walker, Port Perry, Ontario; son Russell (Joan) Hogan, Chilliwack; grandchildren Gerry Walker, Prince George, Michael Hogan, California, Lisa Hogan, Chilliwack and Sister-in-Law Ethel (Sam) Simpson, Qualicum Beach.
A Service to celebrate Fred’s life will be held on Wednesday, November 16th, 2005, at 1:30 pm at the Chapel of Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home, Chilliwack. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Elks Lodge, 46185 4th Avenue, Chilliwack, BC V2P 1N3.