Fredrick Harry Mussell, respected Elder of Skwah First Nation, Chilliwack, BC
passed away at Abbotsford Regional Hospital on October 27, 2015 at the age of 75, surrounded by family & dear friends. Fred was born in Chilliwack,
BC on December 25, 1939; a Christmas baby who grew into a man of great strength and character who loved his family dearly. Like the generations before him, he excelled at everything he put his mind and body to; Boxing, Logging Sports, Tug-of-war, Lacrosse, Canoe Pulling, Hunting, Fishing, Horse Riding, Calf Roping and more. Fred, always a hard worker, was a fixture in the community; ever ready to lend his energy and support to help those around him in the place he loved. With that handsome smile, Fred was a born story teller who entertained generations with his tales of Sasquatch adventures, unexplained phenomenon and native lore.
Dad, like so many, loved the musical stylings of Johnny Cash and could always be encouraged to get up and sing a ballad or two at a night of Karaoke; one of the many favorite pastimes that he and Donna enjoyed together. If you heard just one of his many gripping stories, his amazing voice, or even just had his time and presence you were blessed! Fred leaves behind his children from his fi rst marriage with Amber Smith; Eldest son Fredrick Stanley Mussell Jr. and his children Merant, Sarah, Kerry, Amanda; Eldest Daughter Robin Elaine Mussell; Jay Kathleen Mussell (Mark Bitz) and their children Josh, Jessica & Brighton; Youngest Son Owen Jules Mussell and his daughter Kamille; their sister Aaren and her son Hunter; Three Great-Grandsons Aksel, Attila and William. Step-children Colleen Curbelho and her sons Octavio & Alexander, Donna Ross-Thengs (Collin) and her daughter Hanna; Sandra Vetterl and her daughters Stevie, Payton & Sharika; Survived by his loving brothers Bill (Marion), Jack (Cindy) and Wilbur Campbell. Many dear friends and extended family will also feel his loss. He was predeceased by his parents William ‘Bill’ Mussell & Genevieve (Micholuk); Brothers Roy; Richard ‘Dick’; Sister Sandra McEwan; His second Wife Donna Marie (Vetterl) and step-son Sean Quilty. A viewing will be held at Henderson’s Funeral Home (45901 Victoria Ave) on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Interment Sunday November 15, 2015 at 10:30 AM at the Skwah First Nation Cemetery (Wellington Ave & Ashwell Rd) with a Celebration of Life & Tea to follow at the Tzeachten Community Hall (45855 Promontory Rd). “We will all carry your love in our hearts”.