Victor Edward Froese was born January 22, 1932 in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. Died peacefully January 14, 2004 with family and friends at his side at Markham-Stouffvilie Hospital after a battle with cancer.
Vic is deeply missed by his wife of 36 years, Carol (nee Taylor), son, David and daughter-in-law Zena.
Vic was predeceased in 1994 by his parents, Cornelius Abram Froese and Katherine Froese (nee Reimer). Beloved son-in-law to the late Dallas and Ruth Taylor (nee Townley). Devoted and influential eldest brother of sisters Irene, Betty and Jenny, and of brothers Hugo, Rudy, David, Robert, Allen, and Dr. Fred Froese. Loving brother-in-law to Joan and Ignazio Natoli, Dr. Nick Thiessen, Lee Froese, Wily Froese, Major (Ret.) Gary Gast and Jack Derksen.
Vic is remembered as an eternal optimist. A charismatic, selfless gentleman, Vic loved golfing with his wife, travel, nature and was a devoted collector of First Nations art. Vic’s fondest memories include salmon fishing beneath soaring eagles on Vancouver Island. Favourite destinations included Jamaica, Bermuda, the United Kingdom, Portugal and Switzerland’s hiking trails. But, like his mother and father who fled persecution in 1920’s Ukraine, Vic never forgot for a moment that it was a cherished privilege to be a citizen of Canada.
Vic attended Chilliwack High School, where he ran track, played on the basketball team and became an army cadet NCO, all the while working full-time on the family’s two dairy farms. Retired as an Assistant General Manager, CIBC,1991 after a 41-year career. Served as audit staff supervisor in British Columbia and California, branch manager at Ocho-Rios, Jamaica, and Toronto’s City Hall, University-King, and Dundas-Victoria branches. Vic became a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers after courses with Queen’s University and attended the CIBC Staff College. Promoted to Area Superintendent 1981, and Assistant General Manager 1984.
Community activities included charity work with the Kinsmen club in British Columbia, the Progress Club of Toronto; volunteer at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Thornhill, Ontario. Campaign worker for the Progressive Conservative Party. Vic was a long-time supporter of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball club and loved watching English Premiership soccer matches.
The family wishes to thank the Palliative Care staff at Markham- Stouffville Hospital for their wonderful kindness and professionalism.
If desired, donations to Markham-Stouffville Hospital or the Salvation Army would be appreciated.