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August 7, 1926 - May 26, 2024

In loving memory ~

Fred passed away peacefully in Kamloops on Sunday May 26 after a life well lived.

Fred was born on August 7, 1926 in Reedley California. Eldest son of Peter and Millie he grew up on their vineyard. After graduating from high school he joined the Navy in July 1944. In January 1945 he set sail on the newly commissioned USS Brookings , a navy transport and supply ship. Sailing initially to Hawaii and then on to many islands in the South Pacific and Indonesia, finally on to Japan and China. They returned home in 1946 transporting troops from the Pacific regions.

Fred married his "bride" Virginia in September 1951. Fred D., Roger and Lark were born over the next few years. In 1964 the family immigrated to Canada looking for new opportunities. They undertook farming ventures in 100 Mile House, Mcleese Lake, Armstrong and Ashcroft areas over the years. Fred spent most of his life involved with agriculture. Whether in the vineyard, raising crops, milking cows or operating a greenhouse he did it all, sharing his knowledge with his children, grandchildren and friends along the way. He also worked as a cement mason on many large construction projects to support the family. He volunteered as a leader in Air Cadets, 4-H, Future Farmers of America and was a member of the Toastmasters Club for 25 years. When he was in his early 50's he went to Toronto to train as a massage therapist. He obtained his RMT and ran his own practice for over 20 years following. During that time he volunteered his services at the Commonwealth and Canada Games.

In his senior years Fred would be busy with his garden all summer nurturing plants, fruit trees and building beautiful rock walls and pathways. In the winters he was at his easel every day painting. His paintings were all connected to his life experience on the land, each one numbered and with it's story.

Fred was predeceased by father Pete, mother Millie, brother Richard and son Fred D. He is lovingly remembered by his bride Virginia, sister Florence, son Roger (Sandra), daughter Lark (Rejean) six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren.

Special thanks to Fred's caregivers at Pinegrove and Kamloops Seniors Village who made his life comfortable for the past two years.

No funeral by request. Memories of Fred can be shared on the Tribute Wall on the Thompson Valley Funeral Home

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the CNIB or charity of your choice.

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