FREDRICK JOHN (FREDDY)
July 21, 1955 – May 28, 2010
Taken too soon, our beloved Fred passed away at the Campbell River Hospital after a short, courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in Cumberland and moved to Merville when he was two months old. He graduated from Vanier Senior Secondary School in Courtenay and then moved to Campbell River with his family. After studying accounting, he decided to start a small business and opened Pedal Your World in the new Ironwood Mall in 1977. He was always intrigued by bicycling and even after he suffered a concussion from a cycling accident in 1989, he made many long trips on his bicycle – the longest being a 20,000 km trip through 13 countries in 1993. He moved to Victoria in 1995 where he tried several jobs and completed his RCA certification before he settled into driving Pedi Cabs which he did for eleven years. At the onset of his illness, he was driving the airporter bus in Victoria and still enjoying his contact with people. Fred lived his life to the fullest and loved to travel and spend time with his family and friends.
He was predeceased by a sister, Julia in 1955 and his father, Albert in 1972. He left to mourn his mother, Ella Lancaster, a resident of New Horizons. His generosity and love will be missed by his sisters, Adele Cockriell, Helen (Ken) Folster, Bertha Jeffery and Dorothy (Mike) Konschak. Because he was not blessed with children of his own, he cherished his nieces and nephews – Connie Nugent, Steve Nugent, Wendy (Dwayne) Lotnick, Sally (Carl) Sheehan, Sonya Leith, Stan (Alecia) Folster, Fred Jeffery, Jason Jeffery, Sarah (Chris Hansen) Westhaver and Brandon Westhaver and ten great-nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his step-brother, Jim (Trina) Lancaster, by many friends and particularly by his special friend, Lynette King.
The family wishes to extend their thanks to the Palliative Care teams who assisted Lynette in Victoria and later, Helen and Ken in Campbell River with caring for Fred in their homes until his hospitalization. They also thank the staff on 3N at Campbell River Hospital for their compassionate care and convey a special thank you to his doctor and friend, Dr. R. Ralston.
A Celebration of LIfe will be held at the Church of the Way (451-7th Avenue, Campbell River) at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, 2010. At a later date, arranged by the family, he will be interred in the Courtenay cemetery with his father and sister.
I’ll wear your memory proudly,
My only brother…. my true friend,
May my love for you reach Heaven above
Until we meet again.