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FREDERICK JAMES PRIEST (published on August 15, 2009)

FREDERICK JAMES PRIEST 1923 - 2009 It is with deep regret we announce the passing of Frederick Priest, on August 11, 2009 at the age of 86 years. Predeceased by his mother Emily Ann (nee Beeson), and his father Frederick. Fred was born July 12, 1923, in the municipality of Archie, MB. Fred leaves behind to mourn a family of dear friends. Fred had lasting memories of his youth in Meleb, Manitoba, and the one room schoolhouse where his mother taught. He graduated from St. Paul's College, and then studied to become a commercial artist. However, he developed a love for photography. His early days began by retouching, printing, and hand coloring photographs at Davidson Studios on Osborne St. In 1950, Fred joined Harold White studios, which later became Campbell Chipman photography. Fred continued his career at Campbell Chipman until health issues forced him to retire in 2006. Fred's artistic talents also included stained glass and oil painting. Fred had a passion for antiques. He was a lifetime member of the Manitoba Antique Association and was the editor of its newsletter for many years. You could always expect to see Fred at one of the association's many sales. Fred enjoyed gardening. The English garden at Assiniboine Park was one of his favourite spots. His balcony was his own personal English garden. From roses to tomatoes, to daisies, Fred grew it all. Fred had a special love for orchids. The spring Orchid show was always a must attend event. Fred's friends would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff at the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg for their warmth and compassionate care. Respecting Fred's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no formal service. Flowers are gratefully declined. However, donations can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society, or the Friends of the Conservatory. What you leave behind is not engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.


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