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FREDRICK EDWARD FOSTER  (published on October 24, 2009)



FREDRICK EDWARD FOSTER (FEARLESS) Born July 4, 1926, son of Claude and Lillian Foster, brother to Gus, Jim, Gwen and Ivy; husband to Marion; father to Stephen (Shirley) and Susan (Karel); grandfather to Jennie (Jamie), Tracey and Jason; Uncle Fred to many loving nieces and nephews. On October 17, 2009 at Grace Hospital, Fred passed from this life to be reunited with the love of his life, his wife of nearly 60 years, Marion, who passed on May 24, 2007. Fred was born and lived his entire life in Winnipeg. At a young age, February 1, 1943 to August 15, 1945, Fred served his country during the Second World War. Later, becoming a brick layer, where he made many friends which lasted a lifetime; they were like brothers. Fred was proud of his work and rightfully so. Many examples of his labour can be seen throughout St. James and southern Manitoba. So proud was Fred of the Brotherhood of Bricklayers that he was a union member for over 60 years. After his bricklaying career Fred tried his hand at the delivery service. He delivered everything from furniture for Simpson Sears, fish for the Neptune Fisheries, telephone books, flowers for King's Florists and parcels for Canada Post at Christmas time. It was after this when he chose the career in which he would be happiest. Self employed, doing odd jobs, no job too small or big, was never out of work and never had to advertise. He did not even have a business card. He did the work and Marion ran the books. What a great team, never rich and never lived beyond their means. These were happy years for them both. Fred continued working until the age of 65. He then became Fearless , the gardener, turning every space of his small backyard into a beautiful flower and vegetable garden. Fearless loved to curl and along with his brother Gus helped establish the Northern Curling League, where family and friends would curl Sunday mornings for many years. Fearless was a long time member of the Deer Lodge Curling Club and when he could not curl any longer he became a club house member, always there watching friends and his son and enjoying the company of all his curling buddies. Fearless was a very gifted and talented musician. He was a self taught piano player and we will especially miss his Christmas concerts. My Dad was a very special person. He was generous and honest with an easygoing demeanor and an unbelievable sense of humour (still waters run deep). Everyone who met him felt like they had known him for years. He will be sadly missed by everyone, especially family. He was my best friend. We can all take comfort knowing he is reunited with the love of his life Marion and they are together, free of pain and happy again. In keeping with Fred's wishes there will not be a formal funeral service. Fearless loved dogs and donations may be made in his memory to the Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB R3T 0R3 or to a charity of your choice. Special thanks to the Grace Hospital 3 North, Staff at RBC, Portage and Collegiate, Bryan Hodgson, Wayne Cheale, Gus Foster, Mike Foster, John Shaw, the Reimer family and Norm Brown. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life John 3:16 Cheers


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