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FREDRICK JOSEPH CLEVERLEY (published on July 07, 2010)



FREDRICK JOSEPH CLEVERLEY Peacefully, surrounded by love and family, Fred Cleverley passed away on Sunday, July 4, 2010. He was 83. Fred will be greatly missed by his family, wife Norma (Abel), to whom he was married for 63 years less one week, children Brenda Wedlake (Ross), Debbie Bevan (Brian), Bill (Hilary), Chris (Brenda), Cathryn Cleverley (Al Lidster), grandchildren Jeffrey Wedlake (Amanda), Heather Rempel (Al), Jennifer Bevan (Patrick Fortier), Lee Hurton (Jason), Chris Radley (Leah Ferris), Erin Smith (Paul), Tyler Radley, Kelby Cleverley, Connor Cleverley, great-grandchildren Caitlyn and Hannah Wedlake, Cole and Lily Rempel, Taylor Radley, sister Clarissa Malcolmson, and extended family members both in Canada and in Whitchurch, England. Fred studied aeronautical engineering at the Curtis Wright Technical Institute in California, but returned to enlist and served with the Canadian Infantry Corps. He was a proud member of the Fort Garry Horse (Reserve) where he attained the rank of major and was awarded the Canadian Decoration. In recent years he continued his military involvement as a member of the Ghost Squadron. His interest in flying never waned, and he was member of the Winnipeg Flying Club for many years. His working life began in his father's bakery in Minnedosa, but soon after the war he settled on what became his passion - journalism. He described himself as a news junkie . His career took him from the Kamsack Times, where he learned all parts of the business, to the Brandon Sun as the first photographer - reporter hired, to CKX - TV, CBC Toronto, the Winnipeg Free Press, CBC Winnipeg, and back to the Free Press where he was an editorial writer, columnist, and a member of the editorial board for 19 years. He wrote much about his favourite topics, the military and government, and won several awards for his work. However his family's favourite columns were the ones he wrote each Christmas after attending at least one of his nine grandchildren's school concerts. He was pleased to be asked just over a month ago to submit a column to the Free Press, and relished the challenge of once again working to a deadline. Grandpa created special things in his woodshop for each one of us. He and mom travelled to many parts of the world, but Hawaii was his favourite place. He loved Take Courage Cottage at Falcon Lake, and did his best to make sure that everyone he loved had a wonderful time there. He was proud of every member of his family, and was currently loving being Poppa to another generation. We will all miss him dearly. Thank you to Dr. D. Easton, Marianne and Christian from Concordia Hospital ICU for their care and compassion. A service of remembrance will be held on Friday, July 9, at 2:00 p.m. at Thomson In the Park Chapel, 129 McGillivray Blvd . The ashes will be laid to rest on Saturday, July 10 at 1:00 p.m. in Minnedosa, returning Dad home to where he was born. In lieu of flowers, please remember Fred by making a donation to the Canadian Diabetes Society, or to a charity of your choice. - 30 -


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