75, of Ladysmith BC, passed away on November 24, 2011.
Fred was born on May 21, 1936, to Charles and Alice LaFleur in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan. His mother Alice died on June 24, 1937, and Fred was brought to Vancouver Island by his father and his sister Florence, along with her one-year-old son Claude. Fred remained on Vancouver Island for the majority of his life and maintained a special brotherly relationship with his nephew Claude.
As a child, Fred moved frequently and lived with different family members and in residential schools, and longed for a family of his own. He began working in logging camps “punking whistles on a jerk line” in 1951, but spent most of his career as a longshoreman and was a proud member of ILWU Local 508. In 1958, Fred married Patricia Brown and together they fulfilled his dream of having a family, with their three children Michael, Cindy, and Victoria. Fred thrived as a husband, father, and provider for his family. Fred was also very active in giving back to the community as a volunteer for youth sports. He was a classic car enthusiast and an avid sports fan. He also enjoyed the company of his pals playing billiards and crib.
Fred was Métis and was intensely proud of and interested in his heritage, and the history of Native people in Canada. He was a loving and caring family man who was thrilled to have grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and loved nothing more than when his family was together. During his recent hospital stays, he commented on how he’d love to see those “little punks,” his great grandkids.
Fred was predeceased by his mother Alice (June 24, 1937), father Charles (July 20, 1975), and siblings Florence, Rose, Florine, Carl, Raymond, Elie and Antoinette. Fred is survived by his wife Patricia; sister-in-law Laurie; siblings Auguste, Marie, twins Irene and Lorraine; nephew Claude; children Michael (Donna), Cindy (Scott), Vicky (Terry); grandchildren; Marni (Ron), Shane (Mandy), and Casey (Daniel); also great-grandchildren Caileen, Jesse, Hunter and Betty and many nieces and nephews. He will be deeply missed by all.
Special thanks to Dr. C. Igbinosa for her excellent care.
At Fred’s request, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to the Canadian Cancer Society or charity of your choice. Fred’s family would appreciate if you would spend a day with your loved ones, in his memory.