Reverend Frederick Hartle

Reverend Frederick Hartle B.E.M. (MIL)

Passed away peacefully on July 31, 2002 at Nanaimo Regional Hospital with his loving family by his side. Fred was born in Manchester, England on October 11, 1920.

As a small boy, Fred had a book in which he wrote his plans, it was entitled “Fred Hartle, the Very, Very Boss”. This theme followed Fred throughout his life. Fred served in the RAF during WWII. He was awarded the British Empire Medal by King George for his bravery for pulling fellow pilots from a burning plane.

Fred and Dorothea were married in 1944, son Phil was born in 1947 and daughter Ruth in 1958. He completed his degree in Engineering by night school at Cardiff University in Wales.

The family came to Canada in 1968 and settled in Port Moody, B.C., later moving to Princeton, B.C. In 1971, he accepted a position with MacMillan Bloedel in Chemainus, where he was valued for his entrepreneurial approach and willingness to take on new challenges; including environmental management of the old mill and assisting in designing the new mill to saw logs better. After retiring in 1982, Fred continued his life long passion for learning and leadership and was ordained as an Anglican minister, having ministries in Ladysmith, Cedar and Lake Cowichan.

Fred loved building, completing several homes and lovingly creating furniture for his children and grandchildren. He was a very active person. Fred could be found each morning playing tennis with his buddies. He dearly loved each of his grandchildren, Collette, Richard, Christopher, Caitlin and Kerys.

The family would like to thank the kind nurses at Ladysmith General Hospital and Nanaimo Regional Hospital Intensive Care Unit and especially his close friend and Doctor, Julian Lisinksi. Fred will rest in peace in his beloved Cold Knap, Wales; the place where he had courted his wife, loved to fish with his son, and walked the beach every Sunday morning with his daughter.

Memorial Mass will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church in Ladysmith on Wednesday, August 7, 2002 at 11 am. Reverend Victor Mann officiating.

In lieu of flowers, if you want to remember Fred, donations could be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Ladysmith General Hospital. Arrangements entrusted to Telford’s Mortuary.


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