Fred Leroy Sonmor
October 1, 1922 – September 18, 2020
SONMOR, Fred L. Fred was born October 1, 1922 to Gertrude (Hanna) and Nels Sonmor in Havre Montana. When Fred was a baby, Nels and Gertie followed family to Canada, settling in Loverna where he grew up as one of six brothers and sisters. He realized that farm life was not for him and joined the army, where he served for four and a half years. During his time in the army, he met and married his first wife, Lillian Hopkins. Together they raised three children: Fred Jr., Jack, and Lynn (Linda). During this time Fred never lost his drive to be successful. He sold sewing machines and cars, built a finance company, and manufactured travel trailers. In the 1970s, Fred met and married Gladys Eby, and they moved to Kelowna, B.C. where he spent time active in many churches in the areas. Fred and Gladys also spent many years as snowbirds in Arizona at Good Life Park where Fred could be found helping his neighbors with their computers, assisting with the park’s plays, and teaching line dancing. Despite his early years living in the depression, Fred had fond memories of his childhood which he captured in his poem Gophers and Cowboys. Writing was a passion of Fred’s, and he wrote many poems over the years. He also enjoyed line dancing, wood carving, and theology debates with his many spiritual friends. Fred is predeceased by his mother Gertrude, his father Nels, sisters Mildred, Mildred Gladys, and Shirley, brother Lyle, son Jack, and wife Gladys. Left to celebrate his life are his children Fred S. Sonmor (Brigitte), and Lynn Sonmor along with grandchildren Jonathan Sonmor, Cher Rampton, David Sonmor (Kendra), Kim Sonmor (O.J. Parisien), Mathew Sonmor (Jennifer), and Kayla Sonmor (Adam Gherasim), his sister Fern Sinclair, as well as fifteen great grandchildren and other family members. Arrangements entrusted to Valleyview Funeral Home, 250-765-3147.
- Fed S. Sonmor (Brigitte), Son
- Lynn Sonmor, Daughter
- Fern Sinclair, Sister
- Grandchildren: Jonathan Sonmor, Cher Rampton, David Sonmor (Kendra), Kim Sonmor (O.J. Parisien), Mathew Sonmor (Jennifer), Kayla Sonmor (Adam Gherasim). Fifteen great-grandchildren.
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Saturday, October 3, 2020
Fred Leroy Sonmor
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October 3, 2020
Grampa was great.
as kids I remember going to his place in kelowna with the pool.
I very specifically remember the sign that said "welcome to our ool, notice there is no P in it. please keep it that way"
he would say that there was some dye in the water which would turn it red if you peed in it. I quickly discovered that was a lie.
I remember his office downstairs with a big desk against the wall had a sense of nobility, or mystery maybe. you just knew it was not a place where kids should be. it was sort of an honor to be allowed to walk through there.
I remember gramma made pepermint chocolate cake whenever we came over. and the nicknacks. good lord, there were alot of nichnacks. Im surprised we never broke any of them as kids. when they moved to the old folks town houses me and maf, as 30 year olds, broke our first gramma/grampa nicknack wrestling infront of their front door. it was some frog or something. they didnt mind. I get a kick out of the fact that 2 30 year olds were effectively more destructive then 2 children. after kendra moved in with me, the first time she met grampa was one morning before or after church when grampa came over, sort of barged into the house asking where I was. kendra had no idea who he was, and I was still asleep. it was funny. Im glad the kids (our kids) were able to see grampa before he passed and when he still had his wits about him. maybe not fiona. but willem and matilda both got to see him when he was still fairly with it.
and now, my parents, (fred leroys son) have a pool. and my kids are going over every summer for a swim.
theres no "ool" sign. and Im not sure if they have tried the old "if you pee in the pool it will turn the water red" line on the kids yet. but Im sure they have, and Im sure the kids have silently tested that statement.
it is sad to see grampa go, but its also kind of beautiful seeing how life ends up being one big circle.
hopefully when Im a grampa I too will have a pool, and I will buy an "ool" sign.
September 25, 2020
Fred was a member of my church for many years. Along with his wife Gladys, he became a great support and friend over the the 17 years of my ministry at Rutland United Church. Fred lived an amazing 97 years. He will be missed