July 31, 1925 – May 24, 2021
Frederick Deakin July 31, 1925 - May 24, 2021
It is with great sadness that our family shares the passing of Fred on May 24, 2021. Fred was born, grew up and did all his schooling in Calgary, Alberta. In May of 1943 he left school and joined the Navy. He was posted on the HMCS Trillium (Corvette) which took him from Halifax Nova Scotia to Londonderry, with one trip to Ireland on a convoy. He left the Navy in October 1945 and returned to Calgary where he worked at Dominion Bridge as a welder. Fred moved to BC July 1st 1951. Affectionately known as the Wandering Welder he worked in various sites throughout BC. He finally settled down as a Foreman Welder at Bel Aire Shipyards in 1962 and was there for the next 24 years until they shut down. He continued to work on and off until officially retiring in 1993 and even then he had a welding machine in his garage and did a variety of jobs for neighbors.
In 1963 he met Cathy; the love of his life. They were married on Dec. 27th 1967 and he took on the challenge of raising Sandra-Anne, a teenager from Cathy’s previous marriage with whom he developed a strong Father / Daughter bond. He was fondly called Gramps by his two grandchildren, Rhea and Orin; they adored him when young and looked up to him as adults. Later in life he was blessed with five great grandchildren and he enjoyed watching them grow and play in his yard.They loved their Gramps.
In 2016 he and Cathy moved from Surrey to Port Moody. He could often be found sitting on the bench in front of his building chatting to everyone who passed by. When he couldn’t get out to walk he went to the Gym. Thinking he should cook, he even learned how to use a crock pot!. In spite of the challenges of Covid, Fred was living independently until March of this year and moved into a care home in mid April. A quick decline in his health followed and he passed away Monday afternoon May 24th with his granddaughter Rhea at his side. He has now been reunited with his beloved Cathy.
Fred was predeceased by his wife Cathy (2017). Fred will be missed by his family: Daughter Sandy (Quentin), grandson Orin (Lisa) granddaughter Rhea (Leslie),great grandchildren Alex, Joshua, Ethan, Grace, Abby and cousin Joanie Longway (Clarence).
At his request there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Foundation are appreciated.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
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June 1, 2021
Dear Sandy and family,
Clarence and I were saddened to hear of Fred’s passing and sorry for your loss. The family times spent with Fred will leave you and family with many special memories. Fred was blessed to have family support and Rhea by his side to comfort him.
We were looking forward to visiting with Fred again once COVID restrictions were lifted, unfortunately that was not meant to be .
Our love and thoughts are with you at this most difficult time.
Joanie and Clarence
May 27, 2021
Thinking of you Sandy during this difficult time. Hold onto all of the wonderful memories you have of Fred ... and know that your Mom and Fred will be together again.
Sending lots of love and hugs your way,
Love Heather xo
May 27, 2021
Dear Sandy and family, we are sorry for your loss. I was glad to hear that Fred was not alone when he passed. Rhea holding Fred’s hand and listening to Dolly would have been very comforting. You are in our thoughts.
Brian and Wilma
Alana Vereczkey nee Sewell
May 26, 2021
I met Mr. D when I was a little girl. He was my Auntie Kay's boyfriend at the time. When they got married I started to call him Uncle Fred. He was always full of smiles and laughter when ever my family and I went to visit my Aunt and him. Auntie Kay and Uncle Fred brought me over a dog one day and I named him Little Fred. He was a gifted welder by trade and one Christmas he made a bar stool with a bright orange seat cushion on it for our family. My parents adored it for years. He was a great man and he joins my Auntie Kay in heaven now, along with the rest of our family. RIP Mr. D!! Love and kisses to you and everyone else in heaven. XXOOXX