Passed away on April 26, 2020
We are sad to announce that our beloved Fred passed away one month short of his 99th birthday in Vernon on April 26, 2020. Fred was known by many as a joyful, active, caring man who loved his family and his country deeply. He was born in Saskatchewan in 1921, raised in the Great Depression and served overseas in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII. After his retirement from the Air Force, he worked for the aircraft industry as a Manager of Technical Writing. He was well respected for living his values in everything he did: always do your best, love each other and never give up. Fred enjoyed golfing, curling, bowling, travelling, going to the casino, being with family ...and winning at cards. He considered Vernon to be paradise on Earth and was delighted to move there with his beloved wife, Christina, in 1986. Sadly, Christina passed away in 2005.
Fred was amazed to find great love a second time when he met Norma Williams. They were married when he was 90 and she was 87.
Fred was predeceased by his parents, John and Beatrice; all five of his siblings; and his son Freddie who passed in 2008. Fred will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Norma Williams; daughters Darlene (Allan) Davies of Calgary and Lenore Dafoe of Edmonton; six grandchildren; Lynne Davies, Laurie (Graham) Warner, Jeff (Paula Doran) Davies, Christopher (Lynn) Dafoe, Jessica Dafoe and David Gordon; twelve great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren and numerous extended family members.
The family wishes to thank the Vernon General Hospital for their compassionate care and to the Vernon Funeral Home for their support during this difficult time.
Because of the pandemic, there will be no funeral. A Celebration of Fred Dafoe’s Life will be planned for family and friends in the future when it is possible to meet again. We encourage those who wish to do so to leave a memory of Fred below.
Arrangements entrusted with Vernon Funeral Home, Vernon, BC. 250-542-0155.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
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Murray & Flo Sharpe
May 7, 2020
Norma we are so sorry that Fred has passed away.
He was such a wonderful man. We enjoyed so much
visiting with him at the casino.
You have such wonderful memories that he has left behind
& this may help you through this difficult time.
Our deepest condolences to you & we will keep in touch
Murray & Flo
May 6, 2020
When asked what is your greatest gift, Dad replied, “ that I love my family and they love me”.
May those memories give you comfort.
Miss you Dad.
Alice and Alan Pallett
May 5, 2020
My husband and I met Fred through our long-time friend Darlene and over the years we shared many happy celebrations and visits. Fred embraced life the way he hugged whenever we met: with gusto, with love and conviction. I loved his gentle sense of humour and admired his pleasure at remaining active late into his life. How often did I hear “Fred is out bowling” until very recently! He was a special person who we will miss and remember.
Our heartfelt condolences to Norma, his extended family and friends.
Susan & Gary Neilly
May 5, 2020
We met Fred and Norma nearly 5 years ago. Although 20 years older than us he was way more active and we called him an ‘Energizer Bunny’. In the past year he amazed us all by combatting a broken leg, pneumonia and carrying groceries up 3 flights one day when the elevator had stopped working. Who does all that at 98? We enjoyed his company at coffee, and his tongue in cheek humour - in answer to the question what do YOU take to combat arthritis? He replied, oh I’m too young for that. We will miss him when social life resumes but we will each raise a cup to him.
Our condolences to Norma and the extended family.
Susan & Gary Neilly (neighbours).
May 4, 2020
Darlene, always, spoke highly of her dad, Fred. Fred came to life in Darlene’s stories and speeches. What an intriguing and wonderful man! He will keep on going through Darlene’s love and stories.
May 4, 2020
My Great Grandfather was an amazing man, whom we all looked up to and admired. He is greatly missed. I loved his gentle nature and funny jokes. We were so blessed to have been able to visit him last summer and introduce him to 2 of his great great grandchildren! This is a picture of him holding his Great great grandaughter, Ariella. She was enamoured with him.