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Frederick LeMaitre

Frederick LeMaitre

Born In: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Born: January 21st, 1921

Passed in: Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada
Passed on: August 5th, 2011

Fred was born to parents Robert and Bertha LeMaitre in Edmonton Alberta on January 21, 1921, the third of five children. Growing up during the Great Depression years, he quit school after grade 8 to help support his family. He became a jack-of-all trades and master of all. Fred held various jobs, learning many skills at lumber yards and hardware stores, where he became an accomplished carpenter and cabinet maker. His passion was working with wood and building things, and was very particular. When the kids where small, their camping days changed forever... Fred decided to build his own tent trailer... it was a wooden box, mustard yellow, with an old canvas tent attached to it. This gave all the other campers a giggle when they drove in... goodbye camping. Fred also worked at a photo store where he learned to develop pictures; an interest he kept all through his life. He loved photography and always had a darkroom in his house so he could develop his own pictures. When he turned 80, he bought his first computer and got into digital photography. He was amazed to be developing pictures without chemicals.
Fred was a veteran of World War II, serving with the No. 86 Royal Canadian Engineers. He had joined the army at the tender age of seventeen and one of his missions was in Normandy. When the war ended, he married Nina McCoy on December 6, 1947 in Edmonton. They raised a family of three children; David born in 1949; Ron came along in 1952; followed by Lois in 1956. Fred was a loving father who would do anything for his family.
Fred was working as a bar steward at the officers mess the Namao Airport when his family moved to Dawson Creek in 1962. He helped to open a second Sandy’s Shoe Store with his brother-in-law, Sandy Thompson. When the stores were sold, Fred was hired on at Finning Tractor as a maintenance man, working there until retiring at age sixty-five.
Fred and Nina started attending First Baptist Church in 1962 soon after they arrived in Dawson Creek from Edmonton. Always the more outgoing of the two, Nina became a member in 1963. Although he didn’t become a member until years later, Fred was truly committed to the church in practical ways. He utilized his carpentry skills to make the crown moldings for the hall, built the kitchen cabinets, and built the two rooms off the back hall during renovations of the 1980’s. At any time if a door needed repair, a furnace fan needed adjusting, Fred, in his quiet, unassuming ways, kept things running.
After retirement Fred and Nina continued a love of travelling, going across Canada, north to Alaska, twice the USA, Scotland, and to England to visit relatives he’d met during the war. They were also avid golfers and at age seventy-five Fred got a HOLE IN ONE. They joined the Vandal Watch and received an honorary plaque for over two hundred patrols. Fred and Nina were a very active and social couple who loved life.
When Nina became ill Fred, being a loving and devoted husband, decided to have a house built near Rotary manor where she was being cared for. However, Nina passed away in 2005 before the house was built. He carried on with his plans, moving into the new house a few years later. He mowed his own grass, did yard work, household chores and shoveled snow in the winter. Two years ago, he built and painted the backyard fence mostly by himself.
In his spare time, Fred loved to work on jigsaw puzzles, the more challenging, the better. He became an avid e-mailer with a large and active network of friends and relatives. He loved to play games, especially Scrabble online, often playing several matches at the same time. His e-mails were always interesting and entertaining, and he was able to keep up with the latest news of his contracts.
Fred went to Robin’s Donuts or Tim Horton’s every day to socialize with family and friends. He often laughed about winning free coffee for many years from a friends of his (a bank manger) by flipping a coin and saying: “Heads I win; tails you lose..”
Fred was such an honest, down to earth man very straight and independent. He was witty and loved telling jokes and making puns. His quirky, dry sense of humour will be missed. Fred was a real family man, well respected and loved.
Fred loved and missed his wife, Nina, dearly. He was on his way to visit her grave in Edmonton when God called him home. Rest in peace.
Beloved Husband to the late Nina LeMaitre • Loving father to David (Laverne) LeMatire, Ronald (Lynne) LeMaitre,
and Lois (Garth) Hall • Dear Grandfather to Jason (Wendy) LeMaitre, Jamie (Glenda) LeMaitre, Oran (Erin) Hall, Tyler Hall, Jennifer (Trent) Read and Kerry (Vivi) LeMaitre
Great Grandfather to: Levi LeMaitre, Dani LeMaitre, Johnathon Farrell, Kaylene Farrell, Mason Read, Kaia LeMaitre
and Quinn Hall
Brother to: Lesley Roy and Lanette LeMaitre




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