On Sunday, December 1, 2013, Fred, in his 96th year, joyfully went to be with his beloved wife, Ruth (nee Powell) (1997). Fred was admitted to SBG Health Centre, Walkerton on September 27 with pneumonia which lead to complications, all which took their toll.
Throughout this experience Fred’s sense of humour only strengthened. He was very proud to tell anyone who came to his room that he had three daughters, Barb (deceased), Sandra Bohdal and her husband Ron (deceased) of Essex and Debbie Baer and her husband John of Lake Rosalind. He always added…two teachers and a nurse! Fred was delighted to be the grandfather of Debbie Lynn O’Neil of Maidstone, Joe and David Bohdal of Essex, and Jenni-Rebecca Roberge of Cambridge. He talked often of his grandchildren and their families adding that he had 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. He was ‘Poppa’ to all of them!
Fred was predeceased by his parents Hannah and Harry Worthington, and two brothers, Tom and Harry of whom he spoke often with love and pride.
Fred made many friends during his lifetime. He enjoyed talking about his 37 years working for C.P.R. and was even happier to tell that he had been retired as long as he had been employed…his secret? Good friends, cold wine, and lots of conversation.
Fred will be missed by his many, many friends but his hope was to be remembered for his quick wit, his one liners and numerous birthday celebrations!!!
Fred lived happily at Maple Court Villa, Walkerton for the past two years. It was his ‘home’ and if his health had improved, he would have returned there with bells on!
Fred requested cremation and a private family service. He also wanted everyone to raise a toast to him during ‘Happy Hour’. Out of 24 hours in a day, Fred made sure to observe the happiest!!
Condolences for the family and donations to SickKids Hospital Foundation, Toronto may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street S. Waterloo at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.