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CARRUTHERS – Fredric Harold

August 7, 1913 – March 16, 2011

Fredric Harold Carruthers passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family and caregivers on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the age of 97 years.

Fred was born in Lashburn, SK on August 7, 1913. On the family farm his interest in all things mechanical began. He attended University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. After graduating in 1937, he moved to Toronto to begin his career as a mechanical engineer. In 1938, he married Bernice Lockrey of Saskatoon, SK. They raised their family in Toronto, Stratford and Oak Ridges. In 1952, with his colleague Bruce Quan, he formed the company Quan Carruthers Consulting Engineers. The company soon expanded and became Quan Carruthers King and Quan. In 1977, Bernice and Fred moved to Calgary where Fred opened a branch of QCKQ. Gradually, Fred was affected by memory loss in his seventies and even though his dementia changed our lives forever, he maintained his generous loving spirit. It was a long goodbye. He was granted his wish to donate his body to the medical school at the University of Calgary.

Left to cherish his memory are his five children, Harrold (Greta) of St. Catharines, ON, David (Lorrice) of Sprucedale ON, Janice of Calgary, AB, Peggy (Jim) of Calgary, AB, and Glenn (Karen) of Rosthern, SK; thirteen grandchildren and many great and great great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Bernice in 1984 and his dear grandson Eric in 1997.

A Celebration of Fred’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, AB T6E 6K2 Telephone: 1 (888) 566 – 5864 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. The family would like to thank his faithful caregiver, Lovina Armstrong-Owens and the staff of Care West George Boyack for the many years of kind, gentle care.

In living memory of Fredric Carruthers, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Lorrin and Mary Mayes :

    Lorrin and I were sorry to hear about Fred’s passing and send our condolences to the Carruther’s family. Fred touched so many people in his life and his loss will be felt by all. We wanted to let you know that you have our deepest sympathy, and our hearts are truly saddened. We are sorry that we will not be there to participate in the celebration of Fred’s Life on Friday. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

    Lorrin and Mary Mayes

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  2. Fances Chapman :

    Dear Peggy & Jim
    I am sorry to learn of your father’s death Peggy, he will be missed by you as well as many others.

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  3. I was trying to reconnect with a former colleague which lead me to Fred Carruthers obituary. My very first full time job out of high school was a typist at Quan, Carruthers, King & Quan Consultants Ltd., 35 Oak Street in Rexdale, Ontario. The year was 1979 and I was 19 years old. I worked there for 7 years and I still remember Fred’s friendly face when he would pop in periodically to say hi. He was so friendly and cordial and lighted a room just by entering it. He was so genuine. My condolences to his family and friends.

    Leslie McCahery nee Lloyd

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  4. John Morrison :

    I too worked at Quan Carruthers King and Quan. I may have met Fred once or twice in my time there, as I was only in their office for two years before being loaned out to a client. The Quan Carruthers King and Quan days will always be fondly remembered. Sorry to hear of his passing. I know Bruce passed away long ago, David Quan a while ago but am not aware of Art King lately. Leslie, if you happen to see this get in touch. I remember you !!

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  5. Fred was one of the best I worked witj

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  6. Fred was the best person I have worked with

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  7. I too lost my dad in May of 2013, he worked for Quan Carruther’s King and Quan, in the 80’s I believe, he always talked about how great Mr Carrther’s was to him, and the rest of the Engineer’s, and staff, he was near retirement, and was hired to help with mail distribution and other jobs, thank you for those memories of happy days for my dad, his name was James(Jim Quinn). We had lost my mom in 1978.
    Regards Carol Quinn

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