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CHILDS, Frederick Dean

December 1, 1925 – January 5, 2013

Fred Childs of Calgary died after a short illness on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the age of 87 years.

Born and raised in Bluegrove Texas. At age eighteen, Fred was drafted in to the 424th Regiment of the 106th Infantry Division of the United States Army. Upon returning from active duty in Europe he completed a Bachelors Degree in Geology at Midwestern University under the GI bill. In 1956 he moved to Canada to work in Alberta’s rapidly growing oil and gas industry, beginning a long and successful career in geology. It was here in Canada where he met his loving wife Colleen of 57 years. Fred never really retired and while managing residential properties, Fred was often seen raking leaves or shoveling snow well past his 80th birthday. He was an admirable man who will be greatly missed.

He will be dearly missed by his wife Colleen, his three kids Dean (Diane), Linda (Mark) Davis and Ted (Suzanne); his sisters Ruby-Lee, Naomi and Lottie, as well as nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. Fred was predeceased by his loving parents and his brother Frank.

A Memorial Service will be held at The Salvation Army, Glenmore Temple (921 – 68 Avenue S.W., Calgary) on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Fred Childs, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. My deepest condolences to the family and friends. I worked with Fred for a number of years at Pembina Resourses.

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  2. Susanne Lawrence :

    I am thinking of you this evening and offer my sincere condolences on the passing of your husband Fred.
    Take care Colleen I will see you on the trail.
    Susanne

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  3. Please accept my condolences. Fred was the Chief Geologist at Pembina Resources when he had hired me fresh out of school in 1984. Fred was like an uncle to me that I never had. Working in the industry all of these years, I still have fond memeries of Fred, wisdom and a mentor. I appreciate all that he had helped me with in my career and with his guidance.

    Myron.

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  4. My sincere condolences to Colleen and all of Fred’s extended family. Fred was always a truly fair, kind and caring person. Quick to share a laugh and a story, he showed me considerable patience as a tenant and his tenacity and dedication as a propety manager and land lord was exceptional.

    God bless,
    James Witney

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  5. Colleen Matthews :

    Dear Colleen and family:
    Please know that I am thinking of you and the family at this difficult time.
    I send my sincerest sympathy and prayers.

    Colleen Matthews

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  6. Bob Huculak/Sandy Keele :

    Dear Colleen and Family,

    Bob and I would like to offer our deepest sympathy in the loss of Fred. We will be thinking of you during this difficult time.

    Sincerely,
    Sandra Keele and Bob Huculak

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  7. SHARON & JIM TILBE :

    Dear Colleen and Family,

    We were saddened by your loss of Fred. Please except our sincere sympathy.

    We are thinking of you from our Arizona home.

    Sharon & Jim Tilbe

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  8. So sorry for your loss Colleen.

    It seems a long time since seeing you out with the M’n’Ms and hope you will be joining us again.

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  9. Heather misses you and wishes your great-grandson, Kenai, could have met you.

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  10. I was sorry to hear the news. I worked with Fred at Pembina many years ago and listened, with interest, to many of his stories from has experiences in Europe during WWII. He was a good man with a good heart and a great outlook on life. My sincere condolences for your loss.

    Les Burden

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  11. Carolann Russell :

    I was very shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Childs. Mrs. Childs I send my sincere condolences. I have been a friend of Linda my whole life. I didn’t get a chance to visit with Mr. Childs alot, but when I did stop by we did chat abit. Mr. Childs was always busy going to look after his rental houses. He really didn’t know how to slow down.
    I know he will be missed.
    Carolann (Slobodian) Russell

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  12. I want to send you and your family condolences on the loss of Fred. He owned some buildings near ours and we visited all the time for the last 20 years. Fred was a very hard working and kind man, I will miss him dearly.

    Debbie Ryder

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