November 12, 1942 – October 11, 2012
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother, father, husband, grandfather and uncle. Fred passed away surrounded by his loving family after a year-long struggle with cancer and went to be with his heavenly father in the early hours of Thursday, October 11, 2012.
He is survived by his beloved wife Diane; cherished children, Robert Klippert and Krista (Rob) Blucke; grandchildren, Jaymz, Kyla, Alysa and Lara; three sisters, Lois (Harold) Weidman, Ruth (John) Roberts and Susan (Dale) Harbidge; nieces and nephews, Dan (Natalie) Roberts, Jackie (Kurtis) Bain, Chris (Angelica) Roberts, Cori (Pete) West, Kimberley Weidman, Aaron (Kathryn) Harbidge and Alison Harbidge; and by his mother R. Alice Klippert; along with extended family and friends. He will be missed by all. He is predeceased by his father Frederick Clayton in 1995.
Fred was born in Calgary and spent his formative years in the Bridgeland district and attended school there until the family moved to Saskatoon in 1955 where he attended secondary school at Aiden Bowman High School. He left home at an early age to begin his life of travel, adventure and work which took him all across Canada and the United States. He began working for C.M. St P & P Railway in Duluth, Minnesota in the early 1960’s and in 1968, he returned to Canada where he began work with the Alberta Wheat Pool until his retirement as Senior Traffic Manager in May of 1999.
In their retirement, he and Diane enjoyed many impromptu and destination trips. Together they hosted many family functions in their home where Fred was the main planner and chef. He loved having family around and the joy and activity that brought along with it. Fred was a generous, kind and loving man who had so much love to give. He found his true love, Diane, and together they shared the last twenty-three years of his life.
Funeral Services will be held at Crescent Heights Baptist Church (1212 – 1st Street N.W.) on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family wishes to extend special thanks and gratitude to the generous care provided by so many in his last months, but specifically Dr. Marc Webster, Dr. Neil Hagen, Dr. Srini Chary, Dr. Harold Lau, nurses Nancy Moore, Patty Sinclair, and Renee Lee, pharmacists Dean England and Christopher Ralph and Home Care Nurse Carla Holt. A special thank you to the staff at the Southwood Hospice for the expert and compassionate care provided on an hourly and daily basis. Their care and compassion has been a blessing to our family in Fred’s final days and hours. Fred was a lifetime member of the Canadian Legion who has been very kind and generous to our family these past few months, accommodating many requests where they could. If friends so desire, donations may be made in lieu of flowers in Fred’s name to the Canadian Centennial Legion #285, 9202 Horton Road S.W. Calgary, AB T2V 2X4.
In living memory of Fred Klippert, 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences