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KLIPPERT, Frederick “Fred” Merton

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.

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  1. Lorraine and Laurence Johnson :

    We are holding you and the family in our prayers. God give you the peace and grace to get through the days ahead.

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  2. christine manion and bill brandon :

    Diane,
    We didn’t know Fred well, but I do remember one time you telling me about him seeing a young girl with 2 braids. He smiled and said to you “I used to braid my daughters hair like that” and the thought of this big guy braiding his little girls hair touched me so much I thought “Wow! What a gentle man he must be!” Bill and I are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts.

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  3. Bonnie Perras :

    I had the pleasure of knowing Fred when he worked with the Alberta Wheat Pool and it saddens me to hear of his loss. He was a wonderful man.

    Bonnie

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  4. Do not stand at my grave and weep,

    I am not there, I do not sleep.I am a thousand winds that blow;I am the diamond glints on the snow.I am the sunlight that ripened grain;I am the gentle autumn’s rain.When you awaken in the morning’s hush,I am the swift uplifting rush,Of quiet birds in circled flight.I am the soft star that shines at night.Do not stand at my grave and cry.I am not there; I did not die.

    I have always felt the touch of my lost loved ones, it is a deep comfort to me. They still inspire, and hold me strong. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

    God Bless,
    Tom Beal (Germiphene)

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  5. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family of Fred Klippert. Fred was a good and loving man and my late brother, Roy and I worked in the Traffic Department at one time and liked him a lot, also both of my late husbands knew Fred well and admired him at the Alberta Wheat Pool.

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  6. I want to offer my condolences to you and your family

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  7. Linda & Bruce Schroter :

    Diane,
    We are so sorry for your loss of your partner and friend. We are thinking of you with sympathy and sharing your sorrow. We would like to offer our deepest condolences to you and all the family.
    Bruce & Linda Schroter

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  8. Marilyn Thomas :

    I worked with Fred at Alberta Wheat Pool and want to offer my condolences to the family. Fred was a kind, easy and fun man to work with. A good guy and a sad loss.

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  9. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all your family during this hard time.

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  10. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family during this difficult time.

    Carrie Cox
    Germiphene

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  11. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved, Fred. Thank you for recently coming to Pam’s celebration of life in spite of the fact that you were going through a most difficult time.
    “Those we have laughed with, learned from, leaned on and loved most will live on in memory forever”.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sincerely Jean

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  12. Luiz Klippert :

    I am so sorry to hear of the Fred’s passing. During this hard time, all my thoughts are with you. In Name of the german-brazilian Branches of the Klippert Family, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to all the family.

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  13. Aviva Goodwin :

    To Krista and Roberts,
    So sorry to hear your dad Fred passed away. He was a lovely guy. I liked him a lot. He was kind, loving and had great sense of humor. I was good friends of your mom Bonnie. We used to work together in Eatons Department store I think it was 1976 Roberts was 14 years old Or even younger. Please contact me I would love to hear From you, Aviva

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