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McCall, Fred R., Major (Retired) O.M.M., C.D.

December 24, 1928 – March 26, 2013

Supported by his loving wife Dixie, his daughter Tracy, and granddaughter Shannon, our beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, AB.

Fred had many friends. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. Fred made many contributions to the communities he lived in by sitting on boards and committees including the Victorian Order of Nurses (Smiths Falls Branch). He served in the Canadian Forces, first as a cadet, then in the RCA (1RCHA) as a gunner until his retirement in 1976. He was a veteran of the Korean War. Fred was an expert in air defence. He was honoured by the Governor General of Canada in 1976 with an Order of Military Merit. At retirement he established a technical writing business near Ottawa with his wife Dixie that they ran together until they moved home to Calgary in 1990. Fred was passionately interested in building aircraft. He built a full-sized replica of his father’s Curtiss “Jenny” or JN4 aircraft that now is part of the Mavericks display in the Glenbow Museum. He also built a full-scale display helicopter for the Whyte Museum in Banff.

Fred is survived by his wife Dixie, daughter Tracy Fewster, son-in-law, John Fewster, and granddaughters Shannon and Sarah Fewster. Fred was predeceased by his father, Squadron Leader Frederick R. G. McCall, his mother, Genevieve McCall, and his sister, Geraldine V. McCall.

A Celebration of Fred’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W. Calgary, AB), on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Aerospace Museum of Calgary, 4629 McCall Way NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 8A5 Telephone: (403) 250-3752, www.asmac.ab.ca, or to The Military Museums of Calgary, 4520 Crowchild Trail SW, Calgary, AB, T2T 5J4,Telephone: (403) 974-2850, www.themilitarymuseums.ca/donate, or to the Glenbow Museum, 130, 9th Avenue S.E. Calgary, Alberta T2G 0P3, Telephone: (403) 268-4100, or to the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, 111 Bear Street Banff, AB T1L 1A3, Telephone (403) 762-2791 Ext 300, www.whyte.org, or to the Salvation Army, 420 – 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0R9 Telephone: (403) 410-1111, www.salvationarmy.org.

In living memory of Fred McCall, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Pam Dickinson :

    So sorry for your family’s loss, Tracy. You always spoke highly of your father and I know he had such a positive impact on your life. May he rest in peace and be flying every plane he ever wished to pilot up in the skies. Lots of love.
    Pam

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  2. Elaine and Murray :

    Dixie and family,
    We are deeply sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. It is such a shock. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him, as he was a great man. Our sincere sympathies go to you and your family and our prayers are with you.

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  3. Hello, Dixie – I am very sorry to hear of Fred’s sudden passing. The news was passed to me by David and Rose Scollard. I will always have fond memories of our meals together at the Scollards’, well punctuated by Fred’s great sense of humour! My best wishes to you.
    Bob Cameron

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  4. LCol(Ret'd) Jerry Donahue :

    Dixie and Family,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy for you and the family on the passing of Fred. He was a great friend to many of us in the Gunner family and always seemed to be doing something for his friends, the community and charitable organizations. He will be missed by all of us. God Bless.
    Our love to you from Jerry, Catherine and Marg

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  5. Bob and Wendy Murphy :

    So very sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Love Bob and Wendy

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  6. Professor Roger Thompson, KST. MA, FRSA :

    Fred McCall was my great uncle, and we corresponded for several years. I teach in a Korean university, so I was pleased to know that he was a Korean War veteran. Only a few months ago he wrote to me that he was in very good health, so his passing is quite a shock. My condolences to Dixie.
    Roger

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  7. lynn and Bob Gustum :

    Bob and I are both saddened by the passing of Fred, our horseshoe partner and Friend. God bless you and your family Dixie at this time and always!
    Lynn and Bob Gustum

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  8. To Dear Dixie and Tracy and the McCall Family Sylvia send our heartfelt condolences. I had the great pleasure of having Fred McCall as a leader and mentor during our instructional time at the Artillery School in Shilo Manitoba. He was a superb Gunner Officer of that many Officers will attest. His skills and knowledge provided many Artillery junior officers with the outstanding leadership they found necessary to progress in their careers. Fred was one of a kind, and we will miss him. Harry and Sylvia Rice

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  9. Heather McQuay-Curts :

    Our deepest sympathies to your family. Fred certainly made his mark on this earth with his energy, kindness and joyous laugh. I treasure the moments we spent with your family. All our love and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
    Heather and Brian

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  10. Sharon Yandon :

    The world is a little bit sadder and a little bit poorer this week. Fred was a remarkable man and I’m glad I have so many treasured memories.

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  11. Barbara Smith Vollman :

    Dearest Dixie and family,
    As a teenager I remember military couples gathered in our living room in Brandon prior to driving to Shilo for formal functions. It was exciting to see beautiful women in their evening gowns and handsome men in their formal red uniforms. I particularly remember you and Fred – beautiful gown with your gorgeous white hair and Fred, tall and dark, against the red uniform. You made a dashing couple. My parents, Ty and Mary Smith spoke of you often over the years. Dad has taken up a new military post in Heaven and I suspect that he and Fred are already planning some new manoeuvres together! Heartfelt condolences.

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  12. David and Rose Scollard :

    We were very sorry to hear of Fred McCall’s death. He was such a vital and energetic man with wonderful stories and so many abilities. We worked with him closely on the publication of the biography of his father, the famous First World War ace Freddie McCall, and were always impressed by his knowledge and competence, and by his insistence on high standards both from himself and from everyone he worked with. He was a marvellously entertaining companion, and our friends who met him always looked forward to meeting him a second time. He was a positive force in the world and we will miss him very much.

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  13. Steven and Shirley Ogle :

    Dear Dixie and Tracy, I am so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. Fred was a great friend and mentor to so many, he will be missed by all.

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  14. Doug & Jackie Olive :

    Aunt Dixie,
    We were shocked to hear about Fred. We will not be able to attend the service, but you are in our thoughts and prayers. We always enjoyed the many stories Fred shared along with his jovial laugh and smile.
    Love Doug, Jackie and Ethan

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  15. Denise Brookfield :

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have so many wonderful memories of times spent at your house. The party your family gave for my 16th birthday; your father and mine digging our car out of the snow bank after I ran into it on my first drive. And of course, swapping ‘witty’ quips. I sometimes drive down that road to look at the house and reminisce. I know that Fred will be missed by all that had the privilege of knowing him.

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  16. Lesley Heysel :

    Mrs. McCall and Tracey.
    I was saddened to hear of the death of your beloved husband and father. He was a long time and very good friend of my parents Marjory and Tom Gough and I know that they would express precious and warm memories of him were they able to do so.
    I know that you, your families and all that knew Mr. McCall will miss him greatly and keep him close to your and their hearts.
    Please know that my sons David and Patrick and I are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
    Lesley, David and Patrick Heysel

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