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RING, Frederick William (Fred)

March 7, 1946 – October 12, 2014

It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of a wonderful husband, dad, son, brother, ‘gramps’, uncle and friend. He will be deeply missed by his wife Judy, his two daughters and their families; Jennifer Leslie (Lauren McClure), Kathryn Jane (Jari Laurell), his five precious grandchildren Finley, Angus, Evelyn, Suvi, and Maisi. His family is privileged to benefit from the many lessons he taught, to carry with us in our lives.

Fred will be sorely missed by his mother Caroline. He also leaves to mourn his brother Gary Ring, nieces Deanna Sartison (Darren), Leslie Ring-Adams (Chris), and Krista Ring; along with Holly Ring, niece Michelle Passant (Steve) and nephew Michael Ring (Colleen). Fred was predeceased by his father Frederick, brother Arleigh, and sister-in-law Ruth. Fred will also be deeply missed by his wife’s beloved family, Christine Lamarsh, nephews John Lamarsh (Joanne), and Craig Lamarsh (Kathy); Joan (Bob) Emigh, nephews Trent Emigh (LauraLee) and Michael Emigh. He was predeceased by Archie and Lucille Lamarsh, and brother-in-law Jack Lamarsh.

Fred completed his Master’s degree in education subsequently working in administration with devotion to his students. Over his 30 year career, he exemplified the consummate educator – dedicated, fair, caring. He nourished minds, teaching by example, with great aspirations for the many influenced in their pursuits. He believed in young people and challenged all, including his family, to maintain a strong work ethic. Sharing deeply in accomplishments, joys, laughter and tears, he remained in contact with many, to recent days. After retirement, Fred embarked on a second successful career he enjoyed with great pleasure for over 10 years. As a Senior Executive at WestJet, he once again had the good fortune of so many under his guidance and leadership. This past June, the Fred Ring Building on the WestJet campus was dedicated in his name, recognizing his contributions to the company – a sincere honor for Fred.

Fred was a man of great integrity and presence. He was a proud father and grandfather. A devoted husband of 40 years. He was blessed by a lifetime of genuine love and support from family and friends. People recognized his strength of character. Dad would never miss an Omegan Wednesday night. These gentlemen were a big part of his life. A passion for sports and physical activity punctuated Fred’s daily routine – many grew to know Fred at the Club and admire his tenacity on the golf course. Good wine, exceptional food, and loyal canine companionships were further great loves of his life. A family chapel service will be held at a future time. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Rosedale Hospice (1245 – 70 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2X8) Telephone 403-284-5195.

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

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  1. Ken & Shirley Manz :

    Our condolences to Judy and family on the loss of Fred. He had an accomplished life with family and many friends. We are proud to have known him …
    Cousin, Ken & Shirley Manz – Regina, Sask.

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  2. John and Sandra Jack :

    Dear Judy, Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. Sincerely, John and Sandra Jack

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  3. Tracey Strashok (Hoffort) :

    So very sorry for your loss. Fred was an amazing man who had an impact on so many. He will be missed.

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  4. Jamie Robertson :

    I send condolences to Judy and Fred’s family on their loss. Fred was a hero and mentor to me in the early part of my career in education. His commitment to quality service for students and to working collaboratively with a staff to that end stand out to me as key drivers for success in public education. He will be missed.

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  5. george and nancy wilson :

    As a parent of four children who attended Western Canada High School, my heart is a little heavy as I read about “Mr. Ring”. He was the first of many principals we had and gosh did he set the bar high. I truly enjoyed working with him. He was a wonderful person.
    nancy wilson

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  6. Sincere condolences to family. Fred was a long time acquaintance from days at Lord Beaverbrook, where he was the teacher rep for Student Council, “tour escort” on our trip to Europe (1972). Later in 1995 my oldest daughter attended Western Canada and he remembered our early years together. A much loved and admired man.

    Jacqui Weston

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  7. To the Family of Fred Ring I offer my condolence and support to the continuation of his legacy. Fred had many accomplishments and I know he worked hard to achieve success. May his family have solace in a beautiful memory.

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  8. Frank and Lola Wright :

    Sincerest condolences to Judy and family. I attended U of C with Fred and he was a great organizer back then–especially of a memorable bus trip to Regina to watch our beloved
    Saskatchewan Roughriders. I later worked with Fred at Ernest Manning High School and he was an awesome administrator. He put kids first and had a genuine passion for teaching.
    He definitely made a positive difference.

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  9. Judy, Jennifer, Kathryn and family, on behalf of my family I want to say how sorry we all were to hear of Fred’s passing. Meeting and speaking with you at Rosedale always seemed to make the day a bit brighter. Your husband and father has left a lasting legacy behind, not only in you, but in the thousands of lives he touched during his time at the CBE and WestJet. We send our love and prayers to you all. Amy and the Strutt sisters

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  10. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Fred, my thought and prayers go out to your entire family. I hope the many memories throughout the years forever live in your hearts. I was fortunate to cross paths with Fred during my time at WestJet. He was one of my favorite people I was blessed to have met during my tenure. He was a kind, gentle, fair man who had time for everyone. Thank you for sharing such an amazing person with the world.

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  11. My sincere condolences to Fred’s family. His ready smile and words of encouragement made him a special colleague. May the happy memories you have of him support you during this sad time.

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  12. Patti & Larry O'Connor :

    What a wonderful human being. Judy, we were so sorry about the loss of Fred. Always had a smile on his face and always fun to be around. Our condolences to you and your family. He will be missed.

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  13. Sharon Needham :

    I am so sorry to see Fred’s passing. I was fortunate to have worked with him at WestJet and fondly remember his visit out East after I had previously interacted with him at the hangar. He had a gentle and reassuring approach and I appreciate the time he gave me. I’m sorry for your loss.

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  14. Greg Fletcher :

    Judy and Family,
    My condolences and deepest sympathy to all of you on Fred’s passing. I have known Fred from university days. My kids attended Western Canada and always had positive things to say about “Mr. Ring” and how he dealt openly and fairly with people. He obviously carried that trait over to WestJet. My most recent memory and connection with Fred was on a sailing junket with two other friends and we had nothing but fun, good stories and many laughs. Fred was one of those people you liked to be around and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. My thoughts are with all of you.

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  15. Beryl Maguire :

    Thinking of you, Kathryn, Suvi, and Maisi in the loss of your father and grandfather. Hope you are comforted that he is at peace.

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  16. Gary
    I got to know Fred quite well during our time together @ U of C and considered him to be a good friend. Although we lost contact after our university days, I followed his professional accomplishments, from his fostering of academic excellence, during his principalship at Western Canada, through to his leadership at WestJet. My sincere condolences to you and your family.
    Ron Newborn

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  17. Len and Sally Hall :

    Our sincere condolences Judy, to you and the rest of your family. I feel privileged to have worked directly with Fred, and was in admiration of his skills and abilities. Getting to know you and Fred and being able to enjoy some social occasions will hold a cherished place in our hearts.

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  18. I worked with Fred at Diefenbaker and again at Western. I truly admired him as a leader and person especially exemplified when we lost our students in the avalanche.

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  19. Douglas Mirtle :

    I was very sorry to hear about Fred’s passing. We worked as colleagues in the Calgary Board of Education (CBE), and although I didn’t do very much with him personally, I always thought he was a class act. At Principals’ meetings when the Secondary Principals met alongside with the Elementary and Junior High group, he always seemed so cool, calm, and collected – even when discussions became heated over CBE related issues.
    That picture in the obituary column highlights my vision of Fred – a big smile with a kind heart.
    My deep and sincere condolences to Judy and the family.
    Doug Mirtle

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  20. Dennis and Marilyn Pendlebury :

    Dear Judy, Jennifer, Kathryn and Family

    We are deeply saddened to hear about Fred’s passing. I will never forget the great memories of Fred and the impact that he had on me throughout our time at Western and WestJet. A true friend, colleague and mentor.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers,
    Dennis & Marilyn Pendlebury

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  21. Shirley and Ron Hill :

    Our deepest sympathy to Judy and all of Fred’s family. A truly fine man, who will be remembered by many.
    Love and God Bless,
    Shirley and Ron Hill, Qualicum Beach, BC

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  22. Brenda and Craig Hill and family :

    To Judy and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Fred was a wonderful man and it was my pleasure to have the opportunity to work with Fred when he transitioned his career to WestJet.
    God Bless,
    Craig, Brenda, Connor and Victoria Hill
    Calgary

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  23. Elizabeth and John Hogan :

    Judy and Family
    We were deeply saddened to learn of Fred’s passing and want you to know that you are in our thoughts at this time of such great loss. We both admired Fred as a man and as a professional and fondly remember the occasions when we were in the company of you both. Our sincere condolences.

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  24. Lloyd and Dawna Evans :

    Dear Judy and Family,
    Although it has been many years since our families spent time together, I always remember you and Fred and your lovely girls with some wonderful times and lots of laughs. I remember when you used to come to the Invermere area and spend some family time in the summer. And, of course, the good times with Lynne and Nat. I am just so sorry to hear of this sad news. We are thinking of all of you.

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  25. Dear Judy and Family,

    I am thinking of you and your family and extending regards and support from me and Paul. I so appreciated Fred’s wisdom and sense of humour as we worked together as Principals. He was always willing to share conversation and advice and his tenure especially at Western made all of us as his colleagues very proud of him. We all learned a lot from him. He has left a tremendous legacy in his personal and professional life. Jill Wyatt

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  26. Dear Judy and family. It was with sadness that we read of Fred’s passing at much too young an age. He was a good man and a true gentleman, treating everyone with respect and encouraging especially younger people to excel. A man of true integrity.

    Our thoughts go with you and your extended family.

    Roy and Bobbi Barr.

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  27. hector and Gail McFadyen :

    Judy and family … we wish to extend our condolences on Fred’s passing. By any measure he was a wonderful person who impacted so many lives in a very positive way and left our community a much better place for his presence. May he rest in peace and you find strength in the memories.

    Hector and Gail McFadyen

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  28. David and Carol Lunn :

    Dear Judy, Jennifer, Kathryn, and families,
    We were sorry to learn of Fred’s passing and send you our heart-felt condolences. As you adjust to this new reality your friends and the memories of Fred will be an important part of this adjustment.
    I recall my first meeting with Fred at Lord Beaverbrook when we taught across the hall from each other and I listened to his dealings with students who wanted to be elsewhere. Then there was the Omega meetings and our golf trips to Invermere and Las Vegas, and who could forget our infamous pool parties at Kahanoff’s in Mayfair.
    Professionally, my most recent memories of Fred was from teaching my last two and a half years at Western Canada. It was there that I learned of Fred’s talent as an administrator while I was department head and for a brief time assistant principal. I recall we shared the same values of wanting the best for the students and encouraging teachers to their best.
    I found it interesting to hear (mostly at Omega meetings) of his work at WestJet and his growth during the trials and tribulations in the varied positions he held. It was early in his time at WestJet that Carol on returning from Saskatoon had her luggage stowed in the hold after reaching the departure gate only to have it retrieved by Fred on her arrival in Calgary. He wheeled the luggage to the arrivals area with a big grin on his face as I met them. It was most fitting that WestJet honoured him by naming the building he spent so much time developing after him.
    He will be missed and we hope that our fond memories of Fred will offer you some comfort.
    With much love,
    David and Carol Lunn

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  29. Charleen Grimm :

    Mrs. Ring,
    My Condolences to the entire Ring Family on the passing of an Amazing man, Fred. I remember Fred @ Western Canada High, he was the friendliest person I had ever met. I always loved it when he would bring “Charlie” in for a visit. Both were like two peas in a pod! May God help him on his Journey… God Bless all!

    Char Grimm

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  30. Larry and Shirley Holloway :

    Judy and Family

    Our sincere condolences on the passing of Fred. He was a wonderful man and and I regret having known him only later in life through the Glencoe golf group. I admired his wonderful relations with all people and also his courage and positive outlook through his travails.

    May he rest in peace.

    Larry and Shirley

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