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RUTQUIST, Frederick Ernest

June 9, 1924 –Vancouver, British Columbia
December 2, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Fred Rutquist, loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, and devoted husband passed away peacefully on December 2, with family at his side.

Fred was a Professional Engineer (Metallurgy), UBC 1946, and worked with Cariboo Gold Quartz in Wells BC; Alberta Ytong; and Irving Wire Products in Calgary until retirement in 1987. He was a gifted musician, playing piano, violin, and accordion by ear. He entertained family and friends for years and enjoyed making great music with the Renfrew Ramblers Band. Fred was a generous compassionate man whose wonderful sense of humour brought laughter to friends and family. He had a strong sense of right and wrong and was always there for you. There are many fond memories of time spent at the family cabin on Okanagan Lake. He loved games of every kind especially a competitive game of scrabble. He loved a good meal and a good laugh. Fred was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed his time with The Kinsmen Club of Calgary, the Manchester Community Association, and his leadership in Cubs and Scouts. His legacy of music and laughter will live on forever, “Skoal!”

Fred is survived by his loving wife Marjorie of 67 years; children Dan (Joy), Susan, Linda; grandchildren Chad (Larissa), Anji, Clayton (Kristie), Tyler (Lani), Kelsey, Brooklin; great grandchildren Makai, Leila, Chloe, Connor, Colton, Frederik, Henry, Ivy, Cohen, Berkeley, Dawson; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by parents Egon and Anna; brothers Al and Eric; and son Ken.

A Celebration of Fred’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 2:00p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through The family would like to say a special thank you to all the staff at Rockyview Hospital, and the Homecare team with a special thanks to Nancy. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, #271, 339 – 50 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 2B3 Telephone: (403) 265-9039,

In living memory of Fred Rutquist 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. I was very saddened to hear of Fred’s passing. I will always remember his support and encouragement when I was studying engineering at university. Plus, I have fond memories of us playing on our fiddles together after a another wonderful dinner at the Rutquist home!! His humour, warmth and charm will always be fondly remembered. My love, condolences and prayers for the entire family.

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  2. Bruce and Linda Wilson :

    So sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of our Christmas times together with the music jams our families had together. Time at the cabin when we were young. He was there for my family at time of need. He had a wonderful life with many around him who loved him. Our prayers are with you all at this time.

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  3. Maureen McClean :

    My thoughts and prayers are with Marjorie and family at this very difficult time. I remember when you moved into Manchester many years ago and became very good friends of Mom and Dad. Memories are precious and help sustain us during this time.

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  4. Hi Dan,

    Marilyn’s Mom just told us she had read about Fred’s passing in the newspaper. Please accept my condolences.

    The mention of his name sparked a TON of super positive memories for me … about him and your Mom, about you & Joy, and about the fun we had as kids and during the days we lived in Vancouver 25 years ago.

    I hope you and Joy and your kids are doing well. We’re still in Toronto, have a couple of grandkids and I peck away at a part time job I really like.

    Would love to reconnect and have a major visit next time you’re out here or I’m out West. Keen to hear how you & your family are doing and what you’re up to.. Kindest Personal Regards, Ron

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  5. March 5, 2016……Strange… looking up names of the past and I came across Fred’s obituary. Circle of life I guess. Fred gave me my first job at Irving Wire when I was 17 – on the ‘small mesh’ machine. I couldn’t believe it when I was hired. As he got to know my work record, he bent over backwards to make sure I could work whatever hours I wanted. He told me I could walk in anytime of the day and I’d have work, no matter what shift. He knew I was on my own and needed the money but never said. I also never worked so hard at a job in my life but it was worth it. I worked with some pretty great guys including Dan & Ken and some of those guys went on to become excellent examples for the community they lived and I believe it was the work ethic that filtered down from Fred in the office. It would seem that if one was unhappy working in their job they would complain about everything and everyone but it was rare to hear them speak admirably about someone but I heard Fred’s name often on the floor. He was so well respected (loved) I have yet to see anything resembling this respect in the work force. Fred’s take on life has carried me through life and I think of him often.

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