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FREDERICK, Joan Marie (nee Rowbotham)

January 16, 1940 – New Westminster, British Columbia
December 10, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Joan Marie (nee Rowbotham), beloved wife of Robert (Bob) Frederick of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at the age of 75 years.

Joan was born into this world on January 16, 1940 to Bruce and Helen Rowbotham in New Westminster, BC. The family moved to Calgary when Joan was 8 years old. She spent most of her life in Calgary, graduating from Crescent Heights High School with the highest marks in math on her final exams.

Joan went to the U of A in Calgary where she met Bob Frederick, then they went to Edmonton where she was enrolled in her second year BA. Bob and Joan married in 1960. They moved to BC where Bob got his Masters in Social Work from UBC, and where Christine Marie was born. They returned to Calgary and in 1965, Laura Lynn was born. Jaime Bruce was born in 1972. At this time, Joan and Bob moved briefly to Grande Prairie, Didsbury and then back to Calgary. Joan worked for the Alberta Summer Games, and then the Alberta Senior’s Games, advancing to a management role with the Alberta Sports Council. She enjoyed her many years with the games, and her natural organizational skills made her an excellent employee.

Joan was blessed with a quiet demeanor and a very gentle manner, and left this world not wanting to burden those she loved. She was perfection in everything she set her mind to do in her life. Joan fought a valiant and courageous fifteen year battle with Scleroderma. The world was a better place because she was in it, and we will all miss her very much.

Joan leaves to mourn, her husband of fifty-five years, Bob Frederick; her daughters, Christine Frederick (Paul Faires) and Laura Frederick-Knowlton (Jeff Knowlton); her son Jaime Bruce (Erin); her grandchildren, Ezra Lainsbury, Charlotte Knowlton, and Fiona and Leo Frederick; her sisters, Margery (Bob) Dick, Jeff, Julie (Sheldon) Harrish, Shirley (John) Arbuthnott and Shirley’s daughter Melissa (Ken) Taylor and their children, Ben and Mack.

Joan is also survived by Bob’s brothers and their families, Dan (Eleanor), Sean, Shannon and her daughter Brittany, Greg (Tc’al), Ryan and Tyler, and Chris (Carie), Darcie and Jessica; as well as many, many friends, relatives, and colleagues.

A Celebration of Joan’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, December 18, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Joan’s honour may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Joan Frederick, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Dear Bob & Family,
    I was privileged to work with Joan at ASC and was awed by Joan’s calm in the face of chaos. Joan handled those Games like it was her baby (which it probably was!) and it was a pleasure to watch. She taught me much about patience and kindness and goodwill—a very gracious lady. So very sorry for your family’s loss.
    With Sympathy, Madelene Krokom

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  2. I was privileged to work with Joan at Alberta Sport Council. She was, indeed, a very kind and lovely person, and was highly respected for her terrific work ethic, generous personality, and quiet sense of humour. She definitely enjoyed a good joke, and didn’t let the little things bother her. She was just a really nice person to be around, and to know.
    Justine Roche

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