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JAMES, Frederick (Fred) Lorne

February 13, 1945 – Edmonton Alberta
June 15, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta

Fred James, beloved husband of Patti, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at the age of 71 years.

Fred was a big man with an even bigger heart. He had a kind and generous nature, with a presence that was larger than life. As a former Calgary Stampeder and Edmonton Eskimo, Fred continued his passion and his love of the game through his commitment to the CFLPA. He also spent many years working in the investment and benefit industry based out of Calgary and Toronto where his clients became his friends.

Besides his loving wife, Fred is survived by his children, Brandy and Tyler and their mother Kathie James, Scott and Jodi Rogers (Dave Beckford), and Patsy Thomas (Serge Menard); two sisters Sharon and Donna James and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Fred’s Life will be held at the Red and White Club (McMahon Stadium 1817 Crowchild Trail NW) on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. In Tribute to Fred wearing a football jersey at the service is welcomed. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made directly to the CICU c/o Calgary Health Trust www.calgaryhealthtrust.ca or Telephone: 403- 943-0615 or to the Calgary Colts PO Box 20162 RPO Calgary Place Calgary, AB T2P 4J3 Atten: Mike Tuff or email miketuff@shaw.ca for information.

In living memory of Fred James, 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. Jack Fleming :

    Patti, Brandy & Tyler,

    We were very sorry to hear the news about Fred. Our thoughts are with you all at this time. The comments in the obituary are most appropriate. Fred was a larger than life person in many ways and he made an impact on so many!

    We will be thinking of you on Monday.

    Jack & Rhena

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  2. Lindy Barron :

    Such a gentle Giant, Fred will be missed by many. My condolences to your family, Patti.

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  3. Kim & Kim Corrigall :

    Deepest condolences Patti and family.

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  4. Jeka Desjardin :

    Patti,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this most difficult time. I didn’t know Fred very well but I met him when I checked him in on his flights before I knew he was your husband. I still recall the day when I was dealing with him and you showed up because you had to stop along the way to say Hi to everyone else.
    Take care and cherish the memories.
    Jeka

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  5. Jordan Tanner :

    Dear Patti,

    I was so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing and wish you and your entire family much strength in this very difficult time. Although my career path with Fred did not cross for a long time, I can say that he was very gracious and a true professional in trying to help me in every way he could to lauch my career at Nesbitt Burns and for that I will be forever grateful.

    My very best,

    Jordan Tanner

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  6. Dolores LaDuke :

    My deepest condolences on your loss. I had the privledge to work for and with Fred and I will always remember him as an amazing man with an amazing smile, humor and spirit. Thought and prayers for your family.

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  7. Patti,

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

    I will always remember how genuine and kind Fred was to my clients that I referred to him. He taught me to always be 15 min. early just like for football practice.

    All the best,

    Warren Wood

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  8. Sharon Evans :

    Fred truly had a kind, loving personality bigger than himself. I’m lucky to have had the chance to know him and his family. My thoughts are with you in celebration of a great life.
    Love,
    Sharon Minoge Evans and family

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  9. Patti and Family,
    My sincere condolences on Fred’s passing. It was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to know you both through those years at Confed which we shared together personally as well as in business. Having just lost my beloved Joanie to a heart attack on May 24th I can truly understand the loss that you must feel right now. Fred was a most thoughtful person, always willing to be of help to any that might be in need!
    My sincere best wishes, Alan

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  10. Everett Kent :

    Our sincerest condolences to Patti and all of Fred’s family. I worked with Fred many years ago in Toronto at Confederation Life. He was a wonderful, generous person with a great sense of humour. Everett and Diane Kent

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  11. Edie and David Hildreth :

    Patti and family.
    Edie and I send our thoughts and prayers and will always remember the Confederation Life conventions with all our families having so much fun and world travel. Fred certainly impacted my career and those memories will always be lasting. Our love to all the family and God Bless.
    Edie and David Hildreth.

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  12. Tom Nielsen :

    We are sharing wonderful memories of Fred as a way to grieve the passing of our very dear friend. Fred was the very first non- family member to hold our new-born daughter. Such a tiny bundle in his very large hands, we can recall the image vividly even though it was nearly 20 years ago. Big in stature, Fred’s warmth always showed through – whether it was his hearty laugh or his wise words or simply a huge bear hug.

    Fred’s passion was firmly centred around Patti and the children. He loved life, and we will miss him always.

    Tom and Suanne

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  13. Diane and John Konihowski :

    We were so sorry to hear about Fred’s passing at such a young age. Always young at heart and big as life he was always a pleasure to be around. John played with him in Calgary and Edmonton. He was always about “the team.”. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

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  14. Line McKenna :

    Patti,
    I was very saddened to hear the passing of your loving husband.
    Thinking of you in this difficult time.

    Line McKenna

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  15. Jacqueline Noble :

    Patti and family.

    I’m so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. It was such a pleasure to have known him and worked with him. We have truly lost a great man.

    On Monday I will proudly wear to work, in his honour, my football jersey. I’ll think of him often and smile; especially during football season and watching John Wayne movies.

    Thank you for sharing him with so many so we may share not only in your grief but also memories.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Jacqueline Noble

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  16. Matias & Amy Grum :

    We were devastated to hear these news, we will miss Fred greatly.
    We’ll be there to say one last goodbye.
    Matias & Amy

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  17. Jan Robinsonp :

    Patti and family. Patti I was so sorr to hear from you about losing Fred.

    He was an amazing man and a great friend to Robbie and I. Fred was the b est thing to happen in Robbie’s life when he took over Confederation. He had so much enthusiasm and energy, and it spilled over in Robbie and he did bettere than he had ever done and enjoyed it with Fred.
    As well they were great comrades , golfed together and had great times together, as I did when I was inclhuded. We have hadlots of fun together. We will miss Fred, and especially you hand the family.

    I will be thinking of you all and will be there to say a last goodby

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  18. Wayne & LeeAnne Sissons :

    We too were shocked by the news of Fred’s passing! Fred was such a great man, leaving way too soon!
    We had the pleasure of working with Fred at BMO Nesbitt Burns. He was a great blessing to us and to our clients. We loved his sense of humor and larger than life demeanor that could brighten up a room and command it all at the same time.
    Fred will be greatly missed by us all!
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you Patti and your family at this time.

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  19. Barb Penney :

    Dear Patti,

    I was so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing and the love of your life.

    May your beautilful memories fill your mind with peace and bring warmth to your heart during this difficult time..

    Thinking of you and your family

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  20. Rick & Sandy Molstad :

    Patti, we were saddened by the news of Fred’s passing. We will cherish the memories of our time together at Ed and Bonnie’s cabin. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Rick & Sandy

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  21. Greg Fieger :

    Patti and family, Brenda and I want to express our heartfelt condolences on Fred’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you…

    I cherish my time on the CFLPA when I got to know Fred as a valued colleague and advisor. I loved his spirit and good nature, his laugh was always contagious. Fred will be missed, but fondly remembered!

    Take care of yourselves!

    Greg and Brenda Fieger

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  22. Lottie Austin :

    I had the pleasure of working with Fred at Nesbitt Burns in Calgary. He was an example of how to live life – healthy, active with lots of care and kindness.

    My sympathies to each of you.

    Patti, we met briefly at the airport some years ago.

    Warm regards, Lottie Austin

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  23. Patti, Brandi, Tyler, Scott and Jodi, we were shocked and saddened to hear of Fred’s passing, unfortunately we didn’t know in time to be at the ceremony. Our sincere condolences to all of you, we are thinking of you with warmth and caring. Lynne, Ben Urner and family.

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