Following a full and active life as a husband, father, grandfather and loyal friend to so many, Fred passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in his 78th year on March 31, 2011.
The eighth of thirteen children, Frederick (Fredolin) Pfenniger was born in 1934 in Buttisholz, Switzerland. At 22 Fred followed his heart which landed him in Canada, working in Kitimat, B.C. In 1959 he moved to Seattle, where he was employed for 15 years at the DariGold Cheese Factory. During that time, Fred was an active member of the Swiss Singing Society in Seattle, and Swiss Wrestling Club in Tacoma.
In 1967, Fred married Elisabeth Muller (Kussnacht, Switzerland) in Seattle, and quickly started a family. In 1974 this young family of six moved to Boston Bar, B.C. where they established the Fraser Canyon Mobile Home Park Ltd. over the next 23 years.
Fred was first, and foremost, a family man and instilled a physical lifestyle in his children. Memories of summer hiking, swimming, camping trips and winter ski trips, especially to Manning Park. Fred was respected by all those who came in contact with him. He volunteered his expertise and countless hours within the Canyon Alpine Improvement District, making the Alpine District a better place to live. One of Fred’s pet projects was the 42 foot high lighted “Alpine Cross”. Fred got a group of enthusiastic volunteers together and in May of 1992 the cross was standing. Today, you can see that cross on the mountain top above the Canyon Alpine District.
To his family, he was their rock, inspiration and role model. Fred leaves behind his loving wife Elisabeth of 44 years and his children, Peter (Dawn), Paul, Freddy (Lydia) and Monica (Roberto) and his six grandchildren.
The “Celebration of Fred’s Life” will be held on April 14, 2011 at 1 pm at the Cascade Gymnasium, 35190 Delair Rd., Abbotsford. In lieu of flowers donations to your favourite charity in memory of Fred would be greatly appreciated.