Frederick “Fred” Charles Gilliland of Kamloops, BC passed away peacefully in Hospice on Friday, September 16th 2022. He was born in Bowden, Alberta on October 31, 1932. Fred was never afraid to try new surroundings and relocated multiple times in his 89-year journey. Including along the way France, California, and various Alberta and BC locations.
Fred (aka Fredly, Dad, Grandpa Fred, Uncle Fred, Corn Flakes) will always be remembered for his loyalty, intense drive, his unforgettable wit (bad jokes), love of song and singing and his sheer presence. His family and friend connections were of the utmost importance to him.
Fred was also a man of many vocations – while his eventual trade of choice was that of a steamfitter, he was also for a time a delivery man, flipped burgers, was a bank teller, served in the U.S Armed Forces, was a lineman, sold real real-estate, graded grain, acted in film, greeted at Walmart, and the list of jobs goes on.
Fred was predeceased by his beautiful wife Maxine (nee Dundas), his mother Hazel, mother-in-law Ada, father Albert, brothers Bob and Jim and sister Shelagh Harris. He was also predeceased by his amazing little four paw pal Auggie Dog.
Fred is survived by his two sons Blaine and James and daughter Beth (Lizabeth) Also their spouses Melinda, Leesa, and Robert Hanham and his 5 grandchildren: Tait, Jack, Connor, Errol Hanham and Alec Hanham. His brothers-in-law Jack and Ron, nieces, nephews, cousins, grand doggies and cat were also very dear to him.
The family wishes to thank his wonderful attending physician and friend, Dr. Mavis Hollman, the caring staff at Ridgepointe Retirement Residence and the Royal Inland Hospital and the amazing care team at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Home for their tender loving care and support.
For those who wish, donations may be made to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, The SPCA or the BC Cancer Society.
Fred’s Memorial will occur in 2023. Details to follow.
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