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SHEARLAW, Frederic “Fred”

Fred, age 73, passed away on July 12, 2020. He leaves behind his loving wife, Maria; his daughters Kim (Jeremy) Patterson and Heather (Patrick) O’Donovan; his son Mike (Sarah Huska); and his grandchildren Findlay and Everleigh Patterson, Ginger and Bailey Shearlaw, and Riley and Liam O’Donovan. He will also be remembered by his cousins, mother-in-law Elvira (who will miss him deeply, as he was always such a big help to her); his brothers- and sisters-in-law; and nieces and nephews. He was sadly predeceased by his father, Norman, his mother, Marie, and his sister Linda.

Born in Drumheller, AB, Fred grew up living above the family-owned local butcher shop in Three Hills, AB.  At the age of 20, he started his 40-year career working at The Royal Bank.  He worked with the bank in various towns and cities around Alberta and British Columbia. When he was transferred to Cranbrook, BC in 1968, he met the love of his life, Maria, while she too was working for the bank. They were married on September 5, 1970 (this year would have been their 50th anniversary).  He enjoyed spending time with family and the many friends he and Maria made over the years as they moved from place to place. He was an avid gardener and junior hockey fan. He and Maria were Kelowna Rockets season ticket holders.

The family would like to extend a special thanks for the kind and compassionate care Fred received at both Central Okanagan Hospice House and Kelowna General Hospital.  A Graveside Service will be held to honour Fred.  Due to the current pandemic restrictions, the service will be by invitation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the KGH Foundation – Central Okanagan Hospice House, hospicehousekelowna.com, or BC Cancer Foundation, bccancerfoundation.com.

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  • Donna and Kimmo Numminen says:

    Dear Maria, Heather and family – we were saddened to hear of Fred’s passing. Fred was a good neighbour, a fine fellow with a quirky sense of humour. Our sympathies to all of you. Donna and Kimmo

  • Loretta and Kerry Huska says:

    Sending our heartfelt sympathy to the Shearlaw family: Maria, Kim, Mike and Heather. We are thinking of all of you as you gather today as a family to share grief, love and the loss of Fred; husband, father, and “Poppa”.
    Our condolences to Fred’s extended family and friends who will miss his friendship, congeniality, support and delightful wry sense of humour.

  • Pauline Palichuk (BDO Kenora) says:

    Fred was my supervisor for almost 15 years and he was a pleasure to work with. I looked forward to his calls, as stories of his life, family and his wry sense of humor always brightened my day. His kindness and support will be missed. My sincere condolences to Fred’s family upon his passing.

  • Leslie Stirling says:

    Bob and I were very sad to learn of Fred’s death today. When we are young promises are made that we will always stay in touch. There always seems to be plenty of time to get together but time has a way of slipping away. Today we learned that the time has passed and we are too late. Maria, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Thought you might enjoy this wonderful picture of Fred and Bob with the kids.

  • Harold Lavack says:

    I first met Fred in 1982 at the Royal Bank main office in Kamloops, B.C.
    Canadian Acceptance was bout by the Royal Bank, I subsequently trained as a Commercial Lender, Small Business at 42.
    I had a wealth of Industrial lending experience, but nothing like what Fred was about to lead by example .
    I have had many bosses over the years, nothing like the quality of Fred, who was generous with his time and knowledge, treated you with respect.
    My wife especially like Fred, he was one of the very few males she liked at the Bank.
    Fred was kind, considerate, caring, respectful, just a nice man, he made my life much richer for knowing him, I will miss him.
    May the wind always be at your back Fred, life well lived, loved and loved back.

    Rest In Peace my friend.

    Harold & Marilyn Lavack

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