Maddex Fredrick Walter
Sept 18, 1920 – Dec 24, 2005
Fred passed away peacefully on 24 Dec 2005 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox B.C. He was 85 years old.
Not a native of Comox Valley, Fred was born in Islay, Alberta and grew up in the Dewberry district, son of Gertie and Fred Maddex, a pioneering couple of the area. At the age of 20 Fred joined the R.C.A.F. in 1941 and served as a flight instructor until the end of the war in 1945. Fred attended the Vermillion School of Agriculture and then worked in the Wainwright, Alberta district as an Agriculture Field supervisor until he rejoined the R.C.A.F. as a pilot instructor in 1952. He finished the tour in Winnipeg in 1959 as a member of 111 Search and Rescue Squadron flying DC3’s into the Arctic. Fred then joined the United Grain Growers as an Agriculture Fieldman headquartered in Regina. In 1978 he moved to Grand Prairie to serve the Peace River area of Alberta and B.C. During his tenure with UGG, Fred was honoured by the Saskatchewan Government for his promotion of Farm Safety. Ill health forced his early retirement in 1981 so he moved his family to Lumsden, Saskatchewan to pursue a lifelong passion in gardening until the urge to move west took hold and he discovered the beautiful Comox Valley. In 1984 he and wife Elsie moved to Bates Beach where they literally chopped a homestead out of the raw woods similar to how his parents had done. They enjoyed that beautiful property until they moved to Comox in 1996. Fred was a lifetime member of the Black Creek Lions Club and past president participating in many club functions especially the Black Creek Lions Ride-a-thon. He was also past president and a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion 234 Branch in Lumsden, Saskatchewan for over 45 years.
He will be fondly missed by his wife of 60 years, Elsie; daughter Cloy (Doug); sons Dwain (Dianne), Brian (Betty), Allan (Barb), Dan (Betty), and Lyle (Pat); 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brother Philip and sister Winnie.
Memorial Services will be held on Friday, 30 December at 3:00pm at St. George’s United Church with Mr. Lawrence Burns officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s Hospital if desired.Arrangements are being made by Comox Valley Funeral Home & Crematorium,1101 Ryan Rd, Courtenay.