CHRISTIE, FREDERICK ALBERT (JACKPOT)
1920 – 2006
Fred passed away on November 8th, 2006 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver with his 3 daughters at his side. Fred was born February 5, 1920 in Barrington Passage, Nova Scotia. He was predeceased by his first wife Thelma. Fred will be sadly missed by his wife Bessie May; 3 daughters: Sharon (Eric), Susan (Gary), Shelly (George); grandchildren: Chloe, Emma, and Casey of Vancouver and Victoria; his step-children: Jean (Jim), Heather (Robert), Glenn (Cheryl), step-grandchildren: Amanda, Katie, Warren, Johanna, Sean, and Amy of Ottawa and his many friends.
Fred was a member of the 7th anti-tank regiment during World War II and served for four years in the Central Mediterranean area and Continental Europe. He was given the nickname “Jackpot” by his comrades for his many exploits while in combat. Fred was mentioned in the dispatches and received an Oak Leaf. He had a great love of the outdoors and enjoyed sharing his knowledge of hunting and fishing with others. Fred taught the very first hunter safety course at the R.A. Centre in Ottawa in the 1950’s and after moving to Comox, he taught here for many years.
During his time in Comox, Fred has been involved with many organizations. Over the last years he has enjoyed his crib, and dart nights at the Legion, cards and Bingo at the d’Esterre Seniors Centre and his time as president of the d’Esterre Centre.
A Celebration of Fred’s life will be held at Branch 160 Royal Canadian Legion on Comox Ave on Wednesday, November 15 at 1:00pm. Donations in Fred’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Arrangements have been entrusted to Piercy’s / Mt. Washington Funeral Home, 440 England Ave.