The family of Fred Nicholson, formerly of Bredenbury, is sad to announce his passing on November 12, 2020 at the Lakeside Manor Care Home where he has resided for the past year. Frederick William Nicholson was born in Saskatoon, SK on October 10, 1947. He grew up on the family’s farm near Zelma, SK and moved to Saskatoon with his family when he was in Grade 11.
There he met his wife, Margaret and they were married on July 31, 1971. They moved to Bredenbury, SK in 1972 for Fred’s first teaching job. They welcomed their daughter Kendra, in 1980. Fred was the Principal in both Bredenbury and Saltcoats Schools. His work was his life and throughout his career he made many lifelong friendships.
After 30 years of teaching, Fred retired. While he loved teaching he said retirement was the best job he ever had. During retirement he became a marriage commissioner and took special pride every time one of his former students asked him to perform their ceremony. He was the officiant for many funerals and church services. He taught English as a second language and was affectionately known as Mr. Fred, which he loved. Over the years he was a member of the Bredenbury Lions Club, voice of the Bredenbury Cougars, and a member of town council. He loved Bredenbury and loved being involved in everything that went on in town.
In these years his family grew, he and Margaret welcomed their son-in-law Edward Patzwald into the family and later grandchildren, Abby and Theodore. To say Fred was a proud grandparent is an understatement. He didn’t miss a concert, a skating lesson or a dance recital and he was honored to be called Grandad.
For those of you who knew Fred, you would know that he loved to “putter” in his garage. If you needed a tool, he was sure to have it. He was a social butterfly, loved coffee row and visiting with “the boys”.
Fred was predeceased by his parents Will and Barbara, step-father Jim Parkes, and his brother Edward. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 49 years, Margaret, his daughter Kendra, son-in-law Edward, grandchildren Abby and Theodore, and many members of his extended family.
Fred was blessed to have many close friends that became family. He held those friendships in highest regard. Margaret and Kendra would like to extend a big thank you for the support of these friends, especially over the past couple of years.
The family will have a private graveside service and (hopefully) a memorial when possible.
A private Graveside Service will be held on Thursday November 19, 2020 at the Bredenbury Town Cemetery, Bredenbury SK, with Rev. Sarah Giles officiating.
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