Fred Gottlieb Mann
was born on September 1st, 1928 in Strembeni, Bessarabia, Russia (now Romania), son of Phillip & Maria (Schramm) Mann. After WW11, he was reunited with his family in Scheessel, Germany. While living in Germany he became a musician (his first love), playing the trumpet and the drums and this is also where he became a bricklayer by trade. In 1951 he had the opportunity to come to Canada and in January, 1952 he came to Oliver, B.C., under the Sponsorship of his uncle and aunt, George & Ablona Kilbach. In 1954 he arrived in Vernon where he started working for David Howrie Ltd. In 1955 he met Lucy Friedrichs and they were married on September 29th, 1956. In 1960 Fred started his own masonry contracting business which he operated until the mid 1980’s. Fred G. Mann Masonry Ltd. built many well known buildings in the Vernon area including the Vernon Recreation Centre, Curling Rink, RCMP Station, City Hall, Library-Museum Complex and the Vernon Secondary School as well as many other projects outside of the Vernon area. After a fire destroyed the original Coldstream Hotel in the early 1960’s, he rebuilt it and in 1964 became a partner in the Hotel. Fred could be seen there most evenings. He also supported many sports teams which were sponsored by the Hotel and enjoyed watching many, many games over the years. Even when Fred was semi-retired he was always “down at the shop” working on a project.
Organizations which Fred belonged to over the years are: Miriam Lodge, Royal Arch Masons, Vernon Shrine Club, Army, Navy & Airforce Veterans In Canada #5, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #25 and the Southern Interior Construction Association. He was instrumental in starting Vernon Minor Soccer with George Stein in the 1950’s, taught and chaperoned the Vernon Girl’s Trumpet Band in the early 1960’s and was always seen in all the local parades driving a Shriner mini car and giving kids rides in it. Fred was one of the founding owners of Spallumcheen Golf Course.
Fred was always there to lend a helping hand for family and friends. He loved to play his music, fish with his grandson, Cody and anyone else who wanted to go. He loved to be out boating on Okanagan Lake, spending time at the family cabin, traveling around the world with Lucy and friends and watching soccer games.
Fred completed life’s work and was called Home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 having reached the age of 79 years, 3 months and 4 days. He is survived by his loving wife, Lucy, to whom he was married for 51 years; his son, Bob and his children, Lindsay and Amber; his daughter, Anna-Marie (Daryl) Carlyle and their children, Cody and Cierra; his family in Germany, Christa, Andrea and Henning; his brother, Christian (Anneliese); his sister, Ida (Willi) Duden; two sisters-in-law, Elli Mann and Mary Friedrichs, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip & Maria Mann; one brother, Jacob Mann; his father and mother-in-law, Gustav & Ottilie Friedrichs and one brother-in-law, Richard Friedrichs.
The Funeral Service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Monday, December 10th, 2007 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Roy White officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Fred to St. John’s Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 5151 Alain Road, Vernon, B.C. V1B 3K6, the Vernon & District Hospice Society, 3506-27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 1S4 or the Shriner Children’s Transportation Fund, 3550 Wayburn Drive, Burnaby, B.C. V5G 3K9.
Funeral arrangements have been made with BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5 (542-1187)