Fred Burton Read passed away peacefully in the Alexander Wing of Vernon Jubilee Hospital on Friday, February 16, 2007, at the age of 96 years. Fred was born August 10, 1910 in Corvallis, Oregon. He lived in Corvallis, Mayville, The Dalles, and Portland. He met and married Marian Leininger in Corvallis, where they lived with their two children until 1955 when the family moved to Sicamous, B.C. Fred and Marian, along with two partners and their families, owned and operated Sicamous Supplies from 1955 until the business was sold in 1974. Fred and Marian spent the next few years travelling and visiting friends and family. They moved to Vernon in 1980, and continued taking annual trips for the next 10 years, when health reasons curtailed the travel.
During World War Two, Fred worked first as a civilian employee of the US Dept. of Engineering on a defense project to survey a proposed railroad from Prince George to the Bering Strait of Alaska, and as an enlisted member of the US Navy Construction Battalion in Hawaii and the Philippine Islands. After the war and up until he moved to Canada, Fred was a member of the US Naval Reserve in Corvallis. Fred was an active member first of St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Sicamous, then All Saints’ Anglican Church in Vernon. He was also on the board of the Credit Union in Sicamous, and a member of the Sicamous Volunteer Fire Dept. He was also an active member of the Vernon Camera Club, a club he enjoyed greatly.
Fred was predeceased by his son, Robert Allen in 1965, and his beloved wife and companion, Marian, in 2000. He leaves behind his daughter Marilee and son-in-law Richard (Rick) Quist of Kimberley, B.C., fifteen nieces and nephews, more than twenty great-nieces and great-nephews, and many good longtime friends.
Following cremation, a Service of Remembrance will be held on Tuesday, March 13, at 3:00 P.M., in All Saints’ Anglican Church in Vernon, with Canon Chris Harwood-Jones officiating.
In lieu of flowers, those friends wishing to do so may make donations in memory of Fred to either Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, 2101 – 32 Street, Vernon, V1T 5L2; Vernon Hospice Society, 3506 – 27 Ave., Vernon, V1T 1S4; or the B.C. Heart and Stroke Foundation, #202, 3402 – 27 Ave., Vernon, V1T 1S1. Arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home. 542-0155.