Fredrick Donald (Fred) Whitbread

Fred passed away in Heron Grove after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s. He was born in Grand River, Cape Breton where he spent his childhood on a 70 acre riverfront farm. It was here that he developed his great love for the outdoors and a strong capacity for hard work. Fred was preceded in death by his father, George; his mother, Mabel; and all nine of his brothers.

Fred and Darlene, his wife and working partner of 37 years, operated Whitbread Enterprises building “Fine homes for nice people.” Fred was proud of his designation of Master Builder, a title bestowed upon few, and for having been named Best Builder in B.C. during the years 1985-1986, President’s Award 1989. He also counted himself a lucky man to have Darlene to work along beside him. In the later years, Brian Usher became a partner in the firm.

As well as Darlene, Fred leaves behind two sons from a previous marriage: Emerson (Allie) of Calgary, Alberta and Fraser (Susan) of New Hampshire; two sisters, Catherine Card and Margaret Wood, both of Ontario; and many nieces and nephews across Canada. Fred will be fondly remembered as a man who loved history, poetry, reading and fishing. He served in the Queens Own Rifles and prided himself as Canadian. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

In respecting Fred’s wishes, he was cremated and there will be no Funeral Service held. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Fred to the B.C. Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, #600-890 West Pender Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6C 1J9