Mar 29, 1928 – Jan 22, 2018
It is with very heavy and broken hearts we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Fred Rollison, on Monday morning January 22, 2018.
Until his final breath Fred was a kind, generous loving devoted and “gentle” man. Predeceased by his son, Andrew, Fred leaves behind to mourn him his beloved wife of sixty-four years, Chris, loving daughters Gillian (Tony, Thomas & Jessie, Samuel), Lynn (Gordon, Nicholas, [Chanel, Emma & Mariena] & Alexander) and Jennifer.
Fred died as he had lived; gracefully and surrounded by and in the arms of his family. Fred was full of love and possessed an almost impish joy. He loved to tease and joke, sing and whistle. Music, particularly classical music, was a very important part of Fred’s life as was his love of fishing, dancing and square dancing and the large community of people and life-long friends and travel the square-dancing community provided both Fred, Chris and family.
Fred was a gifted artist and craftsman and he made his living as an upholsterer. Many of our homes are filled with the exquisite furniture Fred made for us. Fred and Chris had a keen sense of hospitality and collected stray people into our lives who often became lifelong friends. We often shared many wonderful meals together with Fred Always giving his generous input.
Fred was born in London, England. The youngest of twelve, on March 29, 1928. Fred and Chris emigrated to Nanaimo with their four children and made a loving home. With lots of love and laughter he and Chris built a new life in Nanaimo. They loved it in Canada. They raised their family eventually welcoming husbands, grandchildren and great grandchildren into their lives. Each and every one meant a great deal to Fred and Chris.
A special thank you to Gordon Cote who loves Fred and Chris as if they were his own parents. Fred adored Gord and Gord gave so much in time, love and patience to our Dad’s life. We are grateful to him.
We will be having a service for Fred on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm.
A private family interment to follow at Cedar Memorial Gardens.
No flowers please. If you so wish, please make a donation, in Fred’s name, to the Heart and Stroke foundation or the Canadian Diabetes foundation.
“Good night sweet prince, good night” (Shakespeare).