Frederick ‘Fred’ George Schutz of Rimbey, Alberta passed away peacefully with family at his side on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at the age of 98 years.
Fred was born in Trochu, Alberta on October 14, 1920. He lived for 70 years on a homestead in the Blindman River Valley, and then moved to Rimbey where he resided until his death. Fred was an award-winning writer, as well as a naturalist and historian. He travelled the world and loved exploring and adventure. He spent many hours sharing his knowledge of nature, animals, birds, and the land. Fred’s interests included: photography, bird watching, astronomy, and collecting antiques and artifacts. He was a founding member of the Ellis Bird Farm, and Pas-Ka-Poo Park and Museum. He was the recipient of many awards for his contributions to Alberta and local history.
Fred will be missed by his sister, Dorothy Barker; his nephew, Allan (Joyce); his nieces: Maureen (Les), Carol (Abe), and Donna; eight grand nieces and nephews; his very good friend, Maxine O’Riordon; as well as his many friends and neighbours. Fred was predeceased by his parents, Gertrude and Charles; his brother, Allan; and his nieces, Lorraine and Loa.
A special thank you to the dedicated and professional staff at the Rimbey and Red Deer Hospitals for their exceptional care.
A Celebration of Fred’s Life was held at the Rimbey United Church, 4931 - 51 Avenue, Rimbey on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Margaret Lange officiating. A reception followed. If friends desire, memorial tributes in Fred’s Memory may be made directly to the Ellis Bird Farm, Box 5090, Lacombe, Alberta T4L 1W7 (www.ellisbirdfarm.ca). Condolence messages may be forwarded to the family by visiting: www.ofc-ltd.ca
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