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Fred Mathias Wolbert

February 24, 1949 - April 1, 2020


Fred, deeply loved, is remembered for his devotion to family and his gentle spirit. Fred will be forever missed by his wife Edith van der Lee, daughters Leanna, Wendy & Katherine, sister Maria (Richard) van der Lee, uncle Gustle (Maria deceased) Wolbert, uncle Walter (Katie) Wolbert, his six grandchildren and a warm circle of family and friends. Fred was predeceased by his brother Walter and his parents Oskar and Anna.
Fred was 8 when his family crossed from Germany to Canada on board the M.S. Arosa Sun. He met his high school sweetheart Edith in Lethbridge; they married in 1971, backpacked for 2 years through Australia, New Zealand and Europe before settling down to raise their 3 daughters in Edmonton. Fred’s love of nature took him and his family every summer to the forests of Western Canada for weeks of hiking, swimming, camping and living life to the fullest in the great outdoors.


A graduate of SAIT, Fred put his smarts to work at the original Edmonton Telephone company. Beyond his career, he loved the challenge of doing his own carpentry and car repairs, always finding innovative ways to make things last longer. Fred divided his retirement years between Edmonton and beautiful Nelson, BC, where you were likely to find him on the beach with his grandchildren.


Above all, Fred valued family, freedom and the natural world. Possessions meant little to Fred, aside from a good sun visor. Instead, he found deep contentment in a ray of sunshine, a flower blossom, a beautiful view. He gave the best hugs, cheered the loudest at our smallest achievements and was always there to hold out his comforting hand. Steadfast, good-humored and loving, Fred is missed intensely by those lucky enough to have known him.


We will be arranging a celebration of Fred’s life when his circle of loved ones can gather together. Guests will be invited to eat their dessert first, as Fred would have wanted.


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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Ron and Pat Krukewich
Relation: Neighborhood friends

Edith, we were shocked and so saddened by Fred’s passing! Sending hugs and much love to you, the girls and their families.

From: Jay North
Relation: past co-worker

My condolences to the family. I enjoyed working with Fred at ED TEL, He was a good person who took pride in his family and often spoke well of Edith and the girls.

From: Bruce Vander Zon Brouwer
Relation: Neighbours and Friends

We grieve with you in the loss of a wonderful friend and neighbour. May God continue to give you strength and may the knowledge that Fred is waiting just on the other side in Heaven at the end of life’s journey. We will see him again.

Our deeps sympathy to Edith, Leanna, Wendy and Katherine … from your neighbours the Vander Zon Brouwer’s Louise, Jim, Bruce and Marcus

From: Bob Hiew
Relation: Co-worker and friend

My deepest condolence to Edith and family. I was shocked and saddened by Fred’s passing. I enjoyed working and socializing with Fred when we were working together. Fred was always cheerful and positive and he did not have unkind words for anyone. His easy-going manner was infectious and he was fun to be with. There is no doubt in my mind that he will be missed by everyone who knew him.

From: Chris and Hanna van der Lee
Relation: Brother in Law

We miss your warm smile and always kind and gentle dementor. Edith, Leanna, Wendy & Katherine and family’ we wish you many moments of happiness reflecting on the wonderful times you had with Fred ! He was a wonderful Husband, dad and grandpa, brother, brother in law and so much more..Love you All
Chris Hanna and family 😘🙏🏼

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