|Erin Ross Coward with grandpa Fred|
Fred was a wonderful man - he fought for Canada in the fields of France in the Second World War, worked hard all his life, met, fell in love with and married Fran - Shirley's mother, and took Shirley to be his daughter when she was 20 for the rest of his life. Since Shirley's own father had died tragically when she was just 9, this was an amazing and welcome experience.
Fred also adored Shirley's daughter Erin Ross Coward when she was born in 1984 and together they spent many fabulous time together - just the two of them at the zoo or on adventures around Winnipeg.
Fred also was an amazingly patient and devoted care aid to Fran when she fell victim to chronic illness, never complaining about his additional and considerable duties.
There are men you meet in life where the one thing you say above all is - "He's a hell of a nice guy." I was fortunate indeed to have such a man as my father-in-law.
Like my own father, Fred survived the Second World War only to face a deadly enemy much later in life - Alzheimers Disease.
Shirley, Erin and I are very grateful to Fred's son Jeff and his wife Suzanne for the loving support they give Fred in his last years. Our deep condolences go out to them and to all of Fred's family and friends.
Fred's memory will live on in our hearts forever.