Frederick Whitford

Obituary of Frederick Lavern Whitford

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Frederick Lavern Whitford passed away peacefully on January 18, 2020 in the presence of his guardian Gaylene Archibald and several of his care givers from Rehoboth Christian Ministries. Fred was born August 11, 1948 to Leon and Ardelle Whitford in Trail, BC. Early in Fred’s life it became clear that he had developmental disability. At age 4, under the recommendation of his doctor, he was placed in Woodland Institution in Burnaby, BC, where he resided until the age of 21. He then lived in various group homes in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island - the most recent being Land’s End where he resided for 26 years. It was here that his cousin, Debby McLetchie heard about Fred and his need for family involvement in his care. Over the next 5 years, Deb and Gaylene took Fred on one-week vacations at various locations on the Island. Then the Team Leader of Fred’s home brought him for a visit to Deb and Gaylene’s home in Three Hills. He enjoyed the visit, the rodeo, but most of all was delighted with a gathering of all his cousins from this area. He finally had family. The theme of family was a frequent topic of conversation and was the driving force for his desire to make a new home in Three Hills. Debby took up the task of all the arrangements, the move, the settling in and walking alongside him as he made the adjustments to the change. What a loyal and loving cousin she was. Fred enjoyed this, the last phase of his life. The care givers at Rehoboth Christian Ministries gave him a comfortable home, loving care and loyal hearts. He had a cup that says Beneath the grumpy exterior beats the heart of a dashing hero. They discovered and thoroughly enjoyed the dashing hero. Fred was predeceased by his parents, and is survived by his brother Donnie Whitford and his sister Helen Brown.

Memorial Service

11:00 am
Friday, January 31, 2020
Trochu Baptist Church
210 Poplar Ave
Trochu, Alberta, Canada
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