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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Fred M. McKelvie, 75 on Sunday, April 12th, 2009 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ontario.
Fred was born on September 12th, 1933 in Fort Frances, Ontario to the late Albert “Mac” and Doris McKelvie.
Upon graduation, Fred worked for Mando as a camp clerk until 1952 and then went to work in the local mill. In 1956, Fred purchased the upholstery shop in Fort Frances and began the trade of upholster and rug installation.
On September 15th, 1956, Fred was united in marriage to Connie Howells. Together they raised four children. Fred, Connie and family moved to Dryden, Ontario in the fall of 1967 where Fred worked for R.A. Gill Ltd. at their Husky Bulk Plant.
In 1972 Fred returned to his old trade doing upholstery and rug installation. In the spring of 1989 Fred and Connie moved back to Fort Frances and built their home on McKelvie Island, Rainy Lake until 2000 when because of ill health they bought their home in Fort Frances to spend the winter months and returned to the Island for just the summer months. On September 15th, 2006, Fred and Connie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Fred was a member of the Canadian Order of the Foresters. He loved curling, playing cards and doing many jigsaw puzzles in the last few years. He was also an avid duck hunter before his ill health stopped him from doing the many things he enjoyed. Fred was a jack of all trades and taught his three sons his many talents.
Fred is survived by his loving wife Connie, sons Mark (Kim) of Fort Frances, Michael of Fort Frances and daughter Marilyn (Marcel) Turpin of Dryden and brother Robert (Mary) of Ridgefield, WA. Also surviving are grandchildren, Dustin, Sean and Chris Turpin, Mandy Labbe, Allan, Holly and Shenice McKelvie; sister-in-law Donna McKelvie of Fort Frances, many nieces and nephews, and his loyal friend Shiloh.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date on McKelvie Island, Rainy Lake.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Kenora-Rainy River District Lung Association or the Canadian Cancer Society in care of Green Funeral Home, Box 427, Fort Frances, Ontario P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be made at www.MeM.com