GRIM­MER, Fred­eric Dyke­man

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

With sad hearts but joy in a life well lived, the fam­ily of Fred­eric D. Grim­mer an­nounce his sud­den pass­ing on Satur­day, July 18, 2015 at the age of 86. Born in New­cas­tle, N.B. on Fe­bru­ary 8, 1929, Fred was the only child of the late Rev. Harry and Greta (Dyke­man) Grim­mer. He was pre­de­ceased by his first wife and the mother of his four chil­dren, He­len M. (Goucher) in 1992. Fred is sur­vived by his wife Elisabeth Johnsen (McMa­hon) of Grand View Manor, Ber­wick, his daugh­ters Lu­cille White ( Joe) of Oro­mocto N.B., Sarah Grim­mer of Hal­i­fax N.S. and sons John Grim­mer (Me­lanie) of Grand Bara­chois N.B. and Parker Grim­mer (Heather) of Char­lot­te­town PE , grand­chil­dren Jef­fery White ( Jan) of Oro­mocto N.B., Amy Smith (Stephen) of Ber­wick N.S., Dou­glas Eamer (Kerri) of Lively Ont., Mitchell Eamer of Cal­gary Alta., John Grim­mer and Mag­gie Grim­mer of Char­lot­te­town PE, and great grand­chil­dren Jef­fery and Gabriel Smith and Jack and Made­line White, ex­tended fam­ily and friends old and new. He will be re­mem­bered fondly. Fred was a grad­u­ate of Aca­dia Univer­sity earn­ing his B.A. in 1950 and M.A. in 1951 and with great spirit, re­cently at­tended his 65th class re­union. His work in­cluded the in­sur­ance busi­ness and a long and sto­ried ca­reer in both pro­vin­cial and fed­eral ser­vice be­gin­ning in the 1950’s. He served as Re­gional Di­rec­tor Gen­eral for In­dus­try Trade and Com­merce in Fred­er­ic­ton from 1970-1980, Com­mer­cial Sec­re­tary with the Cana­dian Em­bassy in Athens, Greece from 1980-1983, re­tir­ing from fed­eral ser­vice in Char­lot­te­town in 1985. He loved his work, but his last­ing joy was in each per­son he met, and each high­way he drove. Re­tire­ment years were en­joyed fully as they al­lowed for win­ter travel to warm cli­mates and ex­tended sum­mers at the cot­tage on the Bay of Fundy in his beloved Mar­garetsville. He was a pas­sion­ate and tire­less gar­dener, at­ten­tive to his var­i­ous flower and veg­etable gar­dens. A life­long thirst for knowl­edge saw him daily de­vour his news­pa­pers, mag­a­zines and all forms of tele­vi­sion news. A story teller ex­traor­di­naire, he could and would con­duct a con­ver­sa­tion on most any topic given the op­por­tu­nity. He was proud of and so in­ter­ested in the lives of his fam­ily. Ev­ery day he found a new joy in their sto­ries. A man of great faith he served his Bap­tist church com­mu­nity in Mid­dle­ton, Dart­mouth, Hal­i­fax, Fred­er­ic­ton, Char­lot­te­town and Wolfville. His chil­dren wish to thank the man­age­ment and staff of Kings River­side Court, Kentville for their won­der­ful care and friend­ship over the last five years and most re­cently the man­age­ment and staff of Wedge­wood House for Se­niors, Kentville who wel­comed and made Dad feel so at home these last six weeks. To all those who came to Dad’s aid in Mar­garetsville on Satur­day and tried so hard for a dif­fer­ent out­come we thank you for your pro­fes­sion­al­ism, care and sup­port. To honor Dad’s wishes there will be no fu­neral or vis­i­ta­tion. Fam­ily will gather to celebrate his life at a pri­vate ser­vice over­look­ing the bay in Mar­garetsville. In­ter­ment will fol­low in Pine Grove Ceme­tery in Mid­dle­ton. Ar­range­ments are en­trusted to Mid­dle­ton Fu­neral Home, 398 Main St., (902) 825-3448. Do­na­tions in Fred’s mem­ory may be made to the Mar­garetsville Com­mu­nity Hall So­ci­ety, the Mar­garetsville Light­house So­ci­ety or a char­ity of one’s choice. On line con­do­lences and the shar­ing of mem­o­ries can be ex­pressed by vis­it­ing: www.mid­dle­ton­fu­ner­al­


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