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May 29, 1920 - January 2, 2013
He goes before us yet, in our hearts, he has not gone. It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Fred Maluta. Fred was a true gentle man - an honorable husband, loving father and patient grandfather who lived a wonderfully long, full life with integrity, compassion, care and respect and lived it in gratitude everyday of his life. He will be missed, always loved and never forgotten. Fred was born in Postup, Manitoba, the only son of William and Minnie Maluta and educated in the Shortdale School District. In 1941, Fred enlisted in the Royal Canadian Armed Forces - Postal Corp and served in Canada, Netherlands and England. After returning to Canada following the end of WWII, he took over the family business - the General Store in Shortdale, MB. Within a short time, he met the love of his life, Rose, who he married in August 1947 in Roblin, MB. In January, 1949, Fred and Rose moved to Flin Flon where they established their own family grocery and meats business - Maluta's Cash & Save. There, Fred played an integral role as a founding member of St. George's Ukrainian Orthodox Church (1953) and served as parish president for many years. He was also very active in the community as a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Flin Flon Chamber of Commerce, Kinsmen and Order of Oddfellows and was an early supporter of St. Andrew's College of Winnipeg, MB. During their years in Flin Flon, Fred and Rose raised their two daughters. Retiring in 1973, Fred and Rose spent the next 20 years wintering in Llano Grande Lake Park, Texas and summering at their lake-front cottage on Big Island Lake just outside of Flin Flon. During this time, Fred and Rose travelled the world, made many friends and experienced great joy in hosting many of them on fishing excursions in northern Manitoba. In the fall of 1994, Fred and Rose gave up their warm winters to move to Calgary in order to be close to their growing grandchildren, but continued to summer at their beloved cottage and reveled in the joy of their grandchildren's annual summer vacations with them. Fred was an avid fisherman and loved to take his many guests on daily fishing excursions on the many lakes of northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan; however, nothing brought him greater joy than to take his grandchildren fishing. Included in the highlights of his fishing career was receiving his Manitoba Master Angler's status for landing a 26 lb lake trout in 1963 and taking his grandson on a West-coast salmon fishing trip in 2004. In Calgary, Fred continued his service to the Royal Canadian Legion by actively participating in the annual Poppy Fund drive honoring his Lifetime Membership status with over 70 years of service. Fred was also a very active member of St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Congregation and Golden Agers club. He was instrumental in establishing the Order of St. Andrew - Calgary Chapter and continued to serve the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada in various capacities including as an honorary elder brother. Fred lived his life in service - to his fellow man, his community, his church and his God. Fred leaves behind his loving wife, Rose, of 65 years, daughters Alicia and Marcia, grandchildren Adam and Emma Bolt, sisters Olga (Boychuk) and Stella (Lelyk), five nephews, three nieces and their families and was predeceased by sister Mary (Tyzuk). May his Memory be Eternal. In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored by your donation in memory of Fred to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (www.heartandstroke.com) or St. Andrew's College Foundation (29 Dysart Road, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M7). Relatives and friends are invited to Evening Prayers at St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Church (404 Meredith Road N.E., Calgary) on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Graveside Service will follow at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with Fred's family through www.evanjstrong.com. Arrangements in care of EVAN J. STRONG FUNERAL SERVICES. Telephone: 403-265-1199.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2013