BRUEMMER, Fred, CM, Dr.h.c., R.C.A.
1929 – 2013
Passed away peacefully after a life well lived, surrounded by loved ones at home on Tuesday, December 17th. Born Friedrich Karl von Bruemmer in Riga, Latvia, of Baltic German descent, he survived the Russian gulags and immigrated to Canada in 1950. He worked as a gold miner, freelance photographer and journalist, and as a reporter for The Gazette in 1963. The call of the North lead him to divide his time between Montreal and the Arctic for 30 years, chronicling in words and pictures the vanishing way of life of the Inuit and the animals, flora and fauna. Author of a thousand articles and 25 books including Seasons of the Eskimo, The Arctic and Survival. He realized his childhood passions, becoming a naturalist, researcher and world traveller. A member of the Order of Canada, member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Dr.h.c. University of New Brunswick. He is survived by Maud, beloved wife of 50 years, his two sons, Aurel (Johanne) and René (Angela), his grandchildren, Sarah-Maud, Kira-Ann, Renée–Jade, Matthew, Owen, Marie-Elaine Miron (Éric), Jean-François Miron (Isabelle), and their children, Vincent- Xavier, Félix, Ève and Mathilde. Also survived by cherished nephews George (Susie) and Arist (Choo-Choo), and their children Kristie, Nadia, Jennifer, Matthew and Andrew. Survived by his sister Heddy, predeceased by brother Arist and sister Hella. We would like to thank the staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital Cardiology department, in particular Dr. Madgi Sami, a dear and treasured friend, and Dr. Nadia Giannetti and Roxanne Chartier for their kind and generous care. We would also like to thank Dr. Petr Kavan of the Oncology department at the Royal Victoria Hospital and the nurses at the Oncology unit. Visitation will take place at the Kane Fetterly funeral home, 5301 Décarie Blvd, corner Isabella, on Friday, December 20 from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. www.kanefetterly.qc.ca Funeral services will be on Saturday, December 21 at 10 a.m. at St. Philip's Anglican Church, 25 Brock Ave. (near corner of Sherbrooke St. W. and Westminster Ave.). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation, cardiology or oncology. www.royalvic.com
Published in The Gazette from Dec. 19 to Dec. 21, 2013