Mar 26, 1921 - Oct 30, 2012
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Our dear father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend passed away peacefully at home with family by his side. Granddad was pre-deceased by wife Elizabeth, common-law wife Pauline, daughter Yvonne, and brothers Walter and Will. He is survived by daughters Deborah (Greg), Julia (George), stepdaughters Helene (Al) and Lucie, grandchildren Chelsea, Christina, Ace, Elizabeth and Madison, great granddaughter Callie as well as many other grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews connected through family ties. Fred would also wish to remember all of his family and friends living far and away, especially those in Eastern Canada and Europe. Our father was an amazing "keeper of records" which has afforded his family the opportunity to know, with precision, his life and family tree. He would hope that his offspring continue to record important details to ensure current and future Coustol generations are knowledgeable about their family history.
Dad was born in Bridlington, Yorkshire, England to Charles Frederick Edmund Coustol (son of a silver merchant and banker in Frankfurt) and Mabel Cowley (daughter of an Anglican minister on the Isle of Man), but lived most of his childhood years in Frankfurt, Germany going to school and becoming a very accomplished violinist. His family moved back to England where Fred worked on the family farm until he was old enough to apprentice as an electrician and be called into the British Army in 1942, serving with the Royal Engineers Unit as a sergeant trained in explosives and bomb disposal. Shortly after the war ended, and being fluent in German, he soon obtained an interesting position with the Intelligence Division of the REU. During this time Dad met and married Elizabeth Hoyer in Bottrop, Germany on July 12, 1947. What followed was a difficult time for Fred and Elizabeth, losing their first child, Yvonne, to Tuberculosis Meningitis in 1952. To hopefully get over their grief and start a new life, they sailed from Southampton to New York on the R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth and settled in Edmonton, Alberta where Dad worked for Transport Canada from 1953-1976 and Deborah and Julia were born and raised. Fred retired at the age of 55, moved to Vancouver Island with our mother and enjoyed building and selling homes until they unfortunately felt the need to separate. After moving to the mainland, another new life began. Dad met and fell in love with Pauline Devar in 1984, staying with her until she passed away in January 2011.
Frederick Rossell Coustol's long life ended recently after succumbing to a 20-year battle with prostate cancer. Not once did he complain or feel sorry for himself but rather chose to be positive and seek healthy advice to make every living moment the best it could be. Granddad believed that every day alive was a blessing and should be enjoyed. He also believed that good fortune was to be shared and modeled this by giving whatever he could afford to help others. Our father and friend loved unconditionally and will be dearly missed.
Fred's celebration of life will be held at Julia's on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 2-5 p.m. Family and friends are welcome.
Published in The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Times from November 7 to November 15, 2012