Frederic RIDLEY

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RIDLEY, Frederic Neville
Passed away peacefully on February 23, 2013. Eldest son of the late Edmund N. and Phyllis F. Ridley; born in Calgary, Alberta June 14, 1916. Predeceased by the love of his life, Cara Lee (Smith) Ridley on June 27, 2006 to whom he had been married for almost 63 years. He is survived by his daughter, Abby Johnson of San Rafael, CA, his son Robert F. Ridley of Ladner, B.C., his daughter Sarah L. Ridley of Vancouver and his granddaughter, Kimberly Ridley of Campbell River, B.C. Also survived by his brother Robert M. Ridley and his wife Delia of Morgan Creek, B.C., his sister-in-law, Alison Andrews of Seattle, WA and many nephews and nieces. Predeceased by his other brother, Wilfred H.M. Ridley of Toronto in 2005. Fred's public school education was in Strathmore, Alberta and followed with a BA degree at the University of Toronto in 1939. In 1941 he joined the RCNVR in Windsor and went on active service in the Atlantic from April 1942 until 1945, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. On return to civilian life in 1945 he was employed in the forest product industry by Glaspie Lumber companies, Powell River Forest Products and MacMillan Bloedel from which he retired as a marketing executive in Head Office in 1981. In retirement he was an active volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society becoming President of the B.C. and Yukon Division, National Director and Honorary Life Member. He was a Life member of the Vancouver Club, a golfing enthusiast and Life Member of Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club, Vancouver and past member of Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, CA. Fred was a highly respected, loyal, patient and kind gentleman who always put others first before himself. He was an extraordinary role model for his children, and in his professional life he was touted as visionary, well organized and diplomatic. He had a wonderful sense of humour but a very modest demeanor and he always gave exceptional support to his family and friends. The family sincerely thanks Sheila Lawson for her love and support during the last five years. She made his latter years complete and he loved her dearly. We also wish to thank Cora Blanco for the extraordinary caregiving she provided during the last two years. A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family would gratefully appreciate contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. & Yukon Division, 565 West 10th Ave, Vancouver, B.C. V5J4J4 or the B.C. Cancer Foundation, 200-501 W. Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z4C2.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2013
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