FOX, Charles Frederick (Fred)
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Born with cerebral palsy (CP) in 1966, Fred (Charles) fought to live life to the fullest on his own terms, inspiring many people along the way with his positive attitude, strength, sense of humour, and tenacity. His sudden, unexpected passing leaves us bereft and sad beyond words. He was predeceased by his mother, Margaret, and is survived by his father Terence, sisters Kelly & Sally, niece Julie (Hooman), nephew Ben, aunts Mavis, Carol & Ann (UK), uncles Roger (Shaheen) & John (Jenny; UK), and a host of boisterous cousins and their children. Also grieving are his many friends, among them retired West Van firefighters, West Van bus drivers, fellow CP athletes, plus the caregivers & patients he met along his life's journey, especially in the last 18 months while recovering from a fractured femur in LGH and Evergreen. Fred was determined, loyal, could be charming, and was acerbic when he felt it was merited. In his younger days, Fred enjoyed field sports, winning several medals in CP sports events in Bruges, Ft Worth, New York & Windsor. Fred rode horses, coached sports, and taught computer & life skills. He loved fishing, hunting and Labrador retrievers. Lately it would take Fred an hour just to put on his socks, and he was constantly in pain, but he was always upbeat and kept us all laughing. We miss him so deeply that nothing can ever be the same. A Memorial Service will be held at the Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Van at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation or your favourite charity.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2012