FREDERICK "FREDDIE" DUNBAR
1939 - 2021
BORN
1939
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel
1099 Gordon Street
Guelph, ON
DUNBAR, FREDERICK "FREDDIE" It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we share the passing of Frederick William Dunbar ("Fred"), in Mississauga, on November 18, 2021. Fred was born in 1939, in Woodstock, NB, to parents George and Ann Dunbar and raised in Brantford and Hamilton, ON, where, in true Fred fashion, he stirred things up! Fred was married to the love of his life Helen (Clark) for 46 years and in a house full of laughter and adventure, together they raised Leah and Keith. One of his greatest enjoyments was watching his children grow up whether it be at hockey rinks, dance recitals, or family trips to cause trouble in international destinations. Fred was a football player, athletic therapist, devoted Argo and Guelph Gryphon fan, lover of ice cream, artist (a secret skill!), and the guy you wanted to sit beside at a party. He always had a story to tell, a mischievous twinkle in his eye, and a laugh ready to share. Wherever Fred worked or lived, the welcome mat was always out; he loved helping others and it was second nature to him. Fred impacted countless people through his years as an athletic therapist at the University of Guelph and the Toronto Argonauts, and as an instructor at Sheridan College. For over 25 years, Fred and Helen extended the love they had for each other into Dunbar Medical where they supported Canadian athletics and healthcare across the country. Friends and family would often turn to Fred for advice on injuries and life. How many times have we all heard the phrase "put ice on it!" Of his numerous accomplishments, Fred was named Trainer of the Year in 1974, inducted into the University of Guelph's Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Hamilton Hurricanes' Hall of Fame in 1988, and he was a founding member and first president of the Ontario Athletic Therapist Association. While proud of his awards, one of his greatest accomplishments was the many, many friends he made over the years and stayed in touch with. Fred had an unparalleled ability to connect with people. While we are all just so very sad we want to say wow, what a wonderful life he had! Resting at Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel, visitation will take place on Thursday, November 25th, Friday, November 26th, and Saturday, November 27th, from 1:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Gilbert MacIntyre & Son, Hart Chapel, 1099 Gordon St., Guelph. Due to COVID restrictions, guests must RSVP their attendance using the link below his obituary on his memorial page at http://www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com. If necessary, you may call 519-821-5077, to reserve a time slot. No proof of vaccination is required but masks are mandatory and social distancing will be in place. In lieu of flowers, we would like to continue Fred's legacy and impact in athletic therapy. Donations in Fred's name, can be made to Sheridan College to support athletic therapy students and programs, https://www.sheridancollege.ca/support/ways-to-give/memorial.
Published by Toronto Star on Nov. 21, 2021.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Nov
25
Visitation
1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel
1099 Gordon Street, Guelph, ON
Nov
25
Visitation
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel
1099 Gordon Street, Guelph, ON
Nov
26
Visitation
1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel
1099 Gordon Street, Guelph, ON
Nov
26
Visitation
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel
1099 Gordon Street, Guelph, ON
Nov
27
Visitation
1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel
1099 Gordon Street, Guelph, ON
Nov
27
Visitation
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel
1099 Gordon Street, Guelph, ON
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Helen, Leah and Keith - We are saddened to hear of Freddie´s passing. What a wonderful man, trainer, and husband/father. I recall many conversations as he wrapped my ankles day after day, gave me treatment for numerous injuries, and when we kidded him about being on a `five day trial´ when he started with the Argos :). Sense of humour, professional, personable, loving his family, his laugh and smile, trusting, capable. He made everything good and was a source of strength. We send our prayers to you from Calgary. Blessings on you all in the coming days and years. Peter and Janet Muller
Peter Muller
Friend
November 25, 2021
Helen, Leah, Keith, and family, I'm so very sorry for your loss. I do and always will remember my time at Dunbar Medical (and especially Fred's jokes and sense of humour) fondly.
Adam Sharpe
Work
November 24, 2021
Sincere condolences to the entire Dunbar and Clark families, our thoughts and prayers are with you
Frank Pellegrini
November 24, 2021
To a man deeply committed to all of his endeavours. You helped 1000s, in and out of the sport. The humour and advice kept me going and inspired. You are so missed. Alan MacLean
Alan MacLean
November 23, 2021
My sincere condolences to Helen and family. Fred was a gifted trainer in addition to being a mentor and friend to all who were privileged to know him at Guelph. He will will always be remembered for his wisdom, wit and compassion.
Paul Gilson
November 23, 2021
Great trainer, wonderful human being. My deepest sympathies. RIP Fred.
Paul Whaley
November 23, 2021
Condolences to Helen, Leah, Keith and the family. IO meet Fred When I was only 10-years old he got the job of water boy boy for the Hamilton Hurricanes He's kneeling next to me in the 1966 hurricane's team photo and got me a job at At Sam Manson's sports 1968 as he worked in the the art and silk screen part He Had a lot Patience
Richard Elliott
November 22, 2021
I think back to my teaching and coaching in the early '70's at Centennial C.V.I. and Freddie was so generous with his time and of course, his ever present humor. Remembered fondly. Bill Reid
William Reid
November 22, 2021
Condolences to Helen, Leah, Keith and the family. An honour and pleasure to have shared time with Freddie. A life well lived.
Frank Cox
November 22, 2021
In the world of sports, you were never with anyone forever. But Fred left the impact on every player with Argos. He will always be with them. He cared for all of us. And we also cared for him. His laughs and jokes lit up the world every day. May his star shine bright. Fred thanks for everything. James Curry number 74 Argos .
James Curry
Work
November 22, 2021
Our hearts are heavy, our thoughts racing and our memories are many. Thanks, Uncle Fred for just being you. To Aunt Helen, Leah and Keith, we share your sadness.
Ron and Laurie (Pearce) Hanson
Family
November 21, 2021
Dear Helen and Family: My sympathy Helen to you and your family at this time. It was my honour and pleasure to call on you and Fred, we shared some laughs and good times at your office. His experience and knowledge will not be forgotten. Thoughts are with. Sincerely Brian Walsh
Brian Walsh
Work
November 21, 2021
Bernadee & Ed Learn
November 21, 2021
Fred saved my life...The world has just become less kind with the passing of Freddie. We are poorer for the loss of his infectious laugh and indomitable spirit. We send our love. Tom and Jackie Trifaux.
Tom Trifaux
Family
November 21, 2021
We´ll miss you Fred. Argo alumni meetings won´t be the same without your dedication and sense of humour.
Rob Malich
Friend
November 21, 2021
Just thanks for your guidance and memories.
Loretta Bresolin
Friend
November 21, 2021
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