Obituary - Avis de décès
9 October 1937 -
4 November 2019
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband,
father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Oscar Frederick (Fred) Eyolfson,
after a lengthy illness, on Monday, November 4, 2019, at the age of 82, at
the E.M. Crowe Memorial Hospital in Eriksdale, MB.
Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife of 60 years Betty; daughter
Joanne (Gil); son Bill (Mary); grandchildren, Allyssa, Rachel, Jason
(Shari), Tyler (Aimee), Brianne and Jarod; five great-grandchildren; brother
Lorne; sister Shirley; brother Bill (Evelyn); sister-in-law Gloria; brothers
and sisters-in-law, Helen, Doris, Oluf, Ruby (Joe), Dennis (Wendy), Valerie
(Harold), Linda (Rick) and Carol; along with many nieces, nephews and
special friends, John and Dot; Joe and Alice; and John and Joy.
He was predeceased by two infant sons; his brother Dave; brothers-in-law,
Jim, Sonny, Albert, Clarence and Ed; also sisters-in-law, Janet and Vicky.
Fred was born on October 9, 1937 in Lundar, MB, the fourth child of Oscar
and Pauline Eyolfson. Fred grew up in Lundar and had many fond memories of
his childhood including playing snooker in his Uncle's pool hall, where he
won many trophies, and playing hockey in the outdoor rink. He was especially
proud of his days playing hockey. Fred played defense and was part of many
winning teams and he was also invited to Winnipeg to try out for the New
York Rangers hockey team.
Fred married the love of his life Betty in 1959.
He joined the federal
government as a radio operator. This job took them to Churchill, Melville
and Regina where he became a radio inspector. They also lived in Ottawa
where Fred attended Carleton University and completed his Registered
Industrial Accountant course, earning the medal for top marks in Industrial
The family then moved to Winnipeg where Fred became the Manager of Finance
and Administration for D.O.T. After the family moved to Lundar, Fred became
the General Manager of the Winnipeg International Airport and retired from
the government while in this position. Many years after Fred retired he
continued to receive phone calls from previous employees thanking him for
his mentorship. Fred and Betty then started a new chapter by starting an
accounting business in Lundar which served the surrounding communities for
many years. After retiring from this business, Fred started golfing and
could often be seen by all early risers as he headed out on the course as
the sun was rising. He enjoyed spending his winters with Betty, first in
Florida then in Qualicum Beach. At home he was kept busy mowing the lawn,
enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, and in the last few years
loved and looked forward to his morning coffees at Danielson's Garage and
coffee with his brothers on the weekend.
Fred was very knowledgeable in all topics and it was almost impossible to
stump him. He enjoyed driving around his property "the land" and
appreciating the beauty around him.
The family would like to thank Dr. Kansara and his nurse Christine, the
staff of CancerCare Manitoba, E.M. Crowe Memorial Hospital and Lundar Health
Clinic for their excellent and compassionate care.
As per Fred's wishes, there will be no service.
In lieu of flowers, if so desired, donations may be made to CancerCare
Manitoba Foundation Inc., 675 McDermot Ave., Room ON 1160, Winnipeg, MB R3E
0V9 or to the Pauline Johnson Library, P.O. Box 698, Lundar, MB R0C 1Y0.