Ferdinand Beyer

In Memorial

Our father Ferdinand (Fred) Beyer passed away peacefully with family at his side on Saturday morning, Feb. 1st at Ridge Meadows Hospital. Predeceased by his parents Albert and Regina; sisters Helen, Ev & Lil and brothers Al and Larry. He is survived by his wife Joan of Maple Ridge, sisters Rose from Kelowna and Minnie of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Also missing him are his children Greg (Karen), Kevin (Heike), Rebecca (Alojzy) and Corinne; Grandchildren Ben (Courtney), Colin (Amy), Simon (Ashley), Graeme, Erica, Ryan, Kyra and Janay; and Great Grandchildren Camryn and Anders.
Born in Steinbach, Manitoba, March 31st, 1927 he grew up in Brokenhead until age 17 when he decided to come out West to Maple Ridge. As a young man his journey’s took him through Trail, Yellowknife, Flinflon and Ocean Falls working in mines and the lumber industry which would play an important role in his life. He settled in Maple Ridge at age 23 where he married Joan to raise their family of four children.
His energy was always amazing. He found the time to finish grade school, attain his G.E.D. , attend college, move from green chain, to tally man, to sales manager at BCFP, Hammond. True to his character he was a good provider, always involved in community and church, and delighted to be called to help with 1983 summer games in Maple Ridge and the citizen assembly on electoral reform for BC. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, curling, bowling and dancing even after he became legally blind.
As a member of the local CNIB and white Cane Society, his active participation in the blind curling group led to several Provincial championships and a Western Canada Title as Skip. Over the last few years, as he struggled with his several medical issues, including his battle with Prostate cancer, it became ever more important to keep family close.
Special thanks to Doctors Henstock, Herrington, Yu, and Hyams for taking care of him these past few years and especially his nurses Amanda and Rachel and Fraser Valley Health staff too numerous to mention.
The celebration of life will take place on February 15th at 1:30 pm in the Garden Hill Funeral Chapel located at 11765 224th Street, Maple Ridge. In lieu of flowers donations to a charity of your choice will be appreciated.
A man of courage, fortitude, endurance and independence, we will miss him.

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  1. Graham Mowatt :

    I just wanted to say how sad I am to hear that Fred has passed. He was an incredible man and it was an honour to have known him, work with him, share his laughter, and to hear his wisdom on so many issues. Although you didn’t mention it in the obituary, Fred was an incredible member of the Maple Ridge Lions Club for a long long time. It was there that my dad and I got to know and love him. I know that dad knew him for a long time prior to him joining the Lion’s Club and that he really appreciated his friendship and willingness to always help out. When I was President I could always count on Fred to do more than his share and when no one else was available, Fred’s hand would always go up. He always had a good thing to say about people, a smile and a great attitude. A person always had a great feeling after parting company. Maple Ridge has lost one of it’s great ones. He has truly been a great citizen. I will miss him. ( I will be unable to be at the service as I will be out of town. I will be there in spirit however.)

  2. Harry and Norma Neufeld, Gail Neufeld and Taunia, Nathaniel and Alana Sabanski :

    We were so very sorry to hear about Fred’s passing. My father speaks so often of fond memories of world travel with Fred. And of course Fred will be sadly missed at Tuesday morning coffee along with other gentleman pals that have met there over the years who are no longer with us.
    May you know the warmest prayers are being sent your way, to hope the lasting love of God and all His healing care, will be with you throughout this time to ease the loss you bear.
    With sympathy, caring, warm friendship and love.

  3. My thoughts ad prayers are with and your family at this time Joan
    Sincerely, Gail

  4. Tim and Penny Harding :

    It was with great sadness that Penny and I received news from Kevin that my
    Uncle Fred had passed away.
    Penny and I would like to express our sympathy to my cousins Greg(Karen), Kevin(Heike), Rebecca(Alojzy), and Corinne and families.
    We are unable to attend the “Celebration of Life”, but we will be walking togeather and thinking of Uncle Fred, during the service.
    Thank you,
    Penny and Tim Harding

  5. I am truly sorry I can’t be with you on this day of sorrow and rejoicing a life well lived. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love,
    Aunt Rose

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