Thursday, January 18, 2018

Frederick Charles Livingstone


Frederick Charles LivingstoneFrederick Charles Livingstone was born April 13, 1938 to Allen and Florence Livingstone of Drumheller, Alberta. Fred was the youngest of seven children. One sister, Stella, died in early childhood.

At age 15, Fred went to the rigs to work and spent the “shut down” time of the oil patch working in the rail yard at Drumheller. He also was a wrangler in the mountains west of Calgary. Fred was a competent horseman and loved the back country. He developed a healthy respect and significant fear of bears during his mountain experiences.

Fred’s education was “on the job training” supplemented by courses required for advancement in the industry. He had firsthand knowledge of all tasks on the drilling rig and had an intuitive ability  for problem solving. He was highly respected on the job.

Fred and Oriole met when he landed in hospital and she was the nurse tending to his medical needs. They were married in 1961. The oil industry called the family overseas and together with their 3 children, Teresa, Fred Jr., and Patrick they worked and lived in Australia, New Guinea, Mozambique, Singapore, Scotland, Malaysia, Malta, and Iran. Fred worked off shore in Canada and for years prior to his retirement was a drilling consultant for the K2 Potash mine near Esterhazy.

Fred LivingstoneFred had a very fine singing voice and besides his silly songs, he sang the old hymns with passion and understanding.

The last few years Fred and Oriole spent part of the winters in Arizona. He played in the desert exploring the terrain in his Tracker with his like minded friends and spent quiet, quality time with his wife.

Fred liked to read history and cowboy westerns. He liked good country music. He was generous to his church and to his family.

His faith in his Saviour, Jesus Christ, allowed him to end his days saying:

“Rejoice. My time on earth is done and I go to a new beginning with our Lord.”

He will be greatly missed.

Frederick was predeceased by his parents: Allen and Florence; his sisters: Stella in infancy and Rosemarie; his brother Allan; his brothers-in-law: John Bartch and Floyd McReynolds; his father-in-law George Nelson; his mother-in-law Esther Nelson; and his sister-in-law Barbara Nelson. He is survived by his loving wife, Oriole; his children: Teresa (Carey) Luedemann of Norquay, Fred Jr. (Thelma) of Cochrane, AB and Patrick (Lilia) of Norquay; his grandchildren: Michael, Ethan, Zack, Kalyna, Calum and Emily; his sisters: Thelma (Pat) Todd and Wilda McReynolds; his brother Albert (Evelyn); his sister-in-law Ruth Livingstone; brothers-in-law: Dwight (Anne) Nelson, Lyle (Caroline) Nelson, Larry (Gwen) Nelson and James (Judy) Nelson; his sister-in-law Yvonne (Forbes) Van Dellen; uncle Robert (Paula) Haglund; and many nieces and nephews.

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Fred Livingstone