McBEAN, Frederick George – On November 18, 2011, Fred opened the door and stepped into another world. Beloved and loving husband of Margaret Irene (Seed) McBean and proud and devoted father of four sons and their wives and adored Grandpa of eight grandchildren: James and Patricia (Samantha and Amanda), John and Sharon, Jeff and Janet (Sean, Scott, Paul and Cory), Jordan (Benjamin) and the light of his life, his great granddaughter, Briar. Fred was born and raised in Winnipeg, and during the Second World War was a pilot instructor in the British Commonwealth Training Programme in Western Canada. Following the war, Fred moved to Toronto, Ontario, where he met Irene, and they were married in 1948. Fred was a long time employee of B.A. / Gulf Oil in the marketing and refinery departments of that company, and upon his retirement from Gulf Oil, joined the Lummus arm of Montreal Engineering, where he was responsible for the final overall project engineering stages of the Ontario Hydro Bruce Heavy Water Douglas Point plant, in Port Elgin, Ontario. Following his work at Lummus, Fred joined NewGrade Energy in Regina where he was Director of Engineering for the heavy oil upgrader in that city. In 1987 Fred and Irene retired to the place they had always envisioned ending their days, White Rock, B.C. Fred was a man of many talents – family man, gentleman’s gentleman, friend, mentor, golfer, curler, gardener, photographer, traveler, and he and Irene felt truly blessed that they were able to visit many parts of the world during their retirement. Fred was predeceased by two sisters, Nancy Gilmore and Connie Morrison and one brother, William McBean, and is survived by one sister, Hazel Coates. There will be a Service of Thanksgiving for Fred’s life to be held at Victory Memorial Park on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Though Fred loved flowers, donations in memory of Fred to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
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