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FREDRICK DUNSMORE

FREDRICK ROY DUNSMORE It is with loving sadness that we announce the passing of Fred Dunsmore on May 13, 2014 at Riverview Health Centre, at the age of 85. Fred was predeceased by his parents Orval and Isabel and brother Bill. Fred will be remembered forever by his wife Margaret and three sons Jeff, John and Dan. Daughters-in-law Karen, Mary and Nancy. Grandchildren Tara, Kristy (Justin), Cathy (Mark), Andrew, Rachel, Calli and Matty. Great-grandchildren Molly, Julia and Milla. Fred was born in Winnipeg on March 30, 1929 and grew up in the West End. Fred was a gifted all round athlete in hockey, football and baseball. Fred came out of Daniel MacIntyre Collegiate as an all-star quarterback at 15. He was a star in the senior amateur hockey ranks, spending two seasons in the early 1950s with Streatham in the English League. He was voted rookie of the year in that league. Fred and Margaret enjoyed living in London and exploring Europe together. He then returned to Winnipeg to join the Maroons. He was the perennial star forward and captain of the "Red Wreckers" senior squad. In the 1964-65 season he led the Maroons to the Allan Cup Championships, one of five national finals in which he appeared. He played for Canada's national team at the World Championships in Finland in 1966. From 1945 and into the 50s, Dunsmore was a third baseman and pitcher for the old Rosedales and the St. Boniface Native Sons. Fred declined numerous pro contracts in order to get his degree as a Chartered Accountant. Fred went on to become vice president and general manager of Supercrete Ltd. and was a finalist in the voting for Manitoba's Athlete of the Century in 1970. Fred was a loving and caring man. A great husband who always put his family above all else! Aside from all his accomplishments, Fred always spent quality time with his family. Never one to miss an early morning practice and always willing to coach when needed. Larger than life with a heart of gold! Fred took great pleasure in being a member of the Winnipeg Squash Club where he made many lasting friendships. June 22, 2014, Fred and Margaret would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. A service to celebrate Fred's life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 19, 2014 at Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd. A special thank you to the staff at Riverview for their care and compassion in Fred's last days. Family and friends may sign a Book of Condolence at www.glenlawn.ca Glen Lawn Funeral Home 204-982-7550

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 17, 2014

Guest Book(9 entries)

  • My sincere condolences to the Dunsmore family. Fred was my hockey coach in the 60's. You know how you meet people in your life who have a major impact on how you want to live, well, Fred was that person to me. I guess I feel this way because he gave me a chance. A kid from a different area, to play hockey for one of his championship teams. All the great memories of hanging around with Jeff and spending time at his home. One of the last times I saw him, Margaret and Fred were walking through a parking lot at Zellers and I walked up to him and said "Hi Coach" and him saying to Margaret "there's one of my boys".
    - Posted by: Larry Pitre (fred was my hockey coach) on: Jun 25, 2014
  • Fred Dunsmore was an amazing all round athlete who could play any sport and excelled at three: hockey, football and baseball. He was inducted into the MB Sports Hall of Fame in 1989 and was always a gentleman. Our sympathies to Margaret and family... I'm sure he's up there playing a pick-up game with fellow hall of famer Ken Little as we speak.
    - Posted by: Rick Brownlee (MB Sports Hall of Fame) on: Jun 18, 2014
  • I am saddened to hear about Fred's passing.... I always will remember all the escapades on Burning Bush Bay with the Dunsmores and the Wyndels.... Fred will stay in my mind as a true gentleman...
    - Posted by: Daniel Zurgilgen (Friend of John and family) on: May 20, 2014
  • Sorry to hear I really enjoyed working with Fred back in the old larfarge day's
    - Posted by: Tony giancola (Freind) on: May 19, 2014
  • My condolences to Margaret and her family. I remember Fred from our days at Malachi in the mid 50s to late 60s. Fred always looked at the lighter side of life and was a real gentleman. I'm sure he will be missed. Gord McLean, North Vancouver
    - Posted by: Gordon McLean on: May 19, 2014
  • 29 Burning Bush was the place to be as a kid growing up. Fred and Margaret were the perfect hosts. Enduring images. Fred peeking over the backyard fence into the park where we played football throwing barbs at our "weak" play until we invited him to play. Or those Grey sweat pants and green sweat shirt / jersey. He would literally pin 3 of us at a time as we tumbled around the living room trying to take him down. Sharpest wit, you could choke on your food laughing at any one of those thousands of meals they invited us kids too. Fred and Margaret exuded warmth and friendship like few others could. Here is to hot dog and chips night.
    - Posted by: Gary Cox on: May 18, 2014
  • So sorry to hear - a great person, sportsman and much admired and appreciated close neighbour from across the lane at Downing Street. I can still hear Dad's whistle-call to break-up the back lane ball catching exercise for supper ! Many fond memories. Fred and Ken Little can now continue their fun games again. I and many others had a valued association with these sports greats.
    - Posted by: Harold McCort (Friend and former neighbour) on: May 17, 2014
  • It is with profound sadness we learn of Fred's passing. Without his knowing it Fred has been a role model for me since his days as standout junior ballplayer in the Rosedale organization. Fred was the ultimate competitor blessed with a confidence streak that had him wanting to be the difference maker in any game he played. He was a true sportsman playing within the rules of the game. Blessed with wonderful athletic skills at a time when there wasn't much money in sports. Fred must have recognized the value of an education and while he could have fed his ego in professional sports he made the sensible choice of a career in Chartered Accountancy. He didn't lose his competitive nature which he satisfied by competion at the highest amateur levels in hockey and baseball as well as enjoying golf, squash and other. I was fortunate to see the character and competitivenes of Fred up close as a teammate on senior ballteams(St Boniface Native Sons) and hockey (Maroons). Fred is adding to the Rosedale roster upstairs... Rettie, Little, Warren, Nicol, Swindlehurst, Hind, Baron and other greats from that team!! Charlotte and I send our condolences and fondest best wishes to Margaret and all of the Dunsmore family.
    - Posted by: John & Charlotte Rendall (Friend) on: May 17, 2014
  • Fred was an acquaintance from the 1950's. I remember riding home on the Sargent bus after work, sitting with Fred and talking about the Wpg. Goldeye game that evening, and Fred telling me that old friend Terry Hind had asked him to be the Goldeyes pitcher that evening. And he was the winning pitcher that evening. A real sportsman and a true gentleman. He will be missed.
    - Posted by: GARY WHYTE (FAN) on: May 17, 2014

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