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Born: Feb 23, 1950

Date of Passing: Jul 19, 2020

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February 23, 1950 – July 19, 2020

With heavy hearts, we announce that Fred passed away on July 19, 2020 in St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 70 years.
A prayer service with visitation will be held at Korban Funeral Chapel, 907 Main Street on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Korban Funeral Chapel on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. with Fr. Michael Winn Rector from Holy Spirit Seminary, Edmonton, AB officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, 4000 Portage Avenue.
Due to Covid guidelines and limited people allowed in attendance, please contact the family if you want to attend either the Wednesday night prayer service or the Thursday afternoon funeral service.
Fred was born in Washington, DC to Rufus Malcolm Curry and Kathleen May (Belcher) Curry on February 23, 1950. He went to high school at Kelvin and graduated in 1968. He went on to earn a Master's Degree in Philosophy and City Planning from the University of Manitoba. He worked as a Teacher's Assistant for the University of Manitoba for many years. He enjoyed jogging, walking, yoga, bird watching, playing guitar, singing, wood carving and cheering on the Blue Bombers. He loved animals of all types.
Fred is survived by his siblings, Kit Palfy (Lou) St. Albert, Jaylin Doe, Nick Curry (Debbie Lindsay), John Thistlethwaite (Lorraine), Tom Thistlethwaite (Tracey Johnson); his brother-in-law Richard Hudson; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He is preceded in death by his mother Kathleen; his father Rufus; his step-father John Thistlethwaite Sr. and his youngest sister Rosalind Hudson.
The family would especially like to thank Sara Jane Friesen, Dr. Ben Fultz and all the staff at the Dear Lodge ALS/Motor Neuron Disease Clinic and Dr. Neil Craton for their kindness and assistance with Fred.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Deer Lodge Centre and specify the ALS/Motor Neuron Disease Clinic, online at, by phone at 204-272-8911 or by mail at: Deer Lodge Foundation, 2109 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3J 0L3 with a note specifying the ALS/Motor Neuron Disease Clinic.

Korban Funeral Chapel
(204) 956-2193

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 21, 2020

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • The world was a better place with you in it, Freddie. I have always valued our long, long friendship and our shared love of sports and music. I am so glad that we spent some time when I was last in Winnipeg and you will live in my heart forever. - Posted by: Laurine Laxer (Friend) on: Jun 02, 2021

  • I was just doing some research on our Mosher-Curry connection. I’m so sorry to find Fred’s obituary. Too young! My sister Debra and Fred were neighbours for years, and of course, I remember working with Nicholas Mosher Curry. It was Fred who brought our cousin-ship to Debra’s attention. What a wonderful photograph and such special memories and tributes! My deepest sympathy to all Fred’s family and friends. God Bless XO - Posted by: Sara Mosher (Cousin) on: Mar 01, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to Fred’s family. Comfort and peace to all of you. I met Fred at St. Ignatius. Fred was an amazing musician. Fred served generously the community of St. Ignatius throughout the years. Fred taught me about zoning variances and the importance of reading the notices publicly set up. I went to meetings and read at the library so I could have some sort of a conversation with Fred. Fred was a kind, generous person with a heart and voice for the unspoken. May Perpetual light shine upon Fred. - Posted by: Carol Lawrence (Friend ) on: Jul 28, 2020

  • Met Fred 60 years ago when my mom worked for the family. She would often bring one of us along. Had quite a disagreement with Fred over whose Mom she was. He told me that she was his Mama Dyck and not mine. The day did not go well for me, but mom explained it was just a nickname. Many years later when Mom passed away, Fred called frequently to see how I was making out with the loss. His compassion and caring was so wonderful at that time. And now the angels in heaven will give Fred more of the love, compassion and caring he so well deserve. Say hello to Mama for me. Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Marlene Dyck James (Old family friend) on: Jul 25, 2020

  • Fred has been in our family and extended family for over 50 years. We had many, many, adventures together over that time including helping us establish and run a pizza business early in our careers. What a crazy collaborative experience that was! But it formed bonds that would last a lifetime. For years he would play his guitar for us in our living room, cabin, out camping and around campfires, special occasions, wherever we were, and weekly at St. Ignatius and other churches. He was always genuinely spiritually aware and perceived things from that standpoint. He enjoyed camping and the outdoors and once visited us when we worked at a fire tower in Quetico Park. He loved the raw nature. In the '70s the three of us were employed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Our job was to tramp through the bush counting deer droppings! Those were good times. He stayed with us at our remote cabin for extended periods whenever he could and the memories of fishing, star gazing and learning the constellations, and generally commuting with nature together could never be forgotten. Playing guitar around the woodstove or campfire and interacting with the children was something we considered normal back then, but we knew we were making memories that we would cherish. In the later years he was always helping others. To help hold the community together, he worked for the elderly and those who didn’t have a voice or the skills to navigate city planning, or a range of other issues. Always with no expectation of remuneration or reward. Fred took up carving and we have several of his creations. He was also an avid reader and passed on many books... He attended many special occasions with us and kept in touch always interested in updates. He was Uncle Fred to our kids and many of the kids in our ‘Ohana. He was Godfather to our eldest daughter Jacqueline in 1977. He will be missed and we will remember the many times we enjoyed together. He was an Intellectual, an amazing Mathematician and a thoughtful Philosopher. In our family he was a Brother, Uncle and Friend. We fully expect that we will fish and sing together again. We cannot travel but know that we are there. Ted & Bernice Cottingham - Posted by: Ted and Bernice Cottingham (Friends) on: Jul 22, 2020

  • I met Fred at Grosvenor school and went to a dance party at his home in grade 6. We followed each other through school, graduating from Kelvin high. What I remember the most about him is how incredibly smart he was. I ran into him many times in my old neighbourhood when I returned to Winnipeg to visit family and friends. I enjoyed the wide range of topics that would come up as we stood on the corner on Wilton Street. I send my deepest sympathies to Fred's family and friends for this sad loss. - Posted by: Marilyn Foxford (old school friend) on: Jul 22, 2020

  • When I was 4 years old, I recall returning home in tears from my first day of kindergarten. My teacher had ridiculed me for coming to school and not knowing how to tie a bow in my shoe laces. My 'dour and mysterious' oldest brother Fred took me aside, and quietly and persistently showed me how to tie a bow over and over until I had it right, and I could face the next day at school without dread. Whatever odd face he chose to show the outside world over the years, 51 years later, that is the real Fred I always saw beneath the often crusty exterior. I believe our Mother blasted a hole in that teacher the next day, and I still dislike shoes that require me to tie the laces every time. But I will always think of Fred when I do. - Posted by: Tom Thistlethwaite (baby brother) on: Jul 22, 2020

  • Fred was a faithful parishioner of St. Ignatius and often came to the 9:00 p.m. Mass. I sang at that service and Fred often helped with the sound. He had a great ear for music and was always kind and helpful and knowledgeable. We also shared a love for the Byzantine traditions. May he rest with the angels. Vichnaya Pamyat! - Posted by: Celeste Krochak (Friend) on: Jul 22, 2020

  • Fred helped out greatly in our church family teaching us to sing for various services. Will be remembered fondly for his zeal in making sure we all sang with our hearts as well as our voices. Fred will be remembered and prayers offered for Fred and his family. Grant onto him Eternal rest!! - Posted by: Linda Skromeda (Church friend) on: Jul 22, 2020

  • My prayers and sympathy goes to Fred's family. He was an amazing musician. I sang with him many years and fully enjoyed his gift of music. I will always and forever remember Fred for he gave me so many moments of Joy through his guitar and especially his prayerful connection in song. I loved singing with him. May God hold you in the palm of his hand and under the shadow of His wings and give you peace my friend. - Posted by: Jill Ostanski (Friend) on: Jul 22, 2020

  • May God be with a wonderful caring “Vespers" friend. Fred left a deep impression on us. Dorothy Labay - Posted by: Dorothy Labay (Friend) on: Jul 21, 2020

  • I loved to participate in Vespers and other prayer services which Fred would lead in the singing. Fred had a true gift for music. Eternal rest grant unto to him O'Lord. - Posted by: Lydia Firman (Friend) on: Jul 21, 2020

  • My prayers and sympathy to Fred’s family. He was an interesting, generous person, kindly remembered. Memory eternal. - Posted by: Rachel Ramberran (Friend) on: Jul 21, 2020

  • So appreciate Fred's love of music. I'm sure I share fond memories of many as we sang and prayed Vespers together. Memory Eternal! - Posted by: Linda Kuehn (friend) on: Jul 21, 2020

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