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FREDERICK GEORGE ELLIS (FRED)

Born: Sep 17, 1929

Date of Passing: Aug 30, 2021

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FREDERICK GEORGE ELLIS
September 17, 1929 – August 30, 2021

"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory."

Dr Seuss

Born in Winnipeg, MB, son of George and Winnifred Ellis. Predeceased by his parents and his brother Alvin.
Survived by his wife of 70 years, (June 1951) Sylvia, and his five children: Deborah, Sally, Leslie, James and Tracey; special daughter-in-law Lori, sons-in-law, Mark and Harold, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Fred's sister Pat Lister of White Horse, YT, referred to her childhood brother as the boss of Nora Street, where they grew up. At a very young age in the 1930s he had a crew of children delivering papers, collecting scrap metal and sharing the profits with his crew.
During the 1950 Winnipeg flood, worked alongside others keeping pumps across the city working.
Early in the 1950s with a partner, Fred started Notre Dame Electric.
He started Dominion Armature Works with another partner in the early 1960s. Their main focus was motor rewinding and service which kept numerous manufacturing plants in Winnipeg operating, 24-7. Together they designed and patented a concrete extrusion machine, which continues to be a backbone in building construction today.
In the 1970s Fred purchased and expanded a small fastener company in Winnipeg, naming it DAW Steel Products Ltd. In the late 1980s he started a small diecasting company, Indutec Alchemist. Through out his career, Fred's drive to create and patent many new products was the force that kept him working well into his 80s.
When asked about his greatest achievements, he would say his family. Many of his children inherited his entrepreneur spirit and business successes.
In 1959 Sylvia and Fred purchased a cottage at Big Whiteshell Lake. There he taught his children about respect on the water. Safety of utmost importance. Swimming, boating, water skiing, fishing, all summer long while he commuted on weekends. Eventually leaving Big Whiteshell for Rush Bay, Lake of the Woods. There he fell in love with sailing and passed on this experience with his children and grandchildren. At one time he took sailing lessons in Puerto Rico, a surprise to many, as he was self taught in so many of his achievements!
In the 1960s, Fred and Sylvia started travelling to warmer destinations during Winnipeg's winters. It was a time well spent with his best friend and love of his life. Sometimes travelling with friends or family or meeting new ones at their destination. So many memories and great experiences. One of them, in more recent years, a trip to see his sister Pat and family in Whitehorse!
Fred loved to curl and was an enthusiastic supporter of the Heather Curling Club. He was a Past President and Honorary Member. Fred and Sylvia both curled, had many friends there and some great fundraiser parties! Remember the Hawaiian night in February when he was Entertainment Chair?
Fred was a long-time supporter and season ticket holder of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Winnipeg Jets. Tickets were shared with his staff and family and grandsons.
Never missing televised games, was shared with others via phone calls during and after the games!
Fred and Sylvia have remained in their home until Fred's recent stroke August 18, 2021, when he was hospitalized. Thank you to the Home Care Assistance staff who took such good care of him.
Celebration of Fred's life to be held September 23, 2021 at the Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere, Winnipeg, at 2:00 p.m. Attendance by invitation due to Covid restrictions.
Flowers gratefully declined. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or personal choice appreciated.

"Safe travels Dad"

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 11, 2021

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • We were next door neighbours to the Ellis family in the 50's & 60's on Egerton Road in St. Vital. I hold many wonderful memories of fun times & friendship with all their kids and remember Fred & Sylvia as such a lovely couple. Sending sincere condolences to Sylvia and the family for their loss. - Posted by: Barbara (Perry) Marshall (Former childhood neighbors) on: Oct 02, 2021

  • I had the pleasure of meeting Fred some 25+ years ago while on a business trip to Winnipeg and built a great working relationship with him. Fred was a real gentleman and business man. It was always a pleasure to work with Fred. Over the years, I got to meet his lovely wife Sylvia along with most of his children, and it was a pleasure Fred was a well respected person in the window and door industry and will be sadly missed by the old staff at Mila Hardware and (Denmark), along with the other companies he worked with Fred will always be in my heart. - Posted by: Peter Purdy (Friend/Business Associate) on: Sep 21, 2021

  • I met Fred at Multiform Graphics where I worked for 24 years until I retired this year. I would make weekly visits to the office to visit with Harold his son-in-law. I loved his visits as he would always make me smile. He enjoyed pushing Harold's buttons before he would leave. As time went on & he was having trouble with his knees & was supposed to be using a cane I would always say to him I don't see your cane. When the visits stopped I truly missed him. Sylvia, Sally, Harold & Family please except my sincere condolences he will be missed by everyone he touched. - Posted by: Marie Nagam (friend) on: Sep 20, 2021

  • We had the good luck to move next door to Fred and Sylvia more than 20 years ago. Fred always had something to say from the shade of his sunroom as we wondered about all those darn cows in the field. We did discuss the merits of a good Rye versus a better Scotch a few times. Fred was always a gentleman with a smile and a kind word. In the last couple of years Fred was quick to laugh at our jokes whenever he got in trouble chasing Sylvia around the house. We moved this summer knowing there is little chance of getting neighbours and friends that good again. Our condolences to Sylvia and all the family. - Posted by: Donna & Paul Kentziger (Neighbours) on: Sep 18, 2021

  • We had the good luck to move next door to Fred and Sylvia more than 20 years ago. Fred always had something to say from the shade of his sunroom as we wondered about all those darn cows in the field. We did discuss the merits of a good Rye versus a better Scotch a few times. Fred was always a gentleman with a smile and a kind word. In the last couple of years Fred was quick to laugh at our jokes whenever he got in trouble chasing Sylvia around the house. We moved this summer knowing there is little chance of getting neighbours and friends that good again. Our condolences to Sylvia and all the family. - Posted by: Donna & Paul Kentziger (Neighbours) on: Sep 18, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to you, Sylvia and your family! I was fortunate to have the opportunity to meet and work with Fred. His sense of humor had me in stitches often. I enjoyed playing solitary and puzzles with him. We enjoyed the summer going for walks and talks. I truly enjoyed hearing his stories. He is greatly missed! - Posted by: Karen Marshall (Caregiver ) on: Sep 17, 2021

  • We were honored to get to know Mr. Ellis and provide as much help as possible to keep him safe and comfortable at home. He will be missed, he was more then just a client to our organization. - Posted by: Brian Boxall (Care Provider) on: Sep 14, 2021

  • It was a pleasure working for him. Someone to look up to as a person, a man who kept Jesus in his heart as shown at Christmas dinners. Indutec truly was family. God bless you and RIP Fred. - Posted by: Eddie Myran (Former employee) on: Sep 14, 2021

  • The Ellis family were our neighbours on a small stretch of Egerton Road in St. Vital. My memories of those fun times are sweet, including when Mr. Ellis let us play pool on his new pool table. My sympathies to the family - he will be missed! - Posted by: Rae (Friesen) Harwood (former neighbour) on: Sep 11, 2021

  • Sylvia and family, my sincere condolences to you and your family. I have great memories of you and Kathy on our trip to Ireland. They will be together sharing stories and laughs. Bev. Bettens - Posted by: Beverley Bettens (Friend) on: Sep 11, 2021

  • Mr. Ellis or as he wanted to be called Fred was a very nice man, I worked at the DAW steel factory for 5 years when I first came to Winnipeg and he was a generous employer. Always making sure everyone had a turkey and a cash bonus at Christmas. I remember one time having a beer with him and a couple of other guys in the office and Fred telling us how he loved sailing and that he was going south that winter to go do more. Mr. Ellis was definitely a great guy and will be missed. - Posted by: David Scott (Former employee ) on: Sep 11, 2021

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