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Born: Nov 29, 1937

Date of Passing: Dec 08, 2022

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1937 -2022

On Thursday, December 8, 2022, at the age of 85, Fred passed away peacefully at the Seven Oaks Hospital.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife Christine and son Riley (Marie). He is also survived by his sisters, Sumire and Kay, brother Ron (Lily), the Oike family and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Fred was predeceased by his parents, Takaji and Sue, sisters, Yume and Hana, brother Roy, brothers-in-law, Hiroshi Tahara, Shigeru Hirayama, Stephen Tazumi, Robert Yamamoto, sisters-in-law, Yoriko Kaita and Amy Kaita, niece Kathy Inouye and nephew-in-law Ronald MacArthur.
Fred was born on November 29, 1937, in New Westminster, British Columbia. He was the third son and youngest of the seven Kaita children. The family relocated to Manitoba in June of 1942 when Fred was three years old. Fred completed high school at St. John's Tech and graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. In 1961 Fred graduated with an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. Fred worked in Toronto for a short time before he moved back to Winnipeg to begin a 33-year career at the Manitoba Telephone System.
Fred married Chris in 1991 and the arrival of their son Riley came in October 1996. Riley was one of Fred's greatest joys. The birth of Riley gave Fred the opportunity to embrace fatherhood. He said that parenting often times tested his patience yet was the most rewarding and fulfilling experience of his life.
Fred enjoyed a long retirement. He was an avid gardener, and many people were the beneficiaries of his bountiful harvest each year. His yard was a beautiful display of flowers, particularly canna lilies, roses and begonias. He enjoyed many summers at Tall Timber Lodge, fishing, playing cards and spending time with family and friends.
Fred was very active within the Japanese Canadian community in Winnipeg. He volunteered and was mayor of the Japanese Pavilion, was an active member of the Japanese Canadian Citizens Association and was a member of the President's committee from 1984 to 1988 when the National Association of Japanese Canadians gained redress for their forced relocation from the Coast of British Columbia.
Fred will be remembered for his love of life and of course, the Kaita laugh. You always knew when he was in a room by his distinctive laugh. He loved people and he loved to party! He was a kind soul, patient and generous to a fault.
We would like to say thank you to family and friends for their unwavering support during the past few years of Fred's illness. Thank you to the many home care aides who assisted Fred to be able to stay home for as long as possible, especially Susan, Blake and Edward whom he had a particular fondness for. A special thank you to the nurses, care aides and cleaning staff in Unit 3U2 at the Seven Oaks Hospital and especially Dr. Finlayson for his kind and compassionate guidance near Fred's end of life.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, January 14, 2023, at the Manitoba Buddhist Temple, 39 Tecumseh Street at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Manitoba Buddhist Temple or the Japanese Canadian Association of Manitoba.


Publish Date: Jan 7, 2023

1937 – 2022

Peacefully, on Thursday, December 8, 2022 Fred Kaita passed away at Seven Oaks Hospital at the age of 85 years.
A memorial service will take place on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at Manitoba Buddhist Temple, 39 Tecumseh Street.
A longer obituary notice to run on Saturday, January 7, 2023.


Publish Date: Dec 17, 2022

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 17, 2022, Jan 07, 2023

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • We are so sorry for your loss Chrissy -- hoping that you will find comfort in all the memories you and Fred made and that you will find strength in the difficult days ahead. Dick and Dina - Posted by: Dina and Dick Reid (friend) on: Jan 07, 2023

  • We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Our sincere condolences to Chris, Riley and the family. - Posted by: Rose, Filip and Pedja (Friends) on: Jan 01, 2023

  • Chris - Our sincerest condolences in the passing of Fred. He is really going to be missed by you and your entire family. We were lucky to have known him. - Posted by: Fred & Doris Kriegl (Friend) on: Dec 30, 2022

  • Dear Chris, Riley and family Sending you prayers and comforting hugs on the early passing of Fred. He had a wonderful life and loved his family, always a gentleman. Everyone should be blessed with a brother, uncle and friend like Fred. Cheers! - Posted by: JAN ROCHELLE (FRIEND/TAXLADY) on: Dec 19, 2022

  • Fred was a wonderful gentleman who was kind and had a great sense of humour. Our love and hugs to Chris, Riley and the family on the loss of Fred. - Posted by: Melody (Friend) on: Dec 17, 2022

  • My relationship with Fred began in 1965 when I married David Dyck, a member of the William Dyck and Sons business; I was Fred's secretary in the hatchery for 2 years. During this time I came to respect and love your dad, working with and for him. His tender kindness was always present, as was his sense of humor. His knowledge was shown in humbleness. Being a part of this family while living in Niverville also showed me how loved and respected he was in the greater family and community. After I moved to California I continued to hear news about Fred and his family and how he continued to have an impact on my greater family and in the entire community. My sincerest condolences go out to all of you, his family, children and grandchildren; his life was well lived and he will not be forgotten. - Posted by: Hildegard Dyck (Friend ) on: Dec 17, 2022

  • Barb and I send our sincere condolences to the Kaita family and all of Fred's many, many friends who will miss him dearly. A wonderful smile and a laugh none of us will forget. He will be welcomed in heaven for sure. Barb & Jim Campbell - Posted by: Jim Campbell (Family Friend) on: Dec 17, 2022

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