Monday 16 December 2013

Remembering former Tommie Fred Savoy

We said farewell to our beloved Fred on December 13, 2013 at the QE2 Hospital in Halifax. Born in 1947, Fred grew up in Dalhousie, NB.

He excelled in sports and after high school went to Ontario to play Junior hockey. When he returned to New Brunswick he was a proud member of St. Thomas University's Varsity Men's Hockey Team where he finished as captain. Fred's passion for hockey continued all the way through to Old Timers Hockey and as an active coach with both the Woodstock Minor Hockey Association and the Woodstock High School Team.

Fred also had a well-accomplished baseball career. He is on the Dalhousie Sports Wall of Fame (member of the Dalhousie Dodgers Provincial Championship team) and led the Restigouche Baseball League in hitting averages on several occasions. Fred went on to play in the NB Senior Baseball league in Marysville and Woodstock, winning the provincial championships with Marysville in 1973.

Photo Credit:
E. Fitzsimmons
Fred graduated from St. Thomas in 1972 (BA) and 73 (BEd) and went on to work for 30 years in various roles in the education system, mainly in the Woodstock and Oromocto school districts. He ended his career as principal of Sudbury West School in Fredericton Junction.

Fred was a proud Canadian. He loved golfing, reading, cooking meals for Linda, and watching sports, always cheering for the Maple Leafs and the Dodgers. Most important to Fred was his family. His smile was never as beautiful nor his eyes so bright as when he was with them.

Fred will be deeply missed by his wife Linda, his beautiful daughters Sarah (Mansoor Amir) and Martha (Jason Archambault), grandson Daaniyal Amir, mother-in-law Elsie McCarthy, siblings: Judy, Lynn, Bonnie (Emerson), Joe (Jocelyn), as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Fred will be greatly missed by his many friends and his in-laws, to whom he was like a brother: Jan (Don), Cheryl (John), Dinah (Mike), Pat (Lucie), Tim (Gwen), Keith (Mary), Paul (Terri).

He was predeceased by parents Cele and Walter.

The Celebration of Life Mass will be held at the Holy Family Church, Hanwell, on Tuesday, December 17th at 2pm with reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brendon Oreto Foundation or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

We will be ever grateful to the amazing staff at the QE2 and we encourage everyone to be organ and blood donors. The importance of these gifts of life cannot be overstated.

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