Manfred (Fred) Meier, a life-long resident of Alberta, died unexpectedly on August 28, 2015 at the age of 83 surrounded by his loving family. Fred was many things: devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother, uncle, adventurer, practical joker, violinist, dance instructor, and above all our best friend.
Fred is survived by his spouse, Frieda Meier; his children: Ingrid and Mark; his grandchildren: Matthew (Angela), Ryan, and Rachel; his great-grandchildren: Luke and Rose; and his brother, Willi. He is predeceased by his parents, Wilhelm and Elsbeth Meier.
Fred was born in Goertelsdorf, Germany on February 25, 1932. He trained there as a journeyman baker and immigrated to Canada in 1952. After being interviewed at the Leduc Bakery by Frieda, she hired him and then married him on October 1, 1953. The following month they purchased the bakery and began selling their famous poppy seed strudel. The next year Fred and Frieda welcomed their first child Ingrid, followed by Mark, and they became the most important part of Fred’s life.
Fred was a devoted father and avid adventurer. He enjoyed travelling and has visited over 65 countries. His children and grandchildren have fond memories of road trips through the Rockies. He and Frieda loved to entertain their friends and family, with great parties and family dinners. They eagerly accepted grandchildren and great-grandchildren for overnight visits and pancake breakfasts. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm on September 9, 2015 at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 11223 51 Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6H 0L5. In lieu of flowers, a donation to The Canadian National Institute for the Blind or The Alberta Cancer Foundation is welcome.