Fred Rufiange

Fred Rufiange

Fred Rufiange passed away quietly with loved ones by his side on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary. He was born on October 22, 1936 in Dapp, Alberta.

Fred was the 8th of 11 children born on the family farm to parents Raoul and Blanche Rufiange, growing up in a large, loving family. The Rufiange family was self-sufficient with everyone playing a role in making the farm run smoothly. Going into town (Westlock) was a “big deal”, and Fred would be sent to the neighbors to see if they needed a ride or a list they needed picked up. Fred was raised in a devout Catholic home and never missed a Sunday Mass, and their bedtime prayers always included the Rosary.

Fred’s first job was at Port Radium, NWT on Great Bear Lake where he worked at a refinery. Throughout the years he worked in many different places including Dapp, Fort St. John, Tuktoyaktuk, Edmonton, Penticton, and in 1970, Fred settled into his own business in Rossland, BC. His move to Fernie in 1974 brought a new ownership in a new gas bar at the Fernie Esso where he remained the friendly face behind the counter for over 20 years.

He loved Fernie and enjoyed hunting every fall, fishing in the summer, berry picking, camping and visiting. Fred made many friends at the Esso and cherished every relationship. He volunteered at the Holy Family Parish; he was a 3rd Degree Knight and was also involved with the Society for Community Living.

Fred was predeceased by his parents Raoul and Blanche Rufiange, brothers Leo, Guy and Remi, his sister Rea Knott and brothers-in-law Ray Knott and Alex Dotto.

He is survived by 3 sisters: Denise Dotto, Sister Jean Rufiange F.J., and Olive (Rod) Argue, 3 brothers: Ivan (Gail), Edward, and Patrick (Betty Ann), a special friend Kathy Eldridge and her son Morrell, and 3 sisters-in-law: Ruth Rufiange (Leo) Jean Rufiange (Guy) and Mary Rufiange (Remi) as well as numerous nieces and nephews, dearest friends and extended family.

Fred will be remembered as a firm believer in helping others and his commitment to God.

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