Frederick Albert Feuz (1919-2017)
Fred was born in Golden, B.C on Feb. 13, 1919 to Elise and Ernest Feuz who had come over from Interlaken, Switzerland as CP Railway had hired Ernest for alpine mountain guiding in the Rockies and the Selkirks. He spent his early years at Glacier House in the Rogers Pass before CP Railway moved them to the Swiss Village in Golden, B.C; they had built to accommodate the Swiss Guides and their families. His earlier experiences included working as a busboy at the Chateau Lake Louise and later on, skied in to the various lodges and cabins to remove the snow off of the roofs as in the winters the lodges were closed. He also worked for the Department of Highways around Golden. He hunted and skied in the backcountry with his cousin, Syd Feuz and hunted mountain goats with his dad.
Fred served as an airplane mechanic in England during WW2. When he came back to Canada, he eventually opened up a cafe in Golden which he operated for about ten years. He met his wife, Sheila (Kinsey) and they married on October 10, 1949 in a double ceremony with Sheila’s sister, Sylvia and Willie Hautala. Fred and Sheila lived above the cafe for a time as they started their family of 5 kids. They moved to Nelson, B.C where they had their 6th child.
Fred worked at the Department of Highways, Survey Division and also had his own Renault dealership. Fred and Sheila decided to move to Salmon Arm in 1968 and resided in that home until they moved to Shuswap Lodge in the spring of 2015. Fred was then moved to Hillside as his health deteriorated and he later passed on.
When the family moved to Salmon Arm, he worked in mill construction around the province including in Lavington and Vavenby. He also worked at Canoe Beach doing repairs and maintenance. After he retired, he took up hiking and mountain climbing in the Rogers Pass and around Golden with his cousin, Syd Feuz and later on with his oldest daughter, Darlene and friend Blake Nobles. He loved the mountains, and hiked well into his eighties. Fred and Sheila walked every day, sometimes up to 4 miles or more in her 80’s and his early 90’s.
Fred had an insatiable curiosity of many things especially mechanical and loved to take things apart, enhance, repair and put back together. He also enjoyed invented various tools to make tasks easier, for example, a pea podding machine. He put windshield wipers on the back window of his ’59 Ford which people were amused by at the time. He bought a ‘movie camera’ in the 1950’s and was happy to record family and community events. Later on, he obtained a camcorder and continued to record. He was self-sufficient and enjoyed repairing everything himself. Another of his interests was health and fitness including doing yoga in his late 50’s and 60’s. Fred kept busy in his late 80’s and early 90’s in his workshop and in his home making rings, bracelets and modifying watches.
Fred is survived by his wife of 67 years, Sheila, his children, Darlene, Debbie (Rob), Dawne (George), Terry (Lisa), Julie, Vicki (Devon), 9 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, his sister, Alice and nephews Reg and Ed. There will be no service by his request.
” The mountains are calling and I must go…..”
Online condolences may be forwarded to the family through Fred’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com