With heavy hearts, but with gratitude for his long, satisfying and productive life, we announce the passing of Fred Jauck at 104 years of age, on March 1, 2023. Fred was born on June 5th, 1918, on the Jauck Family Farm near Duval, Saskatchewan. He was the second youngest of eleven children, seven brothers and four sisters.
Fred taught school for a number of years in a one-room school house in the small prairie town of Zeneta, Saskatchewan. With the outbreak of World War II, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and was transferred to Sea Island, BC. Once there, being a man of strong Christian faith, he sought out the nearest Lutheran Church, where he was smitten by the beautiful blue-eyed red-head in the pew in front of him, Esther Schormann. They were married in 1944.
After the war, Fred enrolled at UBC, in Vancouver and graduated with a degree in Commerce. He later completed a C.O.A. in office and business management and labour relations at U.B.C. In the early 1960’s he completed a two-year course in Hospital Management at the University of Manitoba.
Fred worked for over thirty years in various departments of The Government of British Columbia. In Social Services, he worked at the Old Age Assistance Board in Vancouver. In the Department of Health, he was Hospital Administrator at Pearson Hospital, Vancouver. Fred ended his Civil Service career as Personnel Director in the Public Service Commission, Valleyview, Coquitlam.
Upon retiring at the age of sixty, he organized his own consulting service to work with various non-profit organizations in the building of social housing and long term care units. This included a move to Victoria, BC where he provided direct administrative services to the Luther Court Society for twelve years.
In thankfulness for his many blessings, Fred served on Boards of Director for many non-profit organizations in Victoria. These included The Abbeyfield de Mezey Memorial Retirement Home, Friends of Music Society, Anawim Companion Society, Kiwanis Club of Victoria, and the Luther Court Community Association. Fred was on the Social Ministry Committee of his church, Lutheran Church of the Cross. He was a volunteer at The Upper Room and the Open Heart Society and canvassed for the Kidney Foundation, the Cancer Society and the Diabetic Association.
Fred was pre-deceased by, and is reunited with his dear wife, Esther, and all his siblings.
Left to rejoice in a life well-lived and to cherish memories of many happy family events are his daughter, Roberta Fritz (Bill) and his son, Mark Jauck (Vigdis), his grandchildren, Ron Fritz (Kirsty), Laura Fritz (Carlo Carpio), Jonathan Fritz (Lori), and Danielle Fritz (Peter Holmes), as well as Andrea Jauck and Matthew Jauck (Ash-Lee) to whom he is “Opa”, six great grandchildren and five great, great grandchildren. He has had cherished ongoing connections to his nieces and nephews.
His family is grateful for the loving care and companionship shown by his “Victoria Family” at Lutheran Church of the Cross, Trillium Highgate Lodge, and most recently at Luther Court. We are also thankful for the kindly, attentive care of his family physician, Dr. Tim Troughton.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Fred on March 25th at Lutheran Church of the Cross, Victoria, at 2:00 pm.