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GUBBELS, Frederick Joseph

GUBBELS, Frederick Joseph

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the death of our cherished husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend. Fred passed away at home on August 22, 2017. At his side were his loving wife of 50 years, Penny, and his beloved children, Steven and Karen. Fred was predeceased by his parents, Gerard & Elizabeth Gubbels, brothers Lawrence, Tony and John and sister Dodie Gogo, sister-in-law Milla Gubbels, brothers-in-law Ron Ekstrom and Ken Gogo and nephew Grant McKelvie. He is survived by his children Steven (Julia) and Karen (Randy Ellis) and his treasured grandchildren, Erika, Abby, Lauren and Krista. Fred


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Condolence Messages
  • Oct 29, 2017
    Penny & family, we are sorry to hear of Fred's passing, we will always remember his quiet & gentle personality not to mention how difficult he was to get out on the softball field & what a good athlete he was, always remember the good times.
    Steve & Cristy Trefry
  • Sep 08, 2017
    Sincerest condolences for a wonderfully kind and gentle man. I will always remember his smile and soft demeanor and how welcoming he was when I came by to see Karen. I will not forget his compassion towards my family and I of late and hope that Penny, Karen, Steven and family find peace and comfort in knowing how special a man he was to so many.
    Leona Altenburg and family.
  • Sep 08, 2017
    We were so fortunate to have you in our family. So many good memories and so much effort by Fred to allow our families the great times together. Always the instigator of fun. Fred made every effort to ensure everyone felt included. A very special quality. We will always be grateful how he was there for our family when loved ones were lost. I remember as a young child he gathered all the kids up and let us ask questions and help us through a sad time. He was a speaker for our family, be it memorable eulogies or at reunions. He was the the best. He will be truly missed. Denise, the Warford's and the Kennedy's
  • Sep 07, 2017
    Dear Penny & Family,
    There are some special people you never forget. Fred was one of these. Years ago, Fred & I played fastball together for a few years on a "Teachers' Team". He was not only a fine athlete but more importantly a genuine sportsman.
    We also crossed paths in our career during inter-school sporting competition.
    As others have said - Fred was a caring positive person thus an unforgettable coach to so many. His gift to others lives on.
    Sincerely, Elgin Parker
  • Sep 06, 2017
    I was so saddened to hear of Fred's passing. I will always remember his warm smile, kind heart and gentle spirit. He touched so many young lives throughout his career and made an impact on many. Please accept my sincere condolences at this difficult time.
    Audrey Elliot
  • Sep 04, 2017
    We are so very sorry to hear of Fred's passing and our thoughts are with you Penny and your family as well. It is obvious what a great impact Fred has made on so many lives. He certainly was a very special man. Mary and Jamie Napier
  • Sep 03, 2017
    Fred was the consummate professional to all his past colleagues in SD#23. He was a great sportsman. No matter what sport he took up or coached, he was excellent at. However, where Fred excelled the most was being a family man. He was extremely proud of Karen and Steven and loved his grandchildren like no other. Penny, his bride for 50 years, was his sole mate. He was a cherished friend for over 44 years and Marilyn and I will miss him terribly.
    Lon & Marilyn Brinton
  • Sep 03, 2017
    So very sorry to hear of Fred's passing. He was such a positive person and passed on many life lessons to very many people. It was my privilege to work with him. He was truly gifted in his field. And he made a great CPR Buddy.
    Marilyn Steinhauer
  • Sep 02, 2017
    Dear Penny and family we want to send you our sincerest sympathy. Fred was a gentle caring man who connected with students and staff. He will be greatly missed. Thinking of you at this time, Laurie and Tim Desautels
  • Sep 02, 2017
    I was a student of Mr. Gubbels' back in Grade 7 at South Kelowna Elementary in 1971/72. He made it one of my most satisfying school years, due to his willingness to teach students rather than teaching curriculum. So very sorry to hear of his passing.
    Leilani Weber
  • Sep 02, 2017
    So very sorry to hear of Fred's passing, he was a great person. His conversations were warm and genuine. His love for his family apparent. Hoping that all the great memories will help you get through these difficult times. He will be remembered with a smile.
    Dean Corrado and family.
  • Sep 01, 2017
    Mr. Gubbels was my favourite teacher. I had the honour of being a student of his in Grade 4, 1973-4, at Ellison Elementary (off of Old Vernon Rd, not far from Reid's Corner). I loved school and was called "teacher's pet" by my fellow pupils. I am not sure if this was true ;)
    Penny, I met you at H2O a few years ago and we chatted sometimes in the hot tub. I wish you the best, and please know that we are all thinking of you. Someone like Mr. Gubbels will never be forgotten. An advanced, wise soul. The gates of Heaven are ringing and the angels are singing, rejoicing in such a kind soul coming home to rest for awhile until he may decide to go back and help the earth again, like he helped so many us in this lifetime.
    Angela Lynn Prettie
  • Sep 01, 2017
    Fred Gubbles was my seventh grade teacher at South Kelowna Elementary. I still remember the first day he wrote his name on the board and said, "I know it sounds like bubbles but if you say that you're going to get into troubles!" Fred was a major influence on my life back when I was 13 years old. I visited Fred about 20 years after this when my father bought some hay from him. He remembered me! He was my first male elementary school teacher and the one I remember the most.
    Brent Boehler
  • Aug 31, 2017
    So very saddened to hear of Fred's passing. Any time we ever saw him he had a such a warm and embracing way about him. Life with him must have been so special, Penny, Karen, Steven and all of your families please know we are thinking of you all in this very sad time.
    Love the Murray family,
    Mike, Jane, Novelle, Leo and Emerson
  • Aug 31, 2017
    Only once have I met Fred and Penny. That was back in the late 1970s. I was traveling on my own from Calgary to Victoria and, at the urging of Fred's mom, Liza, Fred and Penny welcomed me - a distant relative who they'd never met - into their home for the night. I left the next morning to continue my journey. I've never forgotten this kind and generous gesture. Now, upon learning of Fred's passing, I'd like to convey my condolences to you, Penny, your children, and to the extended Gubbels family.
    Mary Ann Vanden Elzen (eldest daughter of Toos Vanden Elzen (Gubbels)
  • Aug 31, 2017
    We were very sorry to hear of Fred's passing and send our heartfelt condolences to Penny, Steven and Karen. Fred was an amazing teacher and friend. I have many fond memories of teaching with Fred at South & East Kelowna. Fred always had a smile on his face, an open ear to listen and the natural ability to provide calmness. We also have many good memories of the playing in Wallyball Tournaments with Fred and Penny.
    Sincere sympathies, Linda & Doug Watson
  • Aug 30, 2017
    Mr. Gubbels was my grade 5 teacher and throughout grade school you would have not found a more caring teacher anywhere. He believed in helping the children no matter how long it took.
    To his family, I am so sorry for your loss, to the community, the loss is one that will never be replaced.
    RIP
    Tim Hazell
  • Aug 30, 2017
    Fred was such a wonderful person. He always had time for everyone. As a teacher he was an inspiration to us all. My thoughts are with you Penny and family.
    My condolences,
    Lee Rempel(Zack)
  • Aug 30, 2017
    August 23, 2017 Translation from Spanish
    With great sadness, I read the news of the death of Fred. From me and my family accept my condolences. My God give strength to his wife, Penny, and her children to overcome these moments of deep pain. As Fred left this earthly world, I believe that God has a place reserved for him for his qualities as a good person and for the generosity that characterized him.
    Hugs and Best Wishes
    Fernando Angulo
    August 23, 2017 Translation from Spanish
    It is very unfortunate the news about the death of my great friend Fredy. You do not know how much I feel about such a great friend. My memories are still present of the time we had the parade in Juan XXIII park, when Fredy visited Chincha Baja, and when he tried to play the trumpet. I am very sorry to hear this news and I wonder .... Why does it have to be Fredy? Only God knows. Memories of him and of my great friendship will always be with me.
    Hugs to Penny and her children
    Ismael Cardenas, Chincha Baja, Peru
    August 23, 2017 Translation from Spanish
    Receive my heartfelt condolences. It is really sad but in the design of our holy father this is the road that we all have to take.
    Narda Figuerola, Chincha Baja, Peru
  • Aug 29, 2017
    We are so sorry to learn of Fred's passing. We only got to know the Gubbel family when they moved into Mission Breeze and shortly thereafter we moved out. However, our daughter has know the family for many years. We are just leaving for Copenhagen and will not be in Kelowna for the "celebration of life". Our deepest condolences to Penny and family.
    Gerry and Lorraine Stevenson
  • Aug 29, 2017
    Dear Penny, Steven, Karen and families,
    Our sincere condolences go out to you all during this difficult time. Fred was an amazing individual and he will most certainly be missed by many.
    I fondly remember the sparkle in Fred's eyes when he would help coach his granddaughter's basketball team and watch their sporting games, cheering and encouraging them from the sidelines. He was a proud husband, father and grandfather - the enormous ear-to-ear grin whenever he spoke of his family said it all.
    Sincerely, Dannica and Gary Wade
  • Aug 29, 2017
    Sorry to hear of Fred's passing. Fred taught me to shoot my first basketball at South Kelowna Elementary. Some of the best memories was playing Wallyball at the Corplex against him, Penny, Keith and Debbie. It was almost impossible to get the ball past him. He was a wonderful man who will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family and friends.
    Alice Zimmer
  • Aug 29, 2017
    Penny, I was saddened to hear of Fred's illness and death. I knew him as a parent, where he was always helpful and supportive, and as the father in a great family.
    With my sincere sympathy,
    Bob Lemon
  • Aug 29, 2017
    Penny,
    I was saddened to hear of Fred's passing. Thinking of you, Steven, Karen and your extended families at this very difficult time. My sincere condolences on you all.
    Elaine Hansen
  • Aug 28, 2017
    Sending sincere sympathy to the family on the loss of your dear husband, father and grandfather. Fred was a genuine and caring teacher. He would have made a positive impact in many young lives during his career. Praying that your memories will be very special in the days to come.
    Sheryl Korsch
  • Aug 28, 2017
    Dear Penny, Karen, Randy, Steven and Julia, from first contacts at West Rutland Elementary, to the Kelowna Track Club, Kelowna Running Club, and life in general, Fred was a positive, inspirational, and affirming presence. Like many, our lives have become so much more thanks to knowing Fred. His smile, kindness, and unquestioning support will stay with us always.
    Mike and Brenda Van Tighem
  • Aug 28, 2017
    I'm sorry to hear of Mr. Gubbel's passing. Mr. Gubbels was my teacher at South Kelowna Elementary for several grades and I always felt very fortunate to have had him as a teacher. I remember him as being relaxed, patient and fun. He nicknamed my friend Faith Dorn and I, the Giggle Twins.
    One particular memory I have is learning to play volleyball. Mr. Gubbels was our phys-ed teacher and I loved the game but I couldn't serve overhand, so he patiently taught me to stand sideways and make the overhead serve as a sideways motion. I mastered that serve and enjoyed many competitive games in high school and in adult recreational volleyball and I always remembered where I learned the skill from.
    Memories of Mr. Gubbels were always in the forefront as I have lived most of my life in S.E. Kelowna and regularly rode my bicycle past his home.
    My deepest condolences to the Gubbels Family.
    Pam Nicholas
  • Aug 28, 2017
    To Penny & Family;
    So sorry to hear of Fred's passing, our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
    Dennis & Barb Newton
  • Aug 27, 2017
    So sorry to hear of Fred's passing. He was my grade 5 teacher at Dorothea Walker Elementary 41 years ago, and a year doesn't go by that I don't tell my son or wife what a fantastic teacher he was! Condolences to his family. He touched so many people's lives in such a positive way!
    Andrew Brome
  • Aug 27, 2017
    Penny, Chicki and I would like to express our sincere condolences to you and the family. Fred was a wonderful person who positively impacted any and all with whom he came in contact. Whether it was in the classroom, the various staff rooms, the various athletic venues, the H2O Center, or when clearing trails for F.O.S.S., a person could always be assured of an engaging and positive conversation with Fred. Rest assured that he will be respectfully and fondly remembered by many.
    Jim and Chicki Jacques
  • Aug 27, 2017
    So sorry for your loss Pennie. I remember you from my Royal LePage days in the trailer at Canada Post on Gaston. Your husband was so well thought of. Keep your memories close, my sincerest condolences.
    Trudy Hurst
  • Aug 27, 2017
    Fred possessd many desirable character traits, all of them imbedded in the humility and grace with which he carried himself. The impact of his presence will be sorely missed, but fondly remembered.
    Bob Vorotinskis
  • Aug 27, 2017
    We're very sad to hear about the passing of Uncle Freddy.
    Our love and thoughts are with you Aunt Penny, Steven, Karen and families.
    We will sincerely miss you Uncle Fred and remember all the goods times we shared together.
    Love to you all,
    Catherine, Alan, Angela and family.
  • Aug 27, 2017
    Dear Penny, we were so sorry to hear of Fred's illness and death. We are sending our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Barbara and Brian Hoar
  • Aug 27, 2017
    Penny and family,
    Fred was truly one of the nicest people we have ever known. Always there to help, whether it was loading those the last few bales of hay on the truck or helping us when we lost our equipment in a shed fire. Fred was the first one there to lend a hand. The neighbourhood has never been the same without you. Fred will be truly missed and always remembered.
    Our sincere condolences,
    Love Tracey, Dave and Lynda Atherfold
  • Aug 27, 2017
    I am saddened to hear of Fred's sudden passing. During my time as teacher and counsellor at SD23, Fred was an inspiration and encouragement. I very much valued his wisdom and am so thankful to have known him.
    -Ron (and Stephanie) Ford
  • Aug 26, 2017
    We really loved Fred and will miss his quiet but humerous ways.
    Dianne and Bill Ellis
  • Aug 26, 2017
    Our deepest condolences to Penny and her family. Fred was a wonderful warm, caring friend who will be dearly missed. We will always remember the great times playing ball and the tournaments, especially in Edgewood! He leaves behind a wonderful legacy. An incredible person!
    Goody & Ben Burkard
  • Aug 26, 2017
    Julia and Randy
    I am so sorry for you and your families loss.
    Your father-in-law sounds like a wonderful person.
    My heart goes out to you.
    Jeaneen Planz
    Dr. Knox.
  • Aug 26, 2017
    So sorry to hear of Fred's passing. He came to visit me at Cottonwoods a while back but never let on he was ill. He was a very special person. Our deepest condolences to Penny and Family. Ken & Chris Hehn
  • Aug 26, 2017
    So sorry to hear of Fred's passing. He was a fine man, with a warm smile, and always a moment for a chat. He will be missed by all who had the good fortune to have known him. Our hearts and thoughts are with you, Penny, and your family.
    Susan and Greg Sanger
  • Aug 26, 2017
    I never had Mr. Gubbels as a teacher, however when he was teaching at East Kelowna Elementary School I would go in every morning and say hello. He would always greet me with a heartwarming smile. He was an amazing person. My thought are with your family.
    Delaney Cannell
  • Aug 26, 2017
    Dear Gubbels family, I will start this by stating that I never knew Fred. I am the second youngest daughter of his cousin Toos Vanden Elzen (Gubbels) in Ontario. Such a tribute to Fred. Obviously a very well-respected man who contributed greatly to his community in so many ways. As I mentioned I never met Fred but fondly remember his father who came to visit us when I was a young(er) girl.. trying to pry pennies from his tightly-closed fist! I also recall visits by his brother Joseph many years ago. Truly a difficult time for your family, but the tributes I have read tell me that he certainly was a wonderful man. I hope you receive solace in all these tributes.
    Sincerely,
    Catherine Van Arkel (Vanden Elzen)
  • Aug 25, 2017
    Dear Auntie Penny, Steven, Julia, Karen, Randy, Erika, Abby, Lauren and Krista.
    You have our deepest condolences. We sincerely understand your grief at this time. The two of us are feeling it as well. Uncle Freddie, AKA Snagglepuss, was a very special man. As anyone reading this note might be able to tell by his nickname, given to him by his adoring nieces and nephews when we were very young, Snagglepuss was such a fun person and very good with kids. He will be greatly missed by the entire Gubbels family. Uncle Freddie was dearly loved.
    With love from Marie Gogo and Jayeson Earl.
  • Aug 25, 2017
    Fred was a wonderful counsellor and peer. I often refer to his style of counselling that he had at North Glenmore when I first started teaching. He made regular classroom visits and was always there for students who were struggling. I continue to use his terminology today in the classroom.
    "YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE BEST FRIENDS BUT YOU SHOULD BE FRIENDLY TO EVERYONE"
    Sorry for your lost. He made an impression on many.
    Nicole McAndrew
  • Aug 25, 2017
    My deepest condolences to the family of Fred on his passing. Fred was one of the reasons I stayed in high school and graduated, even though he was the Elementary school counselor. I spent many hours in his office after school receiving wise counsel, and the lessons he taught me are still the ones I use today with him in mind. He was truly a mentor and one of a kind. Please know that Fred touched the lives of many, many kids like me in so many ways and I am forever grateful that he was a part of my life during my very formidable years. May he Rest In Peace.
    Sincerely,
    Malodie McNicol (nee:Small)
  • Aug 25, 2017
    My sincere condolences to Penny, the children and the extended family on their great loss. I taught and played ball with a great guy! Fred will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Peter Harshenin
  • Aug 25, 2017
    Last condolences were sent by Peter (and Glenda) Minteb
  • Aug 25, 2017
    Fred and I have been lifelong friends. That is to say for the last 55 years. We each went our own ways after graduating together from St Louis College: Fred pursued his career in Kelowna and I stayed on the coast. But we kept in touch from time to time, as good friends do. Before marriage, our wives Penny and Glenda were also friends. They even roomed together for several months. We still smile whenever we think of all the outrageous and fun times we had together, as couples. Those were the days, my friend and indeed, we thought they'd never end. We had even planned a biking holiday together in the Netherlands this Spring. Now all we have is memories - of things past. But at least they are the best of memories. What I remember from our high school days is that Fred excelled at everything. I'm no psychologist, but I'm sure that Fred had an unusually high emotional IQ. Reflecting back on it now, I'm sure his maturity, empathy and understanding were exceptionally well developed, especially for a guy who was the youngest in the class (having skipped a year previously). No wonder everyone wanted to be his friend. And just about everyone was his friend. And no wonder everyone voted for him to be our Class President. We were proud of him then. And we're still proud of him now. Naturally, Fred was also the captain of the schools varsity basketball team. He was honoured with many sports awards, including the annual trophy for MVP, best athlete - or whatever. He was our standard bearer. A consummate, accomplished individual, destined to do well in whatever career he chose. And based on all the nice comments from his students, he went on to become a beloved and respected teacher. It is with the greatest of sadness that I say goodbye to a truly great guy, who I have been honoured to call my friend. And Penny, thank you for being such a wonderful partner for my good friend. Your loss is the greatest and your grief is the deepest. Glenda and I extend our deepest, heartfelt sympathy to you, and to your children.
    Peter and Glenda Minteb.
  • Aug 25, 2017
    Our best wishes to Penny and all the family at this difficult time.
    Fred was a special human being. He was kind, considerate, compassionate, as well as being funny. He had that wonderful sense of humour and loved to smile.
    I loved playing 'old timers soccer' with Fred as he was one of those guys who could still run fast and if you gave him a big lead pass on the left wing, he would stretch those long legs and go and score a goal. So much fun!!!!
    He was a true gentleman and it was my pleasure to work with such a distinguished professional!!!
    We will truly miss Fred.
    Dennis and Heather Semeniuk
  • Aug 25, 2017
    I had the privilege of spending a month in Thailand with Fred as our 'fearless leader' of a group of 24 BC teachers on a PAC RIM study tour at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. His gentle and diplomatic nature served us well in many situations!! And, yes, his wonderful sense of humour made the trip even more enjoyable.
    I feel blessed to have known Fred, and my husband, a nurse at Hospice House, was fortunate to care for him in those difficult days. His big heart and even bigger smile will be missed by many.
    Colleen and Kevin Edstrom
  • Aug 25, 2017
    Condolences from Gubbels family cousins in Ontario.
  • Aug 25, 2017
    Dear Gubbels family,
    My deepest condolences on the passing of your husband, dad and grandpa. Mr Gubbels was my teacher for grade 5,6, and 7. I am sure he was sick of me by then..lol. One of my best memories of him is when he took our class downtown for an exhibit, but we had to walk from the Capri to city park. He stopped at Dairy Queen and bought us all a cone. Pretty cool of him for sure. One of the best teachers I ever had by far. May your memories of him keep him close to your hearts.
    Sharon Davison Cook
  • Aug 25, 2017
    A beautifully written tribute to one of the world's nicest people. Fred was wonderful to work with, fun to be around, and always positive about whatever was happening. He was one of those teachers who students & fellow educators remember for a long time. His calm, gentle humour was a delight.
    Losing him will leave a big void in your family which only slowly will fill with all the memories you built together as a family.
    With hugs, Jennifer & Gary Reece
  • Aug 25, 2017
    So sorry to hear of Fred Gubble's passing. He was the councillor when I was in Elementary school. Such a nice guy.
    RIP.
    Nancy
  • Aug 25, 2017
    Where there is deep grief there was deep love. Thank you Fred for being an incredible man, neighbour and friend. Our girls knew you would watch and be proud of their swimming just as if they were your own grandkids. Mike will always appreciate your help with the farm, the tractor and the best battery charger ever.
    The Hill Family
  • Aug 25, 2017
    When I was a kid my Uncle Fred played softball with my Dad.
    I remember watching him hitting long home runs and stretching doubles into triples, patrolling centerfield and turning triples into flyball outs.
    Fred made the game, and everything he did, look so easy.
    Mike Chamberlain
  • Aug 25, 2017
    It is with great sadness and humble respect that we honour Fred's passing and his life gifts. He offered such an amazing combination of spirited, humorous enthusiasm and caring wisdom that could lift the souls of those who were fortunate enough to spend time with him. Caring for others and enjoying life seemed so effortless for Fred. He was purposeful about offering appreciation for the efforts of others' hard work and talents, and so often thought of others before himself in his dedication to serving students, colleagues and families in our school district. Despite sometimes adverse conditions he always had a grin on his face and a positive word to say when we encountered him on the cross country ski trails. He will be so greatly missed. Thanks to Fred's family for sharing so much with us.
    Carol and Ryland Garton
  • Aug 25, 2017
    I had the privilege of knowing Fred in our chosen careers. He was always such a positive influence on students and colleagues as well. Sincere condolences to you, Penny, as well as the rest of the family. He will be missed by everyone with whom he had contact.
    Brenda Stewart
  • Aug 25, 2017
    We will miss him very much, we have the cherished memories of our adventures to Hawaii, Central America via Panama Canal and Kelowna, to remind us of Fred's humor and calming effect on us.
    What a great man.
    Bob and Teresa Pelda
  • Aug 25, 2017
    Hi Penney and family,
    So sorry about Fred. My thoughts are with you. I knew you folks when you were on the old farm. Thinking of you.
    Your old neighbour down the road,
    Patrick Crane
  • Aug 25, 2017
    So sad to hear of this huge loss to your family. We cannot imagine the void left without him.
    Fred was a remarkable educator and counsellor in the school system. So well respected by all.
    We had great interaction with 'Farmer Fred' and Penny when we got hay from their field. Always an enjoyable event.
    We send our heartfelt sympathy and hugs to all his wonderful family.
    Stan and Anne Coster
  • Aug 25, 2017
    Oh so very sad to learn the news of Fred's passing. It was an honor to have known him and call him a friend!
    Our thoughts are with you Penny, Steven, Karen and families; you were truly blessed to have been loved by such a wonderful man.
    Mary Lou and Gary Inaba
  • Aug 25, 2017
    Thinking of you Ellis and Gubbles families. Grandpas like Fred are cherished forever.
    Johnstone family
  • Aug 25, 2017
    Fred was awesome to deal with in the AG industry and will be missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Domenic and Lina Rampone
  • Aug 25, 2017
    Mr. Gubbels was my grade 7 teacher at South Kelowna Elementary in 1971. I believe it was one of his first years as a teacher. He was my favorite teacher. May you have many great memories of him. He was a mentor to me.
    Rosemarie Schade
  • Aug 25, 2017
    It was a pleasure to know and be taught by Fred. A great member of the community, and not soon forgotten.
    Frits Verkerk
  • Aug 25, 2017
    Such a special man who changed my view on daily life. Forever remembered and in my heart a special place. My sincere condolences.
    Micky Blaauw and family
  • Aug 25, 2017
    Penny and family,
    We share your sorrow in the loss of Fred. He gave my children a wonderful start in education in their elementary school years. He will be remembered.
    Donna Nicholas and family
  • Aug 24, 2017
    The Buna family, was very saddened to hear of Fred's passing. He was a very warm, genuine and caring person who was respected by everyone he met while in the education system in Kelowna. Fred was also a very accomplished athlete who was a joy to play with, and against, in many sports. Our youngest daughter, Robyn, still remembers and comments about Mr. Gubbels and the strategies that he taught her at Glenmore Elementary.
    Fred will be missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing him. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.
    Lorne Buna and family.
  • Aug 24, 2017
    My thoughts are with you Gubbels family.
    Nichole Sorensen
  • Aug 24, 2017
    Penny, please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences at this most difficult of times and please pass these feelings onto your family.
    Dennis Leclair
  • Aug 24, 2017
    Sorry to hear of Fred's passing. He leaves valued legacy in the many students whose lives he impacted. Jim Oakes
  • Aug 24, 2017
    Saddened to hear of Fred's passing. I taught with him at Dorothea Walker and found him to be an incredible teacher. My deepest condolences to Penny and family.
    Dave Elliot
  • Aug 24, 2017
    We will be sorry to miss the farewell of a dear man. Goodbye Fred and thank you for all the good you have done in the world. Travel well to your new destination.
    Suzanne and Ross Anderton.
  • Aug 24, 2017
    So sorry to learn of Fred's passing. I saw him a few weeks ago at my granddaughter's soccer game and he seemed so positive about his upcoming treatment. He was always such a positive guy with a smile on his face.
    My sincere condolences to Penny and the remainder of Fred's family.
    Sincerely.....Brian Harms
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