OBITUARY: Alfred (Fred) Pichard

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Alfred (Fred) Pichard

Alfred (Fred) Pichard passed away suddenly at the age of 99 on December 31, 2018, in Ottawa with his daughter Helen at his side.

Fred has now been reunited with his beloved wife, the late Charlotte Jones, who passed away in 2011. Not a day went by that he did not miss or talk about the great love of his life and only sweetheart. Fred and Charlotte would have been married 75 years this July.

Fred leaves behind his children Helen, Mary Lou, Anne and Alfred; his only living brother Charles and sister-in-law Bibianne; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Everyone who knew Fred could see that he had such joie de vivre and was so anxious to make it to 100 years old in September. He continued to be active and so happy to be with his family up until his last breath.

Some readers may remember an article that appeared in the Chronicle-Telegraph in January 2015 about Fred, who had lived in Quebec City for nearly a century, and was moving to Ottawa to live with his daughter and begin a new chapter of his life. Helen says that the last four years just flew by, and it was such a joy and privilege to have him in her home, taking care of her Dad. Helen says, “We were always on the go, travelling back to Quebec City every year to visit family and many longtime friends and visit sites unique to Quebec that he missed dearly. I am so happy now that during our last visit, we took a gondola ride to the summit of his favourite mountain, Mont Sainte-Anne, where he saw a historic placard with a photo taken in 1946 of himself with his wooden skis when he volunteered at a Canadian ski-jumping championship. He later donated his wooden skis, along with many of our skis, to the Musée du ski at Mont Sainte-Anne.

“As long as the sun was shining, we were in the car on an adventure touring around in nearby towns and villages and, of course, dining out. On dull days, he was always tinkering around the house fixing things, which made me happy. The secret to his longevity was that he was always so happy to live each day to the fullest, continued to be active and had a good appetite.”

Family and friends are welcome to attend Fred’s burial on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Sillery, 1601 Chemin Saint-Louis.