FRIEDRICH (FRED) WOCH

FRIEDRICH (FRED) WOCH

WOCH, FRIEDRICH (FRED) EDUARD. Nov 28, 1927-Dec 22, 2009 A man of great stature and courage, Fred was only 16 when he was drafted into the armed forces in WWII.  Luckily it was soon to end.  Interned in a prisoner of war camp, he weighed only 86 pounds on his release. Yet his legendary stories always brought more laughter than tears. After the war he danced his way into the heart of his life-long love and wife, Erika. Then in 1953, a grand adventure began.  A few short years in Canada … that was the plan – and then home; but instead, they stayed. In Ontario he helped carve a brand new town out of the bush. By then he was a young father with two daughters and decided he wanted a place with more promise for his family. So he travelled west, exploring.  The sunshine, lakes and orchards of the Okanagan Valley proved irresistible and the family settled there.  Soon a son was born. Fred started his own contracting companies: first painting, then home building and eventually a specialty in gas and oil storage facilities and ski lift construction. A natural outdoorsman, he loved the challenge of these projects in extreme terrain. Erika was his trusty finance manager. In 1973 Fred and Erika bought property in Peachland, built a home and planted an orchard there.  The next years were among the happiest of their lives as they harvested fruit, made their garden bloom and raised chickens, geese and ducks. These all followed Fred around the orchard like puppies. Two grandchildren spent summers on the farm and did the same. Fred was interested in everything and always had a project: from fly fishing to boat building and baking to wine making.  He was an artist and writer, an outstanding furniture-maker and carver. His vegetable patch was legendary. The years brought crises and blessings, joys and worries but

always Fred was the centre of the family he loved. He was a solid, dependable, generous father and an Opa full of surprises, tall tales, grandfatherly advice and big, hearty laughter. In April 2009 he and Erika celebrated 60 years of companionship and marriage. He will be sorely missed, always loved and remembered by his wife Erika; daughters Lydia Marston-Blaauw (Christopher Hunt) and Angela Dyck (Bill Dyck), son Edward Woch; grandchildren Leilani Marston-Ayley (Michael Ayley) and Adam Marston; step-grandchildren Julianna and Amara Hunt and great grandson Tristan Raine Ayley.God speed Papa.Private family service will be held at a later date.  Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneral


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