Fred Schemitsch passed away at his home on Monday, February 10, 2020. He was a loving father of Claudia and Dennis and a loving husband of Marlene.

Fred was born on March 1, 1937 in Austria. He arrived in Victoria in 1951 from war-torn Europe with his father, mother, sister, brother and grandfather. He started with nothing except a desire to succeed. He worked hard with his family and became a very successful renovator and builder of homes starting with their company, Victoria Cabinet Makers.

Fred loved his new country and was grateful for his accomplishments this new loved country allowed him. His patriotism was boundless.

He enjoyed and was an avid skier along with hunting, fishing, boating and racing his small Mini 12 boat at the RVYC. He travelled extensively and had hoped to take a train ride across Canada from coast to coast.

He battled cancer for 5 years with courage, dignity and determination to make the best of it. He was an honest, gentle and extraordinary man who will be remembered for his soft heart and kind soul.

A Vigil will be held Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm at Holy Cross Church, 4049 Gordon Head Rd., Victoria, BC.  The Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Church with a reception to follow. Interment to follow at Hatley Park, 2050 Sooke Road, in Colwood, BC.  Also, a Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Anna Romig

    Our hearts were broken when we heard the news.
    Freidl was a dear, kind man who was an amazing family man and great friend to Peter and all.
    We were blessed to know his gentle soul and caring heart.
    May your love Marlene and children Dennis and Claudia find peace in beautiful memories.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Love, Anna Romig

  • Carol and Don, Ryan and Ethan

    Dear Marlene, Claudia and Dennis,
    We were so sorry to hear that Freidel passed away. He was a wonderful friend to my parents Peter and Anna and they had such good times together. He was warm and welcoming to our whole family and we have fond memories… We hope that your memories will help you get through this sad time. We will always remember his kindness and generosity,. Peter and he will be playing cards up in heaven! TAke care…Carol, Don, Ryan and Ethan

  • Ernst & Charlotte Koettl

    Our heartfelt sympathy for the the loss of your husband and father. Freidl will be sorely missed by all.
    He was truly a gentleman and respected by all.
    We will miss you Freidl. God speed.
    Ernst& Charlotte

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