Fred passed away peacefully on September 17, 2021, at the Victoria General Hospital with family by his side. Born in Abbotsford B.C. on November 24, 1928 son of the late  Alfred and Beatrice Mockford. Predeceased by his wife Dorothy, son Ken, brother Jack (Marilyn) and sisters Doris Miller (Ron), Winifred Owens (Reg) and Olive Windle (Al).

He spent his early years on the family farm in Abbotsford moving to Victoria in 1940. He attended Quadra Elementary and Central Junior High.  At age 13 he left school to begin work grooming horses and mucking out stalls at Island Farms Dairy. Over the next 40 plus years he held various positions at Island Farms retiring in 1987 from the position of General Manager. During his time with the Dairy and with great support from the Board of Directors, Fred helped grow Island Farms from a small, local farmer-owned cooperative to one of Vancouver Island’s most prominent and successful companies all the while helping to keep the company a farmer-owned cooperative.

 In his early 20’s Fred took a hiatus from the Dairy and moved to Clearwater B.C. to work in the lumber industry.  It was during this time he met the love of his life, Dorothy. His relationship with Dody kept him in Clearwater for a number of years where he worked mostly as a logging truck driver. Fred and Dody married in 1952 and moved to Victoria where they shared over 58 happy years together.  Fred was a responsible, respected and hardworking man. He carried those attributes throughout his life in all undertakings.

Fred was involved with a number of community and charitable organizations including Boy Scouts of Canada, the Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association and the Sidney Food Bank. He was a long standing member of the United Commercial Travelers, a fraternal organization with strong community roots supporting charities, locally and nationally. He was a leader within this organization serving terms as President of the Victoria chapter and then as the Regional Grand Counselor for Oregon, Washington and B.C.  While with UCT Fred and his good friend Jack Burge developed a program teaching children to golf. Golfing was a passion of Fred’s and he golfed regularly at a number of local courses, he was particularly proud of his 5 “hole in ones”.

Fred and Dody enjoyed many years together at their St Mary Lake getaway on Saltspring Island. There they enjoyed time with family and  friends and were involved in the care of the park and maintenance of the gardens.

Sadly, in 2011, Fred lost his loving wife Dody and then his youngest son Ken. He continued on with his family at his side and  his best friend, Izzy the dog. He took great pride and joy as his family continued to grow. He loved family.

Fred is survived by his daughter Sue, sons Steve (Lorraine), Don (Joanne) and Jim (Liz), 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, and by his sister Val Richards (Rob).  His family would like to thank his neighbour Hal and his caregivers Terri, Shelly and Denise, for their kindness and support over the last few years.

A Celebration of life for Fred will be held in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665  Falaise Dr., Victoria B.C, on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 2:00 pm. Due to COVID, we request that all attendees be fully vaccinated and wear a mask. If you wish to attend please RSVP to ( copy and paste this link into your email ) no later than October 10th, 2021  and we will be happy to send you an invitation.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society in his name

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Karen Dale

    Your dad was such a kind and gentle man.
    So many fond memories .
    I’m so glad I got to see him in his later years on several occasions .We would talk about the good old days with the family as Sue and I and the boys grew up together.
    I still remember his pot roasts on sundays. I don’t know if he was giving Dodie a break from cooking for all of the big family ,but it was so delicious!!!
    My Love goes out to all the family
    Karen (Gummesen)


  • Louise & David Potvin

    We are thinking of you all today and sending our condolences.

  • Babara Aberg

    To SUE and family our deepest condolences on passing away of your father.
    Barb Aberg

  • Johanna & Hermann Held

    As Fred’s neighbours for the past five years, we enjoyed encountering Fred on some of his multiple daily walks around the neighbourhood.
    Our heartfelt condolences to his supportive family.

  • Gerry Johnston

    Gerry Johnston, Fred’s oldest Niece, the first of MANY cousins!
    Uncle Fred was admired by many of his friends and family members who would enjoy going golfing and was a “people person” and just enjoyed a good talk with folks as well as being a very good listener as his life revolved around family and friends with lots of family get-togethers as they are important events and Uncle Fred also enjoyed working outside tending his gardens! And he had time in his younger years to be involved with so many clubs and other groups and was so admired for his steady work and a committed team player. Uncle Fred loved all his many family members equally. i really respected my Uncle Fred with all his attributes! Fred and Dody both were good workers in every way and enjoyed life with all their big family of 4 boys and 1girl and all grown up now! They both had a great life together with travel and active social life! They loved their good times on Salt Spring Island! So sorry that Aunt Dody had to leave this world 10 years before Uncle Fred…..and he loved animals so Izzy was his best friend who passed on but he got a cat to keep him company. I admired his positive position about life! And SUE…… you have been your Dad’s ANGEL, being with him right to the end…..and we THANK YOU! He loved ALL his beautiful family! God bless you all! With lots of Love to all!

    Sincerely Meant, Gerry and Jim, Darren and Dale Johnston

  • Jan Hare

    Fred is the Dad of a couple of good friends of mine. In our teenage years he always seemed to me to be a gentle and kind man (and handsome too!). He and Dody took our shenanigans in stride. I enjoyed reading his life story but was saddened to hear of his passing. It is so hard to say goodbye to a parent. My condolences to the kids, grandkids and great grandkids. He had a good run and will live on in their hearts.

  • Les Desfosses

    Sad to read of Fred’s departure. I met him in Clearwater, B. C. in 1952 and knew him as a well respected member of the community. I later saw him a few times in Victoria through my long-standing friendship with Dody and her family – Bill, Irene and Jack Long. We were friendly acquaintances rather than close friends, but I’ve never had any but good feelings about, and respect for, the man. I offer my sincere sympathy and condolences to all of his family.

  • George Robert Gardner

    I met Fred through UCT and he and Jack were my golf buddies. Fred was a man we can only all aspire to be. RIP Fred….you will be missed.
    Rob Gardner

  • Bev Sprinkling

    Happy Trails to Grampa Fred. You will be missed.
    XOXO Gramma BuckBuck and Jim Sprinkling
    Give Gramma and Ken a hug from us ❤️❤️❤️

  • Cathy and Wayne

    Lots of memories of Uncle Fred and Aunt Dodie! Lots and lots of stories from mom about her brother, happy Fred will be reunited with his brother and two sisters.
    I want to also recognize Sue for her care of Fred during his declining years!
    Still miss Izzie, the love of Fred’s life after Dodie! Such a special relationship they had.
    Condolences and hugs to Fred’s family!

  • Carla Dempsey

    I was Fred and Dodie’s neighbour on Salt Spring. He was a wonderful man who loved and took great pride in his family and in later years, his wee furry friend, Izzy. He was a kind, gentle man, who worked tirelessly at keeping the gardens, his own and communal looking beautiful. Fred always leant a hand to his neighbours, when needed and was the most positive person I know. He will be missed.
    Sincere condolences to his family.
    Rest in Peace, Fred.
    Carla, Yracie, Amy, Hayden and Hudson

  • Cheryl Longstaff

    I will always remember Uncle Fred with a smile on my face. Such a kind, gentle man who brought up children with much love. He will be missed dearly, much love to the family.

  • Valerie Cownden

    So many happy memories of Uncle Fred and, of course, Aunt Dodie. Such a kind man. He will be missed. My thoughts are with you.

  • Norma Brown

    My Mom worked with him for a few years and thought the world of him. My condolences to all. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Erin ragan

    He sounds like a wonderful man.
    Terry and I are sending love to his whole big, beautiful family tonight.

    Terry and Erin

  • marion webb

    I was saddened to hear of Fred Mockford’s passing. He was a fine man who loved his family dearly. My heart goes out to his daughter Sue and his sons Steve, Don and Jim. And to all his grandchildren, you were fortunate to have had him in your lives. His legacy will remain though each of you. Rest in Peace, Fred. Marion Webb

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