Fred “Meatball” Meadwell was in Walter Neil Dove’s photo album.
Collection Walter Neil Dove
Fred Meadwell survived the war and he had a family and kids.
Gibby did not survive WWII.
Meatball that’s what Walter Neil Dove called him…
I surely would like to know how other pilots were calling Walter Neil Dove.
FREDERICK CHARLES MEADWELL (1922 – 2003)
Frederick Charles Meadwell passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 2, 2003 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, MB. His family was by his side for his final days. He will remembered always by his wife Shirley; his daughter Jane; and his sons, Eric, Ken and Hudson; their partners, Ted, Tara, Alan and Anna; and his grandchildren, Lindsay, Andrew, Michael, Emily, Liam, Logan, Callum; and special friend Kyle.
Fred was born May 29, 1922 in Sioux Lookout, ON, the son of Frederick Charles Meadwell Senior and Elsie Gordon Brodie. Predeceased by his brothers, Dick and Jack, he is mourned by his sister Ann and brothers, Ken and Alec. In November 1950 in Kenora, ON, Shirley and Fred were married, attended by Kathy and Reg Hibbert. They began their life together in Sioux Lookout, where Fred built a house overlooking Abram Lake. A strong and proud man, selfless, courageous and determined in life, Fred loved deeply the place where he grew up and started his family – the Sioux Lookout area. He spent countless days in the bush and especially on the lakes, whether with his many friends in Sioux Lookout or with his family.
Fred served as a fighter pilot in the RCAF during the Second World War, returning to Sioux Lookout in 1945. After working for the CNR, he joined the Canadian Postal Service in 1949. He moved up the ranks rapidly, serving as Postmaster in Sioux Lookout, Fort Frances, Portage La Prairie and Fort William, and as Plant Manager of the Winnipeg Post Office. Fred retired in 1978.
Early in his retirement, the federal government appointed him senior administrative officer for the Sports Select Lottery Foundation. In 1984, Fred began his true retirement. With Shirley, Fred enjoyed gardening, home renovation and hosting family dinners. His specialty was summer barbecues with copious amounts of beef tenderloin that delighted everyone who received leftovers.
Among Freds creative achievements, it was hard not to be enthralled by his famous “looney” banks or his skillfully crafted stained glass pieces. In addition to his love of family and of the outdoors, Fred was a committed church-goer in his early years and served in various capacities with the Anglican church in those communities where he lived, including being Rectors Warden at St. Martin-in-the Fields in Winnipeg. The family wishes to thank the compassionate emergency staff at St. Boniface Hospital and the Health Sciences Centre. We express our appreciation also to Dr. Kaufmann, and Ms. McDiarmid and the GA5 neurology staff at the Health Sciences Centre.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, October 8, at 1:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St, with The Right Rev. Canon William Oakley. According to Freds wishes, cremation will take place. Interment to follow at St. Andrews on the Red at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations in Freds name to the War Amps CHAMP program for child amputees (1-800-250-3030).
Semper floreat CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 586-8044
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on October 05, 2003
It is clear we have the same person.
Sergeant Fred “Meatball” Meadwell from Sioux Lookout.