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Frederick Carter

Frederick Charles Carter

Thursday, June 19th, 1924 - Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
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CARTER, Frederick Charles: Fred passed away peacefully on March 27 2019 in Peterborough ON. Born to Charles Augustus Carter and Mary Anne Moore on June 19, 1924 in the front room of the family home in the Junction area of Toronto, Fred was an only child. He lived in the High Park area until retirement, and then lived mostly at the family cottage at Belmont Lake, Ontario. His father was a businessman and a well known musician and founder of the Toronto Kiwanis Club, and his mother was a very strong influence in his early life. He was an athletic, shy, active boy who attended Western Technical and grew up into a charming and engaging character. He first travelled to Belmont Lake at the age of 4, fostering an abiding love for the region and for fishing and boating. Unfortunately, he lost his mother to heart failure when in grade 10. He graduated from the U. of Toronto in Engineering, having scraped through high school by the grace of a benevolent teacher who made sure he passed French, which was essential. He had an abiding fascination with mechanical and electrical devices, and initially sold transformers for Maloney Electric. He met our mother Margaret Carter (no relation) through dancing and they married in 1950. His father passed away in 1957. Fred went back to school in 1963 to obtain a BEd and became a physics, chemistry, and math teacher (Langstaff, Parkdale, Northern Secondary, and then Jarvis Collegiate). Fred loved his interactions with students and teaching was a rewarding experience. He enjoyed mentoring students with aptitude and interest, and particularly liked to drop puns and exclamations that were archaic and obscure and then debate whether such words actually existed. Genuinely a genius, he had an encyclopedic memory for details and formulas, loved his slide rule, and even in the last few years of his life continued to provide “advice” i.e. solutions to students struggling with physics and math. Fred greatly enjoyed music, boating of any kind, playing bridge, folk dancing and lively pursuits. He was a tinkerer and could fix anything (always the first option, no matter how broken), but endlessly frustrating to his wife because if something was back to the point of working, then it was unnecessary effort to put things completely back together. He liked to take the Rube Goldberg approach to plumbing, and function was always more important than form. A true child of the depression, he felt every dollar in his personal spending, but was genuinely and spontaneously generous to others in need. He was a kindly soul and utterly dedicated to his family. He and Margaret were inseparable and they enjoyed a wide circle of friends and relationships. Our father keenly felt loneliness and separation after our mom passed away late in 2017. Our family particularly appreciates the support and friendship many people provided to our parents in their advancing years, particularly the Tuckers and Masons at Belmont Lake and the fantastic staff at Fairhaven. Fred will be greatly missed by his children Charlie, Ron (Ludmela), Margaret, and Les (Eileen), grandchildren Veronica (Brad), Tim (Anja), Emily, Stephanie (Dave), Dylan (Rachael), and Keegan (Asunta), and great-grandchildren Aleksandar, Lydia, Petra. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Fairhaven Foundation or the Five Counties Children’s Centre of Peterborough would be appreciated. Visitation will be at BRETT FUNERAL CHAPEL, HAVELOCK on Thursday April 4 from 7pm to 9pm, with the funeral service on Friday April 5 at 2 pm and reception to follow; for further details see www.brettfuneralchapels.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Brett Havelock Chapel
    Address
    20 George Street West
    HAVELOCK, ON K0L 1Z0
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, April 5th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    When
    Friday, April 5th, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location
    Brett Havelock Chapel
    Address
    20 George Street West
    HAVELOCK, ON K0L 1Z0
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  • Service

    Friday, April 5th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Friday, April 5th, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    Brett Havelock Chapel
    Address
    20 George Street West
    HAVELOCK, ON K0L 1Z0
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    Officiant
    Reverend David Estabrooks
  • Interment

    Location
    Maple Grove Cemetery
    Address
    9498 County Road 30
    HAVELOCK, ON K0L 1Z0
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  • Reception

    Friday, April 5th, 2019 |
    When
    Friday, April 5th, 2019
    Location
    Havelock United Church
    Address
    10 Ontario Street
    Havelock, Ontario K0L 1Z0
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Ruth Lyons

Posted at 09:41pm
My condolences to the family. Fred and Marg were always kind and generous on my frequent visits to Belmont Lake and the McKay’s. lots of fond memories.
Ruth Lyons
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Ana Paula and José Leandro

Posted at 08:17am
In loving memory of our dear friend Fred Carter. May your soul Rest In Peace for all eternity.
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Ana Paula Leandro

Posted at 08:01am
We will forever cherish the memories of our yearly Summer reunions at Belmont Lake (35 + years) with the Carters. The camaraderie, the laughter, the boat rides, the wonderful food but mostly the generosity and the love of family and friends. He was so proud of his children, grand-children and their achievements and yet so humble. I will always remember Fred with his beautifu kind smile. We will miss you dearly. May your soul find peace in eternal life together with your dear departed wife, our friend Marg. Our condolences goes to the whole family. We are thinking of you and praying that you find the solace to deal with the loss of your dear father. Ana Paula and José Leandro
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Posted at 07:32am
Love Ken and Pat Wright and family
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Posted at 06:58pm
With loving memories of Uncle Fred ---------- Ernie & Eva, Elaine, Jason, Zoe & Falyn, Eileen, Ezra & Eden, Emily, Corey, Bria & Vera
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