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Fred Janzen

Date of Death: June 16, 2021


It is with deep sorrow and broken hearts that we announce that the checkered flag fell on Fred’s earthly race on Wednesday, June 16th, 2021.  He went peacefully in his chair holding the hand of his beloved wife and best friend, Vicki, who will mourn his passing deeply.  After a very private and brave battle with cancer, he is at rest.

Also left to mourn Fred’s passing are his cherished son Jeff (Lisa), his daughter Kenzie, and grandson Miller.  Fred had many treasured nieces and nephews but his very special nephew Bob (Laurie) shared a brotherhood with Fred second to none.  Fred was predeceased by his brother Johnny and his sister Nettie-Anne.  His loss is profoundly felt by his surviving sisters Lena (Nick) and Rosella, his brother-in-law Ron, and members of the Robson and Janzen families.  He is also survived by his estranged-by-her choice daughter, Myrna Lynn and her children Aly, Andrew and Jared.

Fred was born and raised in Chilliwack, BC.  After graduation, he entered vocational school to become a Heavy Duty Mechanic to which he had a long and rewarding career.  He was a master of his trade, mentor to many, and his knowledge and troubleshooting skills will leave an unfillable void. He worked in different capacities as a mechanic but his heart was happiest when working on logging trucks.  He always said “they work all day; I work all night.”  He practiced retirement at 65 but was bored so enjoyed many years thereafter delivering auto parts for Duncan Auto.  He shared his mechanical expertise with many “backyard” mechanics and, in true Fred fashion, made lasting friendships with most of the customers.

Fred had a “need for speed” from a very early age to which the “constables” in Chilliwack can attest to.  His love of race cars found him spending many hours in the pits of different race teams (or exceeding the speed limit in his own car on public roads) and lots of travelling to race tracks in Canada and the USA.  The #91 – Yates Racing sprint car team let him continue living his dream working on the car until Covid hit and Fred’s health declined.  His race family was so special.


Fred and Vicki travelled extensively through their adventurous 42 years together and Fred will be deeply missed by his travel partners.  Whether RV’ing, cruising to many destinations around the World, outings to hockey games, football games or concerts – it was always an adventure with great friends.  Truer friends and travel mates cannot be found.

Special thanks to Dr. Helen Anderson and the Victoria Cancer Clinic; Dr. Val Masuda and the Duncan Cancer Clinic; and the amazing palliative care team in Duncan.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing care and compassion you gave to Fred.

Fred’s life touched the hearts of so many that it would be impossible to have a Celebration of Life and limit it to only 50 people under current Covid restrictions.   We ask that at this time you think of Fred fondly, enjoy the “cocktail hour” (preferably Crown and water) and toast a great guy gone far too soon.

Fred’s final wishes have been honored by H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre and his ashes entrusted to his family.

If a man’s wealth is measured by the true and lasting friendships he makes in

his lifetime, then Fred was truly one of the richest men in this world.




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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre

H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Paul and Jo Hamar
Relation: Friend

Sending huge hugs to you Vicki and family.

From: Shelagh Glanville
Relation: Friendship

Vicki, I just can’t believe what I have just read. I am heartbroken for you and your family. Fred was such a great guy and friend. You both made a great team. I know you have many memories of fun times but I know they will not fill the void you are feeling right now. Please know, I am thinking of you and your family.

From: Linda Lockhart
Relation: Friends

Dear Vicki, Lloyd and I are so very sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. We always saw you and Fred at the ‘Cup’ races at Western and will miss that visit when racing resumes. Our deepest sympathies and condolences along with our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

From: Glenn Etty
Relation: Friend

Vicki. So sorry to here of Freds passing. I have very fond memorys of our time spent in Squamish, working and partying together. He was one of the good ones.

From: Rick and Mitz
Relation: Friend

So sorry for your loss Vicky,always loved to have a good bs with Fred

From: Gary Davey
Relation: Friend.

So sorry Vicki.
A good heart has stopped but a heart that has touched so many people.
I still think about the camping trips and more.

From: Jennifer Woike
Relation: Friend

Fred knew me my entire life. We first met when I was in my playpen at Pacific Truck & Trailer in Port Alberni. He was kinda always like an older brother or father figure to me over the years. Even well into my 40’s he referred to me as “Kid” We re united in 1997 when I moved to Duncan and delightfully realized that Fred was part of my regular parts delivery route. a memorable moment was when I began dated my now husband Fred and the boys out at the Mesachie Lake Hayes shop decided they needed to check him out to see if he was a good guy. That Friday night at 11:22 pm exactly 22 min after the afternoon shift ended and they speedily made their way from work to the Phoenix hotel in they strolled to check out my boyfriend. My children Emma and Campbell are so very sad to hear of your passing and I want to thank you for always watching out for them as you did for me. Thanks for always looking out for me. I will miss your smile, your laugh and sharing many a drink with you at the curling club.

From: George & Pam Fredrickson
Relation: friend

George and I send our Deepest Condolences to you and the family with the recent passing of Fred. We have wonderful memories of him and his personality was the best!!

From: Margaret Soderquist
Relation: Co-worker of Vicki at Hill & Partners

Vicki, I was so sorry to read of Fred’s passing. I have a lot of memories of him at the Hill & Partners functions. You will also have many memories of all your years together to hold onto.

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