Frederick (Fred) Robert Foley

13/08/1939 - 13/08/2022


Obituary For Frederick (Fred) Robert Foley

September 13, 1939 – August 13, 2022

Fredrick (Fred) Robert Foley passed away peacefully on August 13, 2022, exactly one month short of his 83rd birthday.

Fred was born in Kinuso, Alberta on September 13th, 1939 at the beginning of the 2nd World War to Patrick and Velma Foley. Dad had 4 siblings, Hank, Pat, Dorothy, and Nancy. Times were tough, with Grandpa Foley being deployed to Italy and Grandma home with small children.

After Patrick and Velma separated and started new families, Dad’s extended family included step siblings Doreen, Patsy, and Lou on the Foley family side, and step siblings Linda, Roy, and Louise on the Gravel family side.

Dad moved to Edmonton in his early teens, and often talked of his time delivering milk in the city. Dad met mom, Alffa Bensmiller, in 1961 and they moved to Crooked Creek in 1962 where they lived in various acreages in the area. In the early sixties dad worked skidding logs and owned his own skidder and later hauled gravel with his own gravel truck. He worked many years in road construction with Park Brothers, Harringtons, and Debolt Construction. After years working on building roads he worked for GPRC training people to run heavy equipment just west of the farm north of Crooked Creek. Dad also worked a few years with Parks and Recreation Alberta and got to travel to lakes and rivers all over Northwest Alberta, which he loved.

Mom and dad bought the Crooked Creek Store in 1990 and retired after they sold it 10 years later at which time they bought the old farm place back from Joe Kramps. Dad loved camping, boating, playing games and fishing with family and friends. His fishing stories were legendary as the size of the fish he caught often got bigger over the years as he retold the stories.

Fred is survived by his loving family, wife Alffa, daughter Dione (Rick), sons Dwayne, Dean (Tracey), and Darren (Sharon), and four adoring grandkids, Jesse, Chase, Cole, and Shea, and one dear great grandbaby, Nya. Dad, thank-you for teaching us to appreciate family, respect others, work hard, and always be there to help family and friends. Please leave some of the big fish for us once in a while, we will miss you dearly, love all of us.

There will be a private family service only.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742

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  • 10/09/2022

    Our condolences Alfa & family, I always thought of Fred as a gentle giant. Sending you hugs, strength & courage. ❤️Michelle & Dennis, Hannah & Cale Sampson

  • 24/08/2022

    Our deepest sympathy to Alfa and the whole Foley family. Thoughts and prayers from Dave and Pauline, family. Rest In Peace Fred

  • 24/08/2022

    Condolences to Alfa and family . From Gerard and Shelley caouette. Fred was a great man and he always had time to say hi and visit when you met him in town or when Fred and Alfa would come out to Shaws point. He will be missed.

  • 23/08/2022

    Sending you my love and deepest condolences Alffa. You and Fred are part of my childhood memories that I am so grateful for. I am so very sorry.

  • 23/08/2022

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to Alffa and all of Fred's family and loved ones. Fred touched so many people in so many ways - he will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. Ray and Barb Newman

  • 23/08/2022

    So sorry Alfa and family. Lou and I had such great memories of our visits with Fred and the rest of the Foley's up north! Fred always had a smile on his face...such a loss. He has a wonderful group waiting for him upstairs 🙏 Take Care. Sheila, Hudson and Jason Foley

  • 23/08/2022

    I was a teenager when I knew Fred but he always treated me like any other friend. Thanks for being such a great guy, Fred!

  • 23/08/2022

    Fred enjoyed life to the fullest, if it wasn't full enough he'd add more. He always seemed so grateful for all that came his way and I always respected that. He adored Alffa and you got the feeling that he was embracing her maybe it was due to the big bear that he was and the petite wife that he was so much in love with. Rest In Peace and I will always recall as you did the Red River Jig and thinking this man loves life. My condolences to the family and I have no doubt the boys learned plenty from their dad, and will keep the home fires alive with the life lessons of this compassionate and caring man.

  • 22/08/2022

    Alfa and family ... I am so very sorry to hear of Fred's passing. I have very fond memories of stopping at crooked creek with Mom and spending time with you... my kids loved the ice cream shack! You are in my thoughts and prayers Much love to you all. ❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

  • 22/08/2022

    Thoughts and prayers from the Beecroft's.

  • 22/08/2022

    My condolences to the Foley Family.

  • 22/08/2022

    Condolences to Alfa and family. My husband, Steve, worked with Fred at Parks and Rec and they had many laughs throughout the day.

  • 22/08/2022

    Such a wonderful tribute to a great guy! Wishing the family many happy memories to carry you thru the coming days Love and sympathy Ilene and Family

  • 22/08/2022

    So sorry to hear the news of the loss of Fred. He was such an awesome guy. It is a blessing that he is at rest and for your families also. Mom and all us kids send our deepest condolences to you Alfa and the your children. Our thoughts are with you. Miss seeing you and Fred at Mah's. How time flies. Sending big hugs.!!!!!

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