August 9, 1930
August 4, 2023
Alfred G. Fiumefreddo, also known as Buddy Victor, peacefully passed away at his residence in Calgary on August 4, 2023, just five days before his 93rd birthday. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Buddy was the son of Anna and Victor Freda. He excelled academically at Boys High School in Brooklyn and was named valedictorian. Following his graduation, Buddy embarked on a remarkable solo singing career, making appearances on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour and performing with the Ralph Flanagan Orchestra. It was during this time that he met his partner, Al Osten, with whom he would share a lifelong journey spanning over six and a half decades. Together with Al and other members, Buddy joined the Rover Boys, a renowned doo-wop group that achieved remarkable success, including performances on the Tonight Show, at Radio City Music Hall, and being part of a Parisian Revue in Las Vegas.
After relocating to Edmonton, Alberta in the mid 1960s, Buddy embraced his new Canadian citizenship and proudly called Edmonton his home for more than fifty years. In Edmonton, he embarked on a thriving career, initially gracing the stage at the Embers before hosting his own CBC radio show. His talent also led him to numerous television specials. In 1967, Buddy and Al seized a promising business opportunity and acquired the Alberta Weight Watchers franchise, followed by the Saskatchewan franchise. They eventually sold the business in 2013, prospering from their successful venture. With their newfound fortune, Buddy and Al generously supported various charitable organizations, including Pilgrims Hospice, the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Victor-Osten Foundation, and the Alzheimer’s Society in Edmonton. In Calgary, they contributed to the Osten-Victor Alberta Tennis Centre, Theatre Calgary, and the Osten-Victor Foundation, among others.
Funeral services for Buddy Victor will be held at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Calgary on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. A separate Celebration of Life will be organized at a later date. Those who wish to offer their condolences, memories, and share photos with Buddy’s family can do so through mhfh.com. Memorial donations in his honor are welcomed and can be made directly to Pilgrims Hospice Society in Edmonton.
In remembrance of Buddy Victor, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway, forever commemorating his cherished memory.