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Fred Berlet, a beloved resident of Port Elgin and former resident of Tillsonburg, passed away at Sakura House in Woodstock. He has been reunited with his beloved wife Donna, who passed away in 2021. Fred is survived by his four children: Debra (Greg Beddoes) of Calgary, David (LeeAnn) of London, Sue (Graham O’Connell) of Tillsonburg, and Greg (Diane) of Columbus, Ohio. His grandchildren, Joelle Berlet of Toronto, Cody Vandommele (Natalie) of Grimsby, Cale Vandommele of Cambridge, Conor Vandommele (Amanda) of Sarnia, Callie Rhodenizer (Jonathan) of Nanaimo, Logan Pewitt (Zach) of St. Louis, Missouri, and Jenna Berlet of Columbus, Ohio, will all fondly remember Grandpa/Poppa’s loving smile. Fred was also the great-grandfather of Isaac, Charlotte, Elliot, Des, and Charlie of Calgary; Luke and Chloe of Grimsby; Lily and Violet of Cambridge; and Jack of Sarnia. Unfortunately, Fred was predeceased by his grandson Austen in 2009.

Born in Monkton, Ontario to Walter and Anna Berlet, Fred was the oldest son of five children. He is survived by his sister Elaine (Gold Canyon, Arizona) and his brother Ron (Diane) of Adolphustown, Ontario. Fred will always be remembered as a devout Christian who had a remarkable sense of honor and talent in business. Known for his philanthropy, he enriched the lives of everyone he met and will be deeply missed.

Fred began his career in Monkton, working in the family appliance store. He later became the General Manager at McBrine Luggage in Kitchener and a partner and shareholder at Fleck Manufacturing in Tillsonburg. Throughout his career, he pursued higher education and obtained his Registered Industrial Accountant and Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. Fred also attended numerous courses at Harvard University to further his education.

Aside from his business ventures, Fred had several hobbies including collecting antique Canadian pressed glass, photography, tennis, golf, and flower gardening. He had an exceptional sense of humor and enjoyed sharing laughter and stories with his many friends.

Fred’s greatest pride was his family. He cherished his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, often proclaiming his love for them and the joy they brought to his life. Fred’s memorial service will be held on October 7, which would have been his 95th birthday, at Ostrander’s Funeral Home in Tillsonburg.

Instead of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Cystic Fibrosis Canada in his honor. In his final words, Fred expressed his gratitude for the blessings he had received and prayed for peace for all those who loved him.

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