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Fred Berlet, a beloved resident of Port Elgin, previously of Tillsonburg, has passed away at Sakura House in Woodstock. He has now joined his beloved wife Donna, who passed away in 2021. Fred will be deeply missed by his four children, Debra, David, Sue, and Greg, along with their respective spouses. He will also be fondly remembered by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will miss their Grandpa/Poppa’s loving smile. Fred was born in Monkton, Ontario to Walter and Anna Berlet and was the oldest of five siblings. He will be lovingly remembered by his sister Elaine and brother Ron. Fred was a devoted Christian and an honorable businessman who always sought to help others through charitable causes and gifts. His kind-heartedness touched the lives of everyone he met, and he will be dearly missed.

Fred began his career working in the family appliance store in Monkton before rising to become the General Manager at McBrine Luggage in Kitchener. Later, he became a partner and shareholder at Fleck Manufacturing in Tillsonburg. Fred pursued his education alongside his career and earned his Registered Industrial Accountant and Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. During this time, he met his future wife Donna, whom he married shortly after her graduation. Fred also attended various courses at Harvard University in Boston to further his education. Alongside his professional achievements, Fred had a wide range of hobbies, including collecting antique Canadian pressed glass, photography, tennis, golf, and gardening.

Fred was a man of great integrity, renowned for his sharp wit and sense of humor. He cherished his family, taking immense pride in his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. In Fred’s own words, he loved his grandchildren and made sure to spend quality time with them, which he regretted not being able to do with his own children. He thoroughly enjoyed sharing laughter and stories with his numerous friends throughout his life.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 7, which would have been Fred’s 95th birthday, at Ostrander’s Funeral Home in Tillsonburg, followed by a celebration of life at The Carriage Hall. The family has arranged for a private interment of ashes at Tillsonburg Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Fred’s memory to Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

In a belated note, Fred expressed his overwhelming gratitude for his wonderful family, friends, good health, and many blessings. He wished for everyone to find the same peace he has now entered and sent his love to all.

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