Fred Hofelzer, born on November 22, 1930 in Bammental (Germany) close to Heidelberg passed away on May 13, 2018 in Pompano Beach, Florida. The oldest son with three other brothers and sisters, has grown up in modest relations.
During his young years, he already had learned the occupation of being a butcher and had to work hard. He worked first in Bammental, then in Mannheim and also in the slaughterhouse in Heidelberg. At the age of 20 years he decided to emigrate together with a friend. There were two possibilities: one possibility was the way to Australia and the other to Canada. Fred left it to the chance, because he did not know which country would be the best to start working in. And thank God, it was Canada. Since after he worked as a farm worker in the rough Canadian climate, without being able to speak a word English and then as a lumberjack, he worked later again as a butcher in a supermarket in Sascatchewan where he got to know his great love Lucille. With her he travelled to Pompano Beach Florida where he built up his future in the Winn-Dixie as a butcher.
In spite of that he had to work always hard, Fred liked watching baseball in his spare time, loved to go out on his boat deep-sea fishing. Fred and Lucille have spent also a lot of time to attach friendships.
They maintained a deep friendship with the neighbors Margie and Bill Egan. They both helped Lucille and Fred in every predicament and also after Fred sold his and Lucilles beloved house to live for the rest of their lives in The Court at Palm-Aire. Actually, it was Lucille who lovingly "forced" Fred to take this step.
It is to be owed to Margie and Bill, and of course also to his two cats Kalie& Misty, that Fred was never alone after the loss of his beloved wife Lucille. They visited him every day, made BBQs or watched baseball together. There are no words which can describe this friendship. Thank you that you both are there!
A lovely thanks also to Lydia who was up to the end on his side and gave him one last prayer before he passed away after a long and fulfilled life.
In spite of his illness Fred has laughed a lot, has liked to talk and he got the best out of each day. We will miss you Fred, as a friend, brother, uncle and also as a great-uncle.
May 29, 2018 4:34 PM - Entered by: Andrea
Uncle Fred, we've always been fascinated by your courage starting a new life in Canada and Florida. Although we haven't met often we have so many vivid memories of the moments we shared. You will stay in our hearts. We will never forget how we laughed about your German with your wonderful American accent and you laughed about our English which you found so "schoolish". We have always been admiring you because for us you lived the American Dream. We are so thankful that our parents Margret and Heini could visit you in Florida and see what a wonderful life you had. They are still talking about their adventures with you and Lucille when you took them on a trip to the Everglades, Lucille fed a frog with spaghetti or you encouraged Margret to steer your boat on the sea. We also remember the adventures when you came to Germany. Lucille froze so much in South Tirol but you still loved the Alps which are almost as beautiful as the Rocky Mountains. We are so thankful you had Margie and Bill on your side as well as Lydia who was with you at the very last moment. Thank you so much to all of you. We hope you are now together with Aunt Lucille again. Love Andrea, Birgit and families and Heinrich and Margarete
May 28, 2018 2:56 PM - Entered by: Susan Anderson-Sanchez
My father James Edward Anderson (10/25/1928-02/19/2018) grew up in Saskatchewan Canada with Fred & Lucille they all moved to Florida. My Dad met Mom on a blind date & married that year. Living in Miami Beach Florida I have many fond memories of my Godmother “Auntie Lou” & Uncle Fred. They babysat me so my folks could have a “Date Night”. They were there when I was hospitalized as an infant and child. Uncle Fred took me fishing on his bit with my dad and brother much to his surprise Inwas the only one not seasick! We spent numerous birthdays, holidays and family gatherings together. One of the most difficult times was when we moved to California and had to say goodbye; however we kept in touch with letters and photos in the mail. I made it a point to bring my husband to meet them, later on my sons, parents and the whole family before a cruise in 2010 to celebrate 50years of marriage for my folks. They have a great love for each other and respect in their marriage. Auntie and uncle were a beautiful example to me of what Real Love looks like. Uncle Fred was kind opening their home everybyear for their annual Christmas Gathering. I still have the music boxes they sent me as a child they will forever be in a place of honor in my curio and the beautiful sound will remind me of them both. The Legacy Of LOVE they left behind lives in us. Ohana-means family, family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.👨👩👦👦❤️🙏🏼Rest In Peace Uncle
May 27, 2018 2:11 PM - Entered by: Bianca Cacciatore
My sincere condolences to Fred’s family and all those that loved him. I will always remember his smile, dry sense of humor and wise words about life. He had such a kind heart and soul. I hope he is resting peacefully in heaven with the love of his life, Lucille. We’ll always love you Fred.... kisses and hugs to heaven! Love, Bianca and Addison 😘
May 27, 2018 1:47 AM - Entered by: Della and Don
Uncle Fred I'm so thankful you are free of your pain and frustrations you've had to deal with,I'm so glad Margy facetimed so we could talk face to face it was so wonderful to see you after all these years. We miss you terribly Uncle Fred,your are re-united with auntie Luc once again. I will always look up in the evening and see your porch light on I love you
May 26, 2018 8:05 PM - Entered by: Candy
R.i.p Fred you will dearly be miss by the people at court at palm aire
May 26, 2018 6:39 PM - Entered by: Collette
Fred rip. You were loved because you loved selflessly. Thx be to God for knowing you. You had a laughter and a smile that fill the room. It was really a pleasure to know you Freddy.
May 26, 2018 12:51 AM - Entered by: Simone
Fred I haven't known you for a long time but i can say the time I spent with you are memories I will keep with me forever...you were such a quiet gentleman, u never made a fuss about anything...the kisses we girls got on our cheeks from you when we reach work and when we were leaving.....sleep in peace Fred...you were truly loved...
May 26, 2018 12:20 AM - Entered by: Collette
Fred rip. Your laughter was contagious. You loved selflessly. I miss you Freddy.
May 25, 2018 8:03 AM - Entered by: Conny
We are very sad to have lost our dear uncle Fred. I miss the phone calls and video calls with him. It makes me happy that my family and I could have beautiful holidays with Fred and that my children could meet him.. we miss Fred very much but it comforts us that he is now with his beloved wife Lucille. He will always be in our hearts. He was a good uncle. ♥ Conny, Oliver, Leonie and Jan
May 23, 2018 4:52 PM - Entered by: Bill & Margie
To Fred family , our deepest condolences. We just want you to know how much Fred loved his family and how proud he was of his family. He really appreciated all the visits all the cards and letters, videos and phone calls . Although you were all so very far away you were very close to his heart . God was taking such very Great care of Fred . People came into his life at the right times. Anyone who met Fred loved him . He was such a kind and wonderful and funny person . We also feel very Blessed that he was in our life.You can rest assured that ladies that cared for Fred loved him too and he loved them ♥️
May 23, 2018 3:18 PM - Entered by: DeeDee B.
Fred certainly was blessed with the strength mentioned at Psalms 90:10. Although living a full life, he will surely be missed by loved ones. Jehovah the God of all comfort (Romans 15:4) has commissioned his Son to awaken all those who have fallen asleep (John 5: 28, 29). Please kindly accept my sympathy and may these scriptures bring you much needed comfort.
May 23, 2018 2:52 PM - Entered by: Lydia
"Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight....how it holds you in place". Everyone associated with me can endorse how impassioned I am with respect to my patients. Chiefly, this one... Fred. His serene yet sublime soul has sculpted an eternal imprint in my heart. I will unfailingly remember the smiles, the laughter, the jokes, the sleepless nights, the walks, the quiet moments, and SURELY the last. Although losing him while holding him in my arms remains a painfully difficult memory, I will evenhandedly reminisce about these simple things. For it is them that will help obliterate the pain of watching him take his last breath, and ultimately resuscitate the pleasant recollections alongside his politeness. Farewell my dear Fred who transitioned from this world on Mother's Day 2018. SLEEP IN ETERNAL PEACE From Joseph, Lydia, Vonte, Diamond and my grand nieces Sahtorei, Neveah,and Naioki-Lee
May 23, 2018 5:01 AM - Entered by: Bill & Margie
The most precious legacy of a human being is the trail that leaves his love in our hearts ... (Albert Schweitzer)
May 23, 2018 3:26 AM - Entered by: Carla Rodway
Uncle Fred, although not by blood but by marriage...I could not have loved you more. Our yearly visits have been a highlight in my life. I am going to miss the fun and the laughs and you...You have blessed me richly. I am happy you made your way home to Aunty Luc. Until we meet again...and Uncle we will meet again.!! I love you...Carla
May 22, 2018 11:04 PM - Entered by: Darlene Mayer
Uncle Fred you will be missed so much. Knowing your with aunty Luc whom you missed dearly, is the only comfort we have. Having Bill and Margie taking care of both of you was such a blessing ..as you said many times you dont know what you would do without them...We are eternally great full for everything they did for you and aunty Luc..giving you their all when you were coping with aunties loss and your health. Rest in Peace Uncle Fred. Our condolences go out to Margie and Bill whom where there for them and who were like family to both auny Luc and uncle Fred. Thank you we will be eternally greatful for everything you have done. Darlene Randy and Family
May 22, 2018 10:08 PM - Entered by: Jackie Pounall
SIP my darling Fred you'll be miss, you were a perfect Gentleman with lots of love, love you Fred
May 22, 2018 7:21 PM - Entered by: Bill & Margie
Those we love Don’t go away, They walk beside us Every day ... Unseen, unheard, But always near, Still loved, Still missed and Very dear. Fred you’re in heaven now with the love of your life Lucille and your cat Misty . We will take care of Kalie until it’s time for her to go home with her family in heaven . We love and miss you so much Until we meet again ♥️ Bill & Margie