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Friedrich Altvater

Friedrich Altvater

Monday, March 13th, 1944 Monday, July 6th, 2020

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Obituary for Friedrich Wilhelm Altvater

Fred passed away peacefully in Winnipeg with his wife of 51 years, Shirley, by his side.

Fred is lovingly remembered by his children, Angie (Royden), Patricia (Rob), and Robert (Alison). He was Opa to Kimberly, Joshua, Alli, Shayla, Gavin, Aidan & Austin. They will miss him so much!

Fred worked for Winnipeg Hydro for 36 years. Fred was a minister in the New Apostolic Church for 38 years and enjoyed doing missionary work in Africa, India, and Asia. He was a loved and respected teacher and pastor. Fred was an avid stamp collector since childhood and was an active member of the Winnipeg Philatelic Society.

A special thank you to Dr. Wong and the staff at CancerCare, HSC, and also to Dr. Garcia and staff on 3 East - Palliative Care Unit, Riverview Health Centre. We really appreciated their excellent care.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date due to COVID travel restrictions. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations in Fred's name can be made to any charity or to the NAC Foreign Extension Inc.

Fred was born on March 13th, 1944, in Hindenburg, Germany, which is now called Zabrze (pronounced Zabjay) Poland. As a child, Fred lived in Asperg, Germany. In 1953, when he was 9 years old, Fred came to Canada with his parents and siblings. They first settled in Alberta because they had relatives there, but later moved to Winnipeg because Fred’s father, Willy, was a member of the New Apostolic Church in Germany and wanted to attend the same church in Canada. Fred’s mother, Hedwig, and the children became members in Winnipeg and the family attended church faithfully.

Fred graduated from Tech Voc High School in 1964 and then literally walked across the street and worked at Winnipeg Hydro for the next 36 years. He started work in the Appliance Service department, then moved to the Meter Branch, and then later moved to the Technical Services Branch where he became a Technical Advisor. He was so capable with everything electrical. He had such an attention to detail. He retired from Winnipeg Hydro in 1999, at the age of 55.

Fred married Shirley in 1968, and they had 3 children; Angelica, Patricia and Robert. A year after Angie was born, Fred was ordained as a Priest in the New Apostolic Church. He always placed God first in his life and he tried his best to help the congregation grow. Fred’s ministerial work was volunteer, but he received wages of Blessings. Over the years, Fred and his family enjoyed God’s help in many ways.

In 1981, Fred made his first missionary trip overseas, travelling with Bishop Jansen Sr. to Nigeria. In the mid 80’s Fred involved himself with helping with Laotian guests in the Winnipeg congregation. Fred and his wife helped sponsor 2 families to come to Canada from refugee camps in Laos. Fred continued to help with the missionary work overseas and used his holiday time from Winnipeg Hydro to travel for the church. He made 10 trips to India (Chennai) and 38 trips to the Philippines, which included working in Korea and Malaysia- Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak and Sabah. After retiring from Winnipeg Hydro, Fred had more time to travel. He trusted fully in God’s help and he was not afraid. With many prayers he travelled safely and remained generally healthy. Besides his overseas work, Fred was also a Rector of a small congregation in Winnipeg for a few years. Fred retired from his Church Ministry in 2009.

After retiring, Fred and his wife spent more time in Germany with friends and family. They travelled to many beautiful cities, and enjoyed the scenery, architecture, and good wine! Fred & Shirley also enjoyed hosting German friends when they visited Canada. Fred liked to drive, and taking road trips to the mountains and east to Quebec were always highlights.

Fred’s favorite hobby was Stamp Collecting. He joined the Winnipeg Philatelic Society in 2007 and after his retirement, he enjoyed spending more time “playing with his stamps.” Fred also enjoyed reading and studying family history. In Germany he acquired much family memorabilia and had donated items to the historical society in Eglosheim, Ludwigsburg.

Fred was very talented. He could fix almost everything- watches, appliances, and plumbing. He was so capable, and organized, and thrifty. The grandchildren knew where to bring broken toys.
Fred also enjoyed a brief modeling career. One day in 1987, when they were short of money, Fred came home to say that he had been “discovered”. A lady had approached him and offered him a job as a ‘stand in” for an actor in the movie “The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick” which was being filmed in Winnipeg. Thus began Fred’s career with Sarge Talent! He was an extra in a couple more movies and was also pictured in some advertisements. He enjoyed the little piece of fame, and it was a Blessing that provided the extra money they needed.

Fred was predeceased by his parents, Friedrich Wilhelm and Hedwig Altvater. He is survived by his Siblings, Sieglinde, Gisela (Heinz), Norbert (Suzanne) and Gerald. He also leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Shirley, and Children, Angelica (Royden), Patricia (Rob) and Robert (Alison) He was Opa to Kimberly, Joshua, Alli, Shayla, Gavin, Aidan and Austin. They all miss him So much. He has many dear nephews, nieces, in laws, cousins and brothers and sisters in faith. In his last days he always prayed for all those loved ones who were praying for him. He really appreciated those prayers!

We are Thankful for all of Fred’s Work and Help in making our lives Happy and Blessed. We are Grateful to our Heavenly Father and His Servants for their Love, Guidance and Prayers.

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Carla Seaquist

It's an honour to be able to plant a tree for Fred and the family. I have many good memories growing up with Patti and Angie on the same street. Love
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James Hendel

A true example of a servant of God. He not only knew about our faith but lived it to the end. Our friend Fred left a footprint in our hearts which will never be erased. I still have a hydro meter table lamp he made for us and will think of him often.
Sympathies to the family and congregation.
James Hendel
Thunder Bay Ont.
Comment | Posted at 09:17am via Condolence

Linda Caldwell

My deepest sympathies to all of the family. Shirley attends yoga classes with me and I was fortunate to meet Fred briefly when he picked her up one day from class. I could sense in that short meeting that his kindness, and gentle soul showed in his eyes and speech. It was so nice to meet him..Take care everyone.
Comment | Posted at 01:38pm via Condolence

Richard Zipplinger

When I was a very young boy in our church on Banning Street, I remember this young man "Fred" was a Sunday School teacher. He carried those wonderful melt-in-your-mouth candy mints in a metal tin - for he was always meticulous and organized. He was kindly and generous and was happy to share with with us; just a genuinely good man. Later on, he became our Priest and Rector and continued his kindness and generosity to us, and eventually through us to many more people. He was and remains a blessing. There are so many words and phrases to describe this man as we were privileged to know him: good, gentle, kind, faithful, true, honest, sincere, selfless, teacher, believer, blessed. These are in addition to him being a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather as well as a true friend and shepherd of souls. But what always stands out to me every time I think upon him and his wife Shirley is that they are STEADFAST in their service to God and for God. He lived what he believed and it was his joy and his strength. We are grateful to God for the gift He gave us in Evangelist Altvater. To prove this, we endeavor to do even a modest part of all the good that he did for us, for we will meet again.
Comment | Posted at 03:58pm via Condolence

Donald W. Miller

Donald & Marian Miller
Our deepest condolences to Shirley and family. Our prayers are with you for peace and comfort at this
difficult time.
"God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble." Psalm 46:1
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