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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.

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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
Comment | Posted at 05:43pm via Condolence

Terry Murray

Our deepest sympathy to Shirley and the family. We will miss Fred’s spirited conversation and great sense of humour. We always looked forward to seeing him at functions at Rob and Patti’s home.
May you get joy from your memories and find comfort that he is at peace. David and Terry Murray
Comment | Posted at 01:07am via Condolence

David Heim

Extending sincere condolences, warm thoughts and promise of prayers in support of Shirley and the family as well as all the close friends near and far who grieve the loss of such a great man.
All our Love, David and Deidre Heim

Comment | Posted at 07:36pm via Condolence

Rob Nagy

So sad that our dear friend has passed but we are relieved his suffering is over. Evangelist Altvater as we knew him was a wonderful kind person, eager to help and always with a smile. I enjoyed the time spent with him helping out at the Gowrie’s home. The stamp collecting help he gave to me was wonderful and his collection truly impressive, I am glad for the time we shared.
I wish peace and comfort for all his family and friends as well that all the good memories of our friend come back often.
Rob and Marlys Nagy
Comment | Posted at 07:18pm via Condolence

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