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Leary, Frederick Gordon

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Leary, Frederick Gordon

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  • Fred Leary

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1889-1985

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Frederick Gordon Leary was born September 29, 1889 at St. John, New Brunswick. He came to Chilliwack in 1914 at the age of 25 years and opened an ice cream parlor: Palm's Confectionary.

In 1926 Fred Leary was elected as a trustee of the local school board. He served in this capacity for 49 years, retiring as the longest serving elected official in 1975.

In 1939 he became an accountant. Over the course of his long tenure in Chilliwack Fred Leary was a founding member of the Union Board of Health (serving as Chairman for five years); was a member of the Chilliwack Volunteer Fire Department, serving for 41 years and retiring in 1956; was secretary of the first Agricultural Hall Society, and member of the Chilliwack and District Agricultural Society; was Chilliwack's Citizen to be recognized in 1956; was an active member of Chilliwack United Church and appointed as a Serving Brother of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, 1956, by the governor-general in Ottawa.

On June 29, 1920 Frederick Gordon Leary (31) married Elizabeth Hilda Blanche (Hilda) Manuel (23) at the Chilliwack Methodist Church. The couple had three daughters: Emily (married Lloyd Griffin), Fort Langley, Dorothy (married William W. Reid), Terrace, and Miriam (married Allan Ruttan), Prince George.

Frederick Gordon died in Chilliwack on October 6th, 1985 at the age of 96.

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