In memoriam: Fred Truckenbrodt (1919-2010)

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In memoriam: Fred Truckenbrodt (1919-2010)

Published on November 17 2010


The Department of Classics is sad to announce the recent passing of Fred Truckenbrodt who was a key member of the Niagara Peninsula Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America for over 30 years. A celebration of Fred's life was held on Friday, November 5 at 1:30 p.m. at the Williams Funeral Home, Ridgeway.

Obituary for Frederick Truckenbrodt
TRUCKENBRODT, Frederick Alfred

With great sadness, Fred's family announce his passing on October 29th in his 92nd. year from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He is survived by his sister Janet, nieces Barbara Wezse, Joan Embleton, Betsy Hyde (Mike), grandnephew Neil, grandnieces Eileen (Rick), Leah (Roger), Carolyn and Megan and many cousins throughout North America. Predeceased by his parents Charles and Helen (Amborski), sister Ruth and niece Betty.

After graduating from the Ontario Agricultural College at Guelph, Fred enlisted in the R.C.A.F. becoming a Flight Lieutenant/Instructor. After serving overseas, he graduated from the Ontario College of Education in Toronto. Fred proudly spent his entire teaching career at Beamsville High School as head of the science department. As well as teaching he coached basketball and football teams. He also produced Broadway-style musicals involving many students. Because he owned a fruit farm in Beamsville, he provided summer employment for his students.

His great passion was travel, visiting England, Europe, Japan, China, Egypt, India and many visits to Greece, his favorite Country. His travels also included Canada from east to west and the major cities of the USA.

Fred was instrumental in founding the Brock Chapter of The Archeological Institute of America (AIA) bringing international recognition to Brock University. In 2009 Fred was honored to be the first recipient of the Foot Soldier Award given for his dedication to promoting archeology. He was also an active member of: Bertie Historical Society, Buffalo Post Card Club, Burlington Post Card Club, Shorewalk, Point Albino Lightstation Preservation Society, Friends of Crystal Beach, and a charter member of Friends of the Canadiana. In 2009, he was the Grand Marshall for the "End of Summer" parade in Crystal Beach. He had a love of opera, ballet, theatre, history, sports, antiques and books. Fred "Truckie" enjoyed an active life full of family, friends he loved as family, entertaining at his home, reading, dancing and swimming. He was the most generous, intelligent, thoughtful brother, friend and Monkey's Uncle ever.

Please come and celebrate his life on Friday, November 5th at 1:30pm at the Williams Funeral Home, 722 Ridge Rd. North, Ridgeway, 905-894-1161, Donations may be made through Williams Funeral Home for a memorial item to be dedicated to Fred's life.