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MOOIBROEK, Frederik - WFP Obituary Photo.jpg


January 17, 1930 - October 29, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Frederik Mooibroek, at the age of 91 years, having lived a full and healthy life.

Fred will be remembered by his sons, Maynard (Marilyn) Hamilton, Ontario, and John (Anna Scaletta) Winnipeg, Manitoba; daughters Cindy (Bob) Hankey, Longville Minnesota; Marilyn (David Lau)) Calgary, Alberta; and Sandra Waterloo, Ontario; grandchildren Brandon Hankey (Kelsey Schultz), Ben Hankey (Brittany Borek), Eric Lau, Anneka Oudyk (Robert Nelson), Nick Oudyk and Luke Oudyk; great grandchildren Gustav and Lilia Hankey; brother Arthur (Teresa) Mooibroek, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Meint and Jantje Mooibroek; his wife of 67 years Margaret (July 2020); his elder siblings and their spouses; and his granddaughter Maren Hankey (2019).

Fred was born in Zwartemeer, Netherlands, the second youngest of seven children. After high school, he completed a degree in electrical engineering at the Technical School of Groningen. Shortly thereafter, at age 22, Fred emigrated to Canada settling in Winnipeg. To gain standing with the Association of Professional Engineers of Manitoba, Fred wrote the final examinations of the University of Manitoba 4-year electrical engineering program (in English). Most of his career as a professional engineer was working for the Department of National Defense, where he was a leader and a valued colleague, responsible for the electrical systems design in defense bases across Canada. He put pride into and loved his work.


Fred met the love of his life Margaret in Winnipeg in 1953, shortly after each had arrived from the Netherlands. They married in 1954 and chose to stay in Winnipeg; primarily in the Ehn Park area. As empty nesters, they enjoyed many years at Evergreen Place, valuing the community there as well.


Fred was a self-taught, avid woodworker, enjoying hours in his garage workshop, designing, and building furniture. His home was filled with his creations, as were the homes of his children and others. In addition, Fred built a 22-foot cabin cruiser, when this boat proved too 'small,' Fred dedicated six years to building a 32-foot cruiser, aptly named "Margaret". During the summer months, Fred and Margaret relaxed living aboard their boat at Winnipeg Beach, entertaining guests or just enjoying the peace and quiet of lake life with their fellow boaters. During the fall and winter months, they visited their children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, plus were regular attendees and supporters of the Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.


Fred formed many long-lasting friendships, first as a member of the Kildonan Christian Reformed Church and later as an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg. Fred especially enjoyed discussions with the Free Thinkers group and ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out). He will be remembered as a person who loved reading, reflection, discussion, music, walking and being with friends.


The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Grace and Misericordia Hospitals, for the caring provided tor-red during his last months of life. A special tribute to Bonnie Thiessen, Pastoral Care UU Church and to John Kruizinga, CRC ... beyond expectations.


In accordance with Fred's wishes, cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity close to your heart.


With wonder and pride, we grieve and celebrate with you, the community /communities of which our Dad and Mom, received from and contributed to. 

Fred’s family kindly requests that his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos and/or sharing your own memories and stories using the comment section on this page.

We invite you to join us in a virtual celebration of life for our parents Fred and Margaret Mooibroek. The celebration will be held on:

Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 1 pm CT

(2 pm in ON, 12 pm in AB, 11 am in BC)

This service will be hosted and facilitated by Rev. Meghann Robern of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg.

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