It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of Fred Beckley, on July 17, 2020 at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre after a brief battle with cancer.
Fred was born in Red Deer on July 26, 1957, to William and Sylvia Beckley.
He attended school in Red Deer and then worked in the oil patch all over Alberta for most of his adult life and was a qualified professional truck driver.
Fred worked for the Town and subsequently the City of Lacombe for 17 years, then for D and M Concrete in Lacombe and seasonally for Bettenson's Sand & Gravel of Red Deer as a gravel and concrete mixer driver.
He was a truck driver with a wry sense of humour and referred to himself as Derf, Fred spelled backwards. He had a love of fishing and trucking and also enjoyed guitar which, with the help of some noted musicians, he mostly taught himself to play and although he could never get the beat for strumming he was a darn good picker.
He left this world peacefully with his wife of 19 years, Beverley Beckley at his side.
Fred was married three times in his life first at 18 to Judy, later to Karen and then Beverley.
Fred met Beverley in early 2001 at The Vat in Red Deer where they became known as “the Vat Couple”.
Fred and Beverley were engaged in February that year and were married on June 3rd.
Fred leaves behind his wife Beverley, children Daniel Beckley of Nanaimo, BC, Robyn DeVore, of Red Deer, Alberta, Kyle Beckley of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Sister Sherry Nicholson of Blackfalds, Alberta, step-daughter Avalon Cousins of Red Deer, Alberta , nieces, nephews, grandchildren and step-grandchildren.
Fred was predeceased by his parents William (Bill) Beckley and Sylvia Beckley and Brother in Law Alan Nicholson.
A Celebration of Fred's life with be held Monday July 27, 2020 3PM at Ugly's Pub & Grill in Lacombe, Alberta.
Special thanks to Dr. Susan Konynenbelt, Dr. S. Raissouni at the Central Alberta Cancer Centre. as well as Unit 32 & 23 at the Red Deer Regional Hospital.
“My splendour is gone...” (Lamentations 3:18)
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