Aug 18, 1945 – Nov 13, 2017
Fred was born in Fruitova Village in Grand Forks on August 18, 1945 to parents Fred D. and Mable Postnikoff. He grew up on the family farm in Almond Gardens. Fred left Grand Forks at the age of 18 and moved to the Vancouver area. He worked at Pacific Vanier Plywood Mill in New Westminster and met his future wife Joan. Fred attended V.V.I. and earned his 4th class Stationary Engineering Certificate.
He and Joan were married in 1966 and moved to Squamish, B.C. where he spent 5 years working at Woodfibre Pulp and Paper Mill. While there he earned his 3rd Class Engineering Certificate and was promoted to Control Room Engineer supervising a work crew.
In 1972, the family moved to Quesnel, where he worked at the Cariboo Pulp and Paper Mill for 9 years. He then left the industry and moved with his family to Surrey, where he took up building houses with his brothers.
Fred later ran Postnikoff Construction & Supply Ltd. along side his son Fred Jr. In 2001 he and his wife moved to Garden Bay, B.C. where they built a house and resided there until 2016 when they moved to Agassiz.
Fred was known for his contagious positivity and stubborn determination to enjoy life to the fullest and how he was going to take the world by storm. Family, friends and neighbours could always depend on Fred for a helping hand. He had a big heart and was very compassionate. He was well regarded in the workplace and was a natural leader. He loved his family very much.
Fred was predeceased by his grandson Anders (Postnikoff) Newman in 2015. He is survived by his wife Joan, daughter Laura Postnikoff (Sean Bogaerts), son Fred (Karen) Postnikoff, sister Irene (George) Semenoff, brothers Jim (Mable) Postnikoff, Bill (Shirley) Postnikoff, brother-in-laws Jim (Ruth) Riley, Louis (Marilyn) Riley, Tom Riley, David (Liz) Riley and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Fred’s funeral was held November 18, 2017 and was interred at the Sion Cemetery in Grand Forks, B.C.
Thank you to the caring doctors, nurses and staff at Lion’s Gate, Vancouver General, Burnaby General and Chilliwack Hospitals.
Thank you to the Grand Forks Funeral Home for helping with all the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Habitat for Humanity, www.habitat.ca