Frederick Joseph Mercer
March 12th, 1940 – March 24th, 2013
In loving memory of Frederick Joseph Mercer who, after a gallant battle with cancer, passed away with his loving family by his side.
Fred was born in the country of Newfoundland in the city of St. John’s. In 1957 at the age of 17, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces to serve his country. He then spent the next 21 years primarily with the 1st Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, then the 3rd Battalion PPCLI. Most of his career was spent as a member of the band, touring the world and captivating audiences with their performances. As a ”Band Rat” one of the highlights was performing in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo of 1962. Ultimately, Fred achieved his career goal of becoming the Drum Major for the band. When he wasn’t performing he served in the Anti-Tank platoon. After his departure from the army he took a position with Loomis Armored Car, safely transporting all of your money in and around Victoria for 15 years. Upon his retirement, Fred took up golf. Not one to take things lightly he became very good and in short order, recorded the first ever hole in one at Cordova Bay “The Ridge” Golf Course on July 9th, 1999.
Although serving his country was very important to him, what Fred held dearest to his heart was his family. Together with his wife Janice, they devoted their lives to raising four very responsible and loving children. The family bond instilled in their kids will be his ultimate legacy never to be forgotten.
When Fred was first diagnosed with this disease he chose to fight it on his own terms, with dignity and honour. This courageous position allowed him and his family to live with this illness and support him every step of the way. Fred definitely set the bar very high on how to leave this world.
Predeceased by his sister Lorraine, Fred is survived by his wife Janice, children Kirk (Sherri), Craig (Kana), Tony (Nicole) and Janet; his grandchildren Karsen, Rielyn, Grace, Wyatt, Kaila and Jordan; siblings Rita (Robert), Paul (Jenny), Ken (Diane), Deb (Michael); cousin Jeanette and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the nursing staff and volunteers of the Palliative Care Unit (PCU) at Saanich Peninsula Hospital along with Dr’s Winsby, Kennedy, Jovic and Marsh. In lieu of flowers, please give generously to the Palliative Care Unit at http://sphf.ca/donate. Please specify ‘other’ and enter ‘Palliative Care Unit’.
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, April 5th, 2013 from 1:30 – 4:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, Trafalgar/Pro Patricia, 411 Gorge Road, Victoria BC