Fred Schaller

Fredric (Fred) August Schaller 1938 – 2019

Fred passed away peacefully March 30, 2019 at Riverview Gardens, Chatham, Ontario, surrounded by the love of his family, in his 81st year. Born in Shakespeare, Ontario. on October 7, 1938 to August Schaller and Herta Kruger, he attended school in Stratford, Ontario and apprenticed as a tool and die maker at Fisher Bearings in Stratford. On November 17, 1962 he married Arlene Buchanan in Stratford, Ontario, and in 1963 he decided that he wanted to be an engineer. He graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1969 and then worked in iron foundries in Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba. He began working in Daymond Aluminum in Chatham in 1988 as Design Engineer, and retired in 2005. Not enjoying retirement, he then trained and worked at Home Depot until 2013.

Always exhibiting a keen attention to detail and a wry sense of humour, Fred had a passion for airplanes, enjoyed music, making home renovations, travelling in Canada and abroad, photography, stamp collecting, model-making and working in the garden with his wife Arlene. He was a former member of the Chatham Camera Club and a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario. In later years, Fred participated in the Parkinson’s Superwalk until he was no longer able to do so.

Cremation has taken place. Interment will take place at a future date. Roger Carter will conduct a memorial service on Sunday May 5th, at the Active Lifestyle Centre, 20 Merritt at 2 p.m.

Follow this link for direction to the Active Lifestyle Centre in Chatham

Donations in Fred’s memory may be made to the Parkinson’s Society of Southwestern Ontario via their web page at Please mention Fred’s name when making the donation.

Fred is survived by his wife Arlene of Chatham as well as their children Stephen (Pina Greco) of Greenfield Park, Quebec, Scott (Kim Clarke) of Chatham, Suzanne of Ottawa, and Stuart of Chatham. As well, he is fondly remembered and will be missed by his granddaughters Nicole and Jessica Schaller, who knew him as Opa, by his sisters Greta Tompkins of Stratford and Helen (Willi) Bauer of Kitchener, and by many nieces and nephews to whom he will always be Uncle Fred. Fred was predeceased by his parents and in 2018 by his brother Harold Frier, as well as brother-in-law John Tompkins and sister-in-law Lyle Frier.

8 Comments on “Fred Schaller”

  1. Arlene, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest sympathy. I will call you soon. Hugs and prayers.

  2. MY condolences to Fred’s family. I enjoyed working with Fred at The Home Depot. You are in my prayers

  3. Dear Arlene and Family – our deepest condolences on your loss. Fred was a great guy and a true gentleman and I enjoyed working with him at Daymond.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Todd and Jennifer Young

  4. Dearest Arlene and family, our heartfelt condolences for your loss. We could see the love and affection you had for Fred, the care and tenderness you exhibited was beautiful. We have learned that grief is the love you want to give but cannot. You all will be missed and remembered.
    With sympathy and love,
    RVG 2W staff

  5. I am very sorry for your loss. Fred was not only my boss but I considered him a good friend and dare say a mentor and somewhat a father figure. When he started at Daymond Aluminum I had already been there a number of years. One of the smartest persons I have ever had the pleasure to work with. When he retired it was a sad day for us in the Engineering Department. His insights and the humorous remarks he bestowed upon us were priceless. I can still hear him say “How can that be” , every time something unordinary would arise.
    I could go on for a while but I have been told at times I talk too much.
    Again, I offer my deepest sympathies. He will always be in my thoughts, as I had and still have the deepest respect for him.

  6. Arlene…I’m so sorry …my deepest sympathies for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. It was my pleasure to know Fred. He certainly had courage fighting his illness. May he now be in peace.

  7. On behalf of the Schaller family, thank you so much to everyone who remembers Fred. We all miss him very much.

    Please note that the date for the memorial has been changed, now May 5th, at the Active Lifestyle Centre, 20 Merritt at 2 p.m.

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