Wilfred David Schwartz

Wilfred David Schwartz

(December 23, 1929 - June 27, 2021)


Born Wilmer David Schwartz on December 23, 1929, on the Hearn place in Wellesley township, Ontario, to Amish parents John “Jack” and Nancy Schwartz. 

Our dad always had a sense of adventure. As a young adult, he traveled halfway across the country, settling in the small community of Camrose, Alberta. With an outgoing, fun-loving personality that was larger than life, he soon gained the nickname “Friday”. Many, including the love of his life, Joyce, heard his name as “Freddy”, and the name stuck. Soon after he legally changed his name to Wilfred, Fred for short. Those who knew our dad knew what a genuine person he was. He was a straight shooter, always willing to help others, extremely loyal to his family and friends and had a mischievous sense of humour (something all of his children inherited). If you bought a car in Camrose he probably sold it to you. He was the best father anyone could ask for, always fully invested in our interests from childhood to adulthood, always there to support us in the good times and the bad, always available to lovingly take care of us and our mom, always… without ever asking for anything in return. We are all proud to have been able to call him dad, and the memories he left behind are invaluable. 

Fred passed peacefully on June 27, 2021, with all his children by his side. He is predeceased by his wife Joyce; parents John “Jack” and Nancy; and brother Alvin. He leaves behind his sister Lois; four children Barry (Robbie), Bonnie (Terry), Holly (Rob), and Dean (Nicole); grandchildren Tera (Wayne), Madison (Alana), Kurtis, Jolana (Rob), Brayden and Breanna; great grandchildren Hayley and Hannah; and many relatives and friends that will forever hold his memories close to their hearts. 


A Funeral Mass was held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 7, 2021 from St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, 3605 50 St, Camrose with Father Joby Augustin as Celebrant. Inurnment has taken place in the Camrose Valleyview Cemetery.


For those unable to attend, the Funeral Mass was live-streamed on the St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church website https://stfxcamrose.caedm.ca/ and a recording of the funeral mass is available on the St. Francis Xavier Church website under "Recorded Masses". 

If family and friends so desire, memorial contributions in Wilfred's memory may be made to the St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary, or to the Aspen Ridge Lodge (1100 - 20Ave. Didsbury, AB T0M 0W0).