Donald Frederick “Fred” Brouse died peacefully at his home in Iroquois, on Saturday, May 12, 2012. He was 76.
Born September 29, 1935, in Prescott, to the late George and Agnes Brouse, Fred was an only child. He was raised on a dairy farm at Iroquois where he attended public and high school.
Fred graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto in 1959, and went to work for Automatic Electric in Brockville starting in 1961. At Automatic Electric, he was shop foreman for 33 years before retiring.
In 1959, Fred met Carole Caloren, and five years later they were married in the Presbyterian Church in Iroquois. Fred and Carole would have celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary this September 5, 2012.
Fred and Carole loved people.
Fred and his father were great carpenters and together they built boats that Fred would race. Fred raced hydroplane boats across Canada and the United States. He was Canadian Champ for seven years and was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Hydroplane racing in 1989.
After racing, Fred decided to slow it down. He purchased a cruiser, and he and Carole travelled far and wide creating great memories of the river.
Fred leaves to mourn his wife of 48 years, Carole Brouse and his mother-in-law Donalda Banford. He was dear brother-in-law to Marilyn and Neil Coir of Canton, N.Y., and David Barton and the late Judy Barton of Sorrento, BC.
Fred will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews Jennifer and Doug Collins of Boston, Greg and Alex Coir of Newbury Port, MA, Marc and Melanie Price of Kelowna, BC and Michael and Monica Hammerton of BC.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home Iroquois, on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral service took place at Knox Presbyterian Church in Iroquois on Thursday, May 17 at 11 a.m. Interment was at Iroquois Point Cemetery.
Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Winchester Hospital were gratefully acknowledged by the family.