A resident of Morrisburg for the past 21 years, Frederik Willem Furster passed away suddenly at home on Monday, August 29, 2016. He was 62.
Fred was born in Amsterdam on January 12, 1954 to his parents Stephan and Hendrika Furster (nee Eldrick).
He moved to Canada with parents & older sister when he was two years of age, settling in the area of Pierrefond Quebec (Montreal).
Then he had two brothers Steve & Vic join the family.
He attended school there, finishing his Degree in Biology at McGGill University.
The family then moved to Kingston Ontario where he attended Queens University getting his teaching degree.
He went to Toronto to teach at Sprucecourt public school when the signs of MS took over his life.
Diagnosed in 1991, they figured out that he had MS while studying at McGill.in the 70s.
With all the symptoms starting then he struggled and finished his courses.
Fred’s love was music, especially guitar. His favourite was classical and Flamenco.
He played like a angel. People could listen to him for hours.
Fred also loved teaching guitar which he did in Kingston sharing a studio with another musician.
Involved with Toronto’s Royal Conservatory in Music, he travelled with students to competitions as far as Niagara Falls.
He was also a member of a Guitar Association in England, which members included Paul McCartney.
He had a few students in the Morrisburg, Winchester and Morewood areas for a short time, driving to their homes to teach guitar.
He also loved animals, that was a big part of his daily life.
An avid hockey fan cheering for Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens kept him entertained while bed ridden the last few years of his life.
Fred also loved Meditation and Yoga which helped him greatly with his MS
He was a shy, intelligent man with a dry sense of whit. His caring and giving will be missed so very much.
He always had a spring in his step, a smile on his face and never a bad word said about anyone.
He was a dedicated partner who has left a big hole .
Good bye dear best friend and confidant. See you later Bearse.
Fred is survived by his wife Kim Campbell (nee Smith), his siblings Martine White (Stuart) of Scotland, Steve Furster of Kingston and Vic Furster (Karen) of Streetsville. Uncle to Justine Furster of Dartsmouth NS, Laura of Hamilton and Daniel of Mississauga and great uncle to Jazzlyn and Lacey.
He was the brother-in-law of Ted Smith (Connie) of Morrisburg, Kathy Casselman (Dennis) of Williamsburg and Janet Munro (Ron) of Morrisburg.
He is also survived by nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews in Morrisburg, Williamsburg, Embrun areas & Halifax.
There was no visitation at the funeral home. A public graveside service was held at Glenhaven Memorial Gardens in Kingston on Friday, September 2nd at 11 a.m. with Rev. Firas Shammas officiating.
Donations to the South Dundas Animal Shelter would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.