Frederick Ernest Mullin

Frederick Ernest Mullin

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He leaves behind his wife, Gabriele, stepsons Gordon and James (Irene), sons Anthony (Kathleen), Christian (Linda) and Frederick, daughter Victoria (Sham), and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Born in Gosforth, England to Ernest and Elizabeth Mullin, he was the youngest of three children. At the age of 18, he joined the Royal Air Force and trained to be an Air Gunner. During his time in the forces, he travelled to India and Singapore after WWII. He was demobilized in 1947 and decided to take up a new life out of England. En route to Australia, he stopped in Central Saanich, where he helped his uncle on his farm. After some time, he began working as a steamfitter on the Royal Jubilee Hospital and at the shipyard in Victoria, and, thus, Canada became home.

In the early 1950s, he moved to Prince Rupert and started his family. He travelled back and forth between Alberta and BC for work, until he found his passion with Canadian Unions. This passion, and the need for steady work, brought him to Crofton to work at the BCFP Pulp Mill. There, he would spend the rest of his working career devoted to the Crofton Mill and the Pulp and Paper Workers of Canada, both at the Crofton local (PPWC Local 2), and at the national office, until his retirement in 1990.

He had a second passion in which he was equally driven – building houses. His first was in Crofton and the carpentry bug took hold. In total, he built five; four of them with his wife. Later on in life, he conceded to building sheds around the yard, but fondly talked about “the next house”.

He will be remembered for his passion, determination, pride and sense of humor. He will forever be in our hearts and thoughts. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Rest in Paradise Dad.

Cowichan Valley Citizen

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