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Fred Hatch

February 15th, 1947 - August 18th, 2020
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Frederick Lloyd Hatch was born February 15, 1947 in Brandon Manitoba and raised on Pleasant Dawn Farms in Oak Lake Manitoba. He joined the RCMP May 12, 1967 and after training was posted to his first detachment in Ituna Saskatchewan and later in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. After coming to BC he was stationed in Trail BC for 3 years then transferred to the lower mainland in June 1973 where he remained until retirement May 12, 2003. He served in several detachments throughout the lower mainland primarily Vancouver Drug Section. The last 10 years of service he was in charge of Protective Services where he had the honour and privilege to meet many visiting dignitaries and world leaders.

He is survived by Jo his wife of 50 years, daughter Laura ( Stephane ) grandchildren Alex and Chloee, son Lincoln (Sarah) and grandchildren Mason and Isla, son Tyler (Pam) and special niece (our 4th child) Lorena (Hutch) and Kelti. Also survived by family, brother David, brother Tully (Arlene); niece Debbie (Ken) Carter (Nicole), Cole and Austin, Kevin (Suzanne) Brooklyn, Tyson and Reagan, Trent (Ashley) Savery, Sefton, Hollis, and Bristol, sister Mary (Jack); Jacquelyne and James.

His love for gardening and landscaping was somethings he enjoyed all his life but particularly in retirement. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2012 and fought a long hard battle against this ravaging disease. It robbed him of many things but most especially difficult was his progressive aphasia leading to an almost inability to speak and communicate. He always loved to tell stories and jokes and loved to laugh so this was particularly devastating.

Fred passed away August 18, 2020 at Langley Memorial Hospital letting Alzheimers win that battle but went on with great faith and triumphed free winning the war!
He was a member of St Joseph Catholic Church in Langley and embraced his Catholic faith to the end. Many thanks to Deacon Dan Ritchie for visiting Fred and Father Patrick Chisholm for his care and attention.

Fred had an immense love for animals and over many years enjoyed our dogs, cats, budgie birds, rabbits, and guinea pigs. Fred often joked that we had everything but a giraffe! He mourned the loss of them all but most notably our dog Mugsy and our 20 year old cat Pudd who died in his arms March of this year.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St Joseph Catholic Church Tuesday August 25 at 10:30 am, Father Patrick Chisholm officiating. Due to rigid covid restrictions unfortunately church attendance must be limited to family members and invited guests only. Live streaming is available for those not able to attend.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society. View Tribute Book.


Cheryl and Chauntal Rosbo
December 2nd, 2022

Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Hatch family. Thinking of you all.

Denise Ackerman
December 2nd, 2022

Being friends with a Hatch kid meant you were friends with the entire family! I will always have fond memories of pulling up to The Hatchs’ and seeing Fred in the garage. When Fred found out I got my first summer job on a golf course, there was no way I was going to bypass a conversation with Fred and just pick-up Laura to head out. When I changed my major in school to Horticulture, well we had lots of chats in the garage and in the yard about the cedar hedge (that was always masterfully pruned level and straight) and the Gunnera! I was always welcomed at the Hatchs’ and feel blessed that my paths crossed with Laura and became life long friends with the ENTIRE family! We will dearly miss you Fred and send all our love.
Our Condolences,
Denise, Brad, Meghan & Grace

Faye, Kim and Gaby
December 2nd, 2022

Our hearts were with you today as you celebrated Fred's life, a life of moral courage sprinkled with a quick wit and a caring soul. I will forever remember Fred as my dashing older cousin who reached out and supported me whenever needed. Thank you, Fred and Joan. Fred will always be missed and always be remembered as a person who made a difference. Our sincere condolences.
Faye, Kim and Gaby

Hilton & Karen Kate
December 2nd, 2022

We will always remember that twinkle in Fred's eyes before he commented into a discussion around Happy Hour. He was eloquent and full of laughter. Condolences to Joan, Eleanor and the family.

Rocky Rockwell
December 2nd, 2022

My condolences to the Hatch family. Fred and I worked together at Vancouver Drug Section. R.I.P Fred.

Rocky Rockwell Rtd.

December 2nd, 2022

My sincere condolences,
I will be eternally grateful of having met S/Sgt Hatch. It is because of him that I had the career that I am so proud of. Fred took the time to meet with me despite the fact that he had never heard of me and had no position available at VIP.
He taught me the importance of always making time for others and having an open door policy.
As I went up the ranks, I applied HIS principle and was fortunate to discover talented employees otherwise hidden. I briefly worked for Fred, one year and a half, but the impact he had as a human being and supervisor still lives on.
Thank you Fred for believing, blessed your soul,

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