Nov 09, 2023 | Nick Varaschin | 42 views
MPBA Mourns Loss of Friend Fred Flood
Fred Gerard Flood passed away on October 26 in the care and comfort of Georgian Bay General Hospital in his 77th year.
Born in the Netherlands, Fred moved to Ontario as a child, and eventually raised his family in Penetanguishene. He is survived by his partner Lana, sons Tom (Harmony) and Peter (Holly), friend and former spouse Sue, siblings Vicki, Gerry, Karen, Cindy and Stephanie, and grandchildren Lottie and Tommy.
Fred served his community for many years as Clerk and later Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Midland. He had a passion for sports and recreation, and considered one of his greatest professional accomplishments to be helping in the creation of the North Simcoe Sport and Recreation Centre, where he was inducted into the Midland Sports Hall of Fame. Fred was declared “Captain for Life” of the Midland Saints hockey team (a title he now concedes, reluctantly). He was also a pillar of the Midland baseball community, as a coach, manager, and fan throughout the decades. He will be greatly missed by the Midland Mariners at the ball diamond in the summer months.
Fred found joy in life no matter the circumstances. In spite of years of chronic illness, he would tell any stranger who would listen that he was “the luckiest man on earth.” In the hospital bed, he’d unfailingly respond “never better” if asked how he was feeling. In his final few days, he spent nearly every waking moment holding the hand of a friend or family member. He was surrounded by the voices of people who loved him, and there was a good vibe in the room when he left.
A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, November 30 from 5:00-7:00 at the North Simcoe Sport and Recreation Centre.
MPBA sends our condolences to the Flood family. Tiffin Park won’t be the same!