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It is with great sadness that the family of Frederick Arnould Hartnell announces his passing.

With his loving wife and family surrounding him, he passed away peacefully, at his home in Rainy River, Ont., early Sunday morning, Oct. 28, 2012 at the age of 94.

Fred was born April 23, 1918 to Walter and Mary Hartnell in a log house in the Township of Blue, Ont. He was the oldest of five children.

On July 10, 1943, Fred married the love of his life, Vivian Hanson. Together they farmed and raised their 10 children.

Fred lived a full and busy life. He spent many years trucking and logging, which often took him away from home. After retiring from the bush, he worked as Road Superintendent for Blue, Worthington, and Atwood and driving the sander for M.T.O.

He retired from that at the age of 80, but still continued to keep his horses and a few animals on the farm.

Fred was a great role model for his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all who knew him.

Fred leaves behind his loved ones, Vivian, his wife of 69 years; daughters, Carol (Hugh) Clifford and Eleanor (Archie) Wiersema of Rainy River, Ont., Emily (Curt Ronning) Duggan of Kenora, Ont., Phyllis (Ralph) Angus of Atikokan, Ont., and Donna (Paul) Heyens of Stratton, Ont.; sons, Everett (Laurie) of Fort McMurray, Alta., Douglas (Sandy) of Rainy River, Ont., and James (Dorothy) of Fort Frances, Ont.; and son-in-law, Wilmer Caul of Mine Centre, Ont.

He also is survived by 39 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; his sister, Lorna Wrolstad; and sisters-in-law, Jean Hartnell and Irene, Rose, Nancy, and Jeannine Hanson.

Fred was predeceased by his daughters, Mary Caul and Cindy Mowe; parents, Walter and Mary; brother, Walter; and sisters, Emily Embury and Doris Tausendfrende.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Rainy River, with Pastor Barb Miller officiating.

Internment took place in Blue Cemetery.

If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Rainy River Health Centre or the charity of your choice c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont.

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God saw he was getting tired and a cure was not to be.

So he put His arms around him and whispered, “Come with Me.”

With tear-filled eyes we watched him slowly fade away.

Although we loved him deeply, we could not make him stay.

A golden heart stopped beating, hard-working hands put to rest.

God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.