Fred Oesen

April 13, 1947 - October 30, 2023

Funeral Details: A Celebration of Life will take place in Toronto on Fred’s birthday Saturday April 13, 2024.

Karl Friedrich Wilhelm von Oesen known by most as Fred Oesen passed away after a courageous battle with cancer Monday, October 30th , 2023.  He will be sadly missed and forever in the hearts of his beloved family - mother Anne Lucille Maier (deceased), father Wilhelm (William) von Oesen (deceased), mother of his twin daughters Leslie Ashby, daughters Amanda von Oesen and Amber von Oesen, grandson Theo von Oesen, step children Tamasin Ashby, David Ramsay, sisters Karen Turner, Judy Breitbach, nieces and nephews Rhonda, Markham, Ronald, Barry, Debra and Kim.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the RVH Foundation - Keep Life Wild campaign  in thanks for the loving care he received from his entire cancer team.



4 Condolences
  • Joe, Jann and Kelsey Schlett
    Posted on: Saturday, November 4, 2023 Reply

    Our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Fred. As long-time neighbours of Fred in Collingwood since 2005, we admired Fred’s consistent kindness, respect and thorough sense of humour. Yes, he was the ‘life’ of the party, whether big or small. Listening to Fred’s extensive life experiences were always fun and interesting, he will be truly missed.

  • Don McLoughlin
    Posted on: Monday, November 6, 2023 Reply

    Leslie, Amanda and Amber,

    Lee and I are so sad at Fred’s passing and wanted you to know that we are thinking of you. I loved Fred and valued him not only as a great personal friend but also as a person who had a great impact on our business career.
    I had the pleasure , albeit, difficult, of visiting Fred once a week for his last three weeks. He was amazingly positive, upbeat and still full of stories. many of them included in his book which I thoroughly enjoyed. He told me he was secure in having led a full life and that he was happy. My feeling is that he saw his way out, in exactly the same way he led his life. You and his friends have lost an incredible icon. The world needs more Freds! Wishing you better times ahead.
    Don and Lee McLoughlin

  • Tamasin Ashby
    Posted on: Tuesday, November 7, 2023 Reply

    So very sorry to hear of Fred’s passing away . Thoughts and prayers

  • Christopher Ashby
    Posted on: Thursday, November 9, 2023 Reply

    Alain and I send our condolences. I now how much this much be hurting his daughters and we send love and prayers of support.

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