In memory of

Frederick Schmidt

July 6, 1937 -  March 5, 2023

On March 5, just as the sun came up, Frederick Gerhardt Schmidt, age 85, died peacefully in Toronto, ON.

Fred was a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. Born in Monterey, MN in 1937, he studied science at Valparaiso University in Indiana before transferring to Concordia College in St. Paul, MN where he met his future wife, Marilyn Boock, an elementary school teacher. In 1961, Fred graduated with a BA from Concordia Sr. College in in Fort Wayne, IN and received an M.Div. from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO in 1965. Fred and Marilyn married in 1962 and moved to Painesville, OH where Fred served a vicarage at Zion Lutheran Church. Upon graduation he was ordained in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and sent to serve as Pastor to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Edmonton AB. He later would serve Bethlehem Lutheran in Vancouver, BC, Meadowvale Lutheran in Mississauga ON, and Grace Lutheran in Hamilton ON. In retirement, he served as an interim minister in the Upper La Have-Rhodes Corner Parish in Nova Scotia. He was pastor during a time of change in society and the church, providing innovative creative leadership in mission and ecumenical settings. A descendant of many generations of Lutheran clergy, in his own words, he grew “away from a narrow and ridged view to one with more openness and flexibility in theology, Biblical interpretation, and practice of ministry.” Fred was known in his ministry for his wisdom and his steady, grace-filled presence. In his life and ministry, he strived to seek justice, to do kindness and to walk humbly with his Creator.

Throughout his career Fred remained grounded in his love of learning, science, nature, art, literature and music. He enjoyed hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, and exploring the out-of-doors in the many places he lived. Until his last days, Fred was an avid reader. In quiet ways, he was an important figure in the lives of many.

Fred’s life was enriched by a wide group of dear friends that included seminary classmates, colleagues, and many others he encountered along the way who shared his passion for music, nature, art and travel. In retirement, Marilyn and Fred, continued to enjoy the beautiful nature of Dundas valley (known to his grandchildren as “grandpa’s woods”) and became part of a community of seniors hikers and cyclists. Fred took up painting, and he and Marilyn enjoyed art galleries and museums, concerts, films, and reading. They also explored the world with months-long road trips across North America, visits with family and friends, and travels to Europe and Latin America. A highlight of his retirement was being grandfather to Annika, Martin, and Maya, who each inherited his curiosity about and love of nature, and commitment to a better, more just world.

Fred’s companion in his journey, Marilyn, passed away in the fall of 2021. The oldest of five, Fred is survived by his brothers and their wives H. Paul and Sylvia, Steve and Diane (dec.), Leon and Marlene, and Bob and Kathy; Marilyn’s two younger brothers and their wives Dave and Cheri, and Jerry and Darcy; his son Michael, daughter-in-law Teajai; his son Jonathan, and daughter-in-law Alice; and three grandchildren Annika, Martin and Maya Schmidt, whom Fred showered with love

Fred’s life mirrored the words of his favourite psalm, “I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” In memoriam, gifts can be given to any organization of your choice that works toward a more just world, supports the arts, or cares for creation. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 104 Hughson St. N, Hamilton, ON, at 11:00 a.m. ET, March 14, 2023. The service will be livestreamed. To request the link, please email jschmidtNM(at) prior to March 14. Later in the year, there will be a graveside service and interment at Marilyn’s resting place in Spencer, WI.

“Here dies another day
During which I have had eyes, ears, hands
And the great world round me;
And with tomorrow begins another.
Why am I allowed two?”
- C.K. Chesterton


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Liz Bender (Member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Hamilton)

Entered March 8, 2023 from Burlington, Ontario

My deepest condolences to the family of Fred .
He was such a kind and compassionate human being and he will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to have known him.
May God be with you all at this sad time 🕊️🙏

Jennifer McKeel (Niece)

Entered March 8, 2023 from Orange Park, FL

What a life worth celebrating! We are all better for having known Fred. He was a good man of God. A quiet example of what it meant to be more like Jesus.

I take joy in envisioning he and Marilyn’s reunion in Heaven. We all have such good memories of them both. The world really is just a little better because they were in it. ❤️

Doug Schweyer (Friend/colleague)

Entered March 10, 2023 from Kitchener/Waterloo

Fred and I met at the St,Louis Seminary. And after Ordination Fred went to Western Cananada and I went east. We saw each over the years and when we both came to Hamilton we renewed our friendship this time with our wives Marilyn and Joyce.Then at Marilyn’s illness and death we continued a regular association. Fred loved the Lord and we served as clergy in the Church we had much in common.

Our talks in person and by phone we’re sometimes long and delightful. Discussion of the church and Theology were often Included. He was interested as to what was happening, personal and in the church. We had a hard time keeping up with his changes of care homes, but thanks to Jonathan his address was Fred’s, and updates with telephone number, we kept in touch. Our thoughts and prayers are with family and all who mourn, we miss both Marilyn and Fred, we cherished their friendship.

H. Paul Schmidt (Brother)

Entered March 10, 2023 from Vancouver, BC

My Brother Fred by H. Paul Schmidt March, 2023

Fred and I grew up together, less than a year apart in age. In some ways we grew up as twins. We played together; we got in trouble together; we argued together; we roamed the woods and fields of central Minnesota together and hunted together. We together were often responsible for our three younger brothers.

Fred was one year ahead of me in school, but we played on the same sports teams, sang in the same choirs, played in band and had projects in 4 H together.

After high school Fred went to Valparaiso University for a year; then we caught up with each other in our second year in College in St. Paul, Senior College in Ft. Wayne together, then Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. During some summers we built silos together with our brother Leon.

In 1965 we were ordained to public ministry together by our father. Fred, married to Marilyn and me newly married to Sylvia, our two families moved to Alberta.The next years as our children came along we did many things as families together, especially camping and canoeing.

Though Fred and I are two different personalities in many ways, we usually agreed theologically, politically, and our approach to life. We could always "check notes," no matter the situation in which we found ourselves.

Fred is such a significant part of my life. I will always thank God that he is my brother.

Charles and Joyce Dechert (Friends in Ministry)

Entered March 10, 2023 from Hamilton, Ontario

We express our sympathy to a very fine Christian. We have been blessed to
know him and Marilyn.

The Dechert’s


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