Frederick "Fred" Abner Wortman
After a courageous battle with cancer, Frederick "Fred" Abner Wortman, age 69, of Salisbury, passed away on August 6, 2018 at the Moncton City Hospital with his wife by his side.
Born December 23, 1948 at his grandparents’ home on Veterans Avenue in Salisbury, NB, he was the second son of the late Frank and Irene (Killam) Wortman.
Fred began milking cows and doing farm chores as a young boy on his parents dairy farms, and throughout his life spent many days as a dairy farmhand (several years on his younger brother Peter's dairy farm). He was happiest in the fields driving a piece of farm equipment.
Fred was a kind, quiet and gentle man who enjoyed the simple things in life. He had a passion for Nascar racing and in earlier years he enjoyed several trips to the States with his racing buddies. His love of car racing also took him to the local Petty Raceway. He loved to plant a vegetable garden just to see things grow. He often told his wife that the best purchase they ever made was the two-seater swing on the deck where he read the newspapers, watched the birds at the feeders and be entertained by the humming birds "hummers". He also enjoyed going to the auto shows, bowling, fishing, reading biographies and old auto magazines, and listening to country music.
You could frequently see Fred driving around in his Ford Ranger truck and stopping off at the local K&B takeout to join his coffee buddies. Early Saturday mornings he was off again to the Family Favourite Restaurant with his friend and brother-in-law Roger Beckwith to join another group of coffee buddies.
In his single years Fred always owned a camp to escape to in the Elgin and Prosser Brook areas. He loved mustangs and often spoke of the year 1967 when he and his older brother Lawrence bought brand new mustangs (Fred's was green and Lawrence's was red). He also spoke of the great times he had with his grandfather Pid Wortman and put on many miles chauffeuring his dad and grandfather Pid to various locations.
He supported his wife's passion for genealogy and patiently accompanied her to cemeteries in NB, NS, and Maine.
Fred is survived by his wife of 29 years, Judy (Carll) Wortman; his two brothers Lawrence (Carol) and Peter (Cheryl) both of Salisbury; his two sisters Lois (Byron) Jonah of Edmonton and Faye (Roger) Beckwith of Second North River; his daughter-in-law Kelly Edgett and his two grandchildren Chandler and Anna all of Waterside. He is also survived by his goddaughter Breanna Saulnier; aunts Judy Wortman and Jean Killam Wilkie; uncle and good friend Bernie Wortman; mother-in-law Mary Carll; several brother and sister in-laws; nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Fred was predeceased by his son Troy (2014).
Special thanks to Dr. Ismail Sharif, nurses and support staff of the Moncton Oncology Clinic, and the 4200 Oncology wing of the Moncton Hospital for the care provided to Fred.
There will be no services by request. Interment will take place at Fair Haven Memorial Gardens. If desired, memorials made to The Friends of the Moncton Hospital (Oncology Unit), Canadian Mental Health Association or charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements in care of Salisbury Funeral Home, 3350 Route 106 (372-4800). Online condolences may be sent through www.keirsteads.ca