Posted: April 15th, 2016

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August 22 1920 – April 11 2016

HAROLD “FRITZ” MALCHOW passed away peacefully and returned to his beloved wife Anna May, one day shy of their 75th wedding anniversary.

He is lovingly remembered by his children, Larry (Virginia), Harry, Katherine (Maria) and Rod (Cynthia), his brother Jack, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Fritz was born on the Malchow pioneer family farm in Stavely, Alberta to Fred and Linnie Malchow. He always had a strong work ethic which began at a young age, working hard on the farm. Fritz was one of the last surviving WWII Vets in Canada and served as a Private of the Princess Margaret division while stationed in France. His strength never wavered as he persevered and returned home to his family.

For many years he ran a successful construction company “Malchow the Excavator”. Fritz’s dragline and excavating skills were second to none and much of his work around southern and central Alberta is still in excellent shape to this day.

Fritz knew how to work hard, but when Saturday rolled around, it was time to see the family and go dance the night away at the Elks Club! And a cold beer was always appreciated!

After retirement they headed for the Yukon where Anna and Fritz tried their hand at placer mining. They are famous for their trillion trips up and down the Alaska Highway and spent many happy years in Whitehorse.

Fritz loved a good limerick, rhyme or riddle; some a little “riskier” than others! He was never without a quick and witty comeback and loved reciting his poems to his children and grandchildren, only to have Anna tell the kids, “Oh don’t encourage him!”

Fritz and Anna had a love like no other. They were truly inseparable and so much so, that nobody was surprised when the two of them celebrated their 75th anniversary together in heaven, after only one short month of being apart. They were the very definition of soul mates.

Dad, Grandpa; your strength, integrity, work ethic and sense of humour shall be our legacy.

“I chatter chatter as I go, to join the brimming river, for men may come and men may go but I go on forever”

At Harold’s request, no formal funeral service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society, #402, 740 – 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0N9.

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4 Condolences for “MALCHOW Harold”

  1. Elizabeth Wilson says:

    I am sad to hear of Fritz’s passing, but I am glad Anna May and Fritz are together again.

    I am glad I got to know Fritz. When he came to the office he always left us smiling. We at Getkate had a lot of respect for him.

  2. Keith Sheedy says:

    What a guy he was ! If a boy could pick he own father Fritz would have million of kids. Classy, Generous, Accepting, Loving, and of course Humorous are words that best describe “Fritz”. To Larry, Kay, Harry, and Rod and families I treasure you all. You inherited his spirit and wear it well.


  3. Keith Sheedy says:

    What an amazing man. If a boy could pick his own father Fritz would have millions of kids. Classy, Generous, Accepting, Loving and of course humorous are words that best describe “Fritz”. Dedicated to his wife and family like no other.


  4. Scott Carl says:

    My condolences – My Dad and Mr. Malchow were very good friends and Fritz was best man at dad & mums wedding in England during the war- so sorry I did not know sooner -my wife passed away in april of 2016 also .

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