Frederick (Fred) James Sveinson


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In Loving Memory of Fred Sveinson

With deep sorrow, we announce the passing of Frederick (Fred) James Sveinson on December 13, 2019, at the age of 71.  

Fred is survived by his wife, Sandy, sons Marino and Brett, his adored grandchildren, Liv and Milo, sister Marina, brothers Mike (Joanne), Terry (Debbie), Lloyd (Deborah), and Blair and their families.

Armed with his degree in mining engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1970, Fred launched a career in the mining industry spanning 49 years, working internationally and in Canada in the exploration, development, construction, operation and financing of underground mining projects. He held senior positions with mining companies, consulting firms and mine contractors. Some 25 years ago he was bitten by the “junior” bug and subsequently co-founded several companies. He served as CEO and director for a number of junior companies, while continuing to consult for projects in Canada, Russia, the United States, Central and South America. A real “people” person, Fred built great teams wherever he went. He continued to work until his illness struck in October.

The family has been heartened by all of the tributes that have been pouring in from the friends he has made around the world and the people he has worked with over the years. His positive outlook (always the eternal optimist), his ready smile, and his sense of integrity have been remembered by many.

Our deepest gratitude goes out to the Richmond Palliative Care Team for the support they have given us.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the Richmond Funeral Home, 8420 Cambie Road, Richmond, BC. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations may be made to The Richmond Hospital Foundation for Palliative Support. 

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Funeral Details

  • Celebration of Life

    Richmond Funeral Home

    Event Times:

    11-Jan-2020 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

  • Reception

    Richmond Funeral Home

    Event Times:

    11-Jan-2020 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Posted by Chris Johns | 17-Jan-2020

It was a pleasure and a privilege to work periodically with Fred over the last several years. He was enthusiastic and supportive, and operated with integrity. My condolences to Fred’s friends and family.

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Posted by David Makepeace | 27-Dec-2019

To Sandy and family. I feel privileged to have known Fred for almost 30 years. I have worked together with him and Sandy on several mining properties throughout British Columbia. I learned a lot from him about the mining industry and he introduced me to numerous colourful characters that are part of this industry. He always "made my day" when out of nowhere, he'd show up at a geological or mining conference I was attending or phone me out of the blue. I had a lot of good times with Fred and I will miss him greatly but I will ALWAYS have fond memories of him, forever.

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