Dobbyn, James Frederick (“Fred”)

Regiment: 8th New Brunswick HUSSARS
Rank: Sergeant
Force: Army

Fred Dobbyn, born on September 24, 1922 in Melita MB, was the youngest of 9 children of Joseph and Nellie Dobbyn. During WW II he enlisted in the Canadian Army in Yellow Grass SK, where he was working for an aunt at the time. He drove a Sherman Tank in England, Italy, France, Holland, and Belgium. After the war he returned to Manitoba, and he eventually moved to Grande Prairie AB where he farmed for many years. Fred married Aileen Isabel Webb, and they had 7 children: Jim, Janice, Wendy, Wayne, Penny, Todd, and Tracy. He owned and operated Imperial Motor Service Station in Grande Prairie until the late 1990s. He was also part owner of the Chinook Golf Course in Woking AB. For 20 years Fred was a volunteer firefighter in Grande Prairie. He was a member of the Canadian Legion #54, and he coached minor league hockey, as well as curling and golfing. Another of his hobbies was driving Sulkey horses on the racetrack. Aileen passed away in August 1989 at age 66. Fred remarried to Shirley Hinks. He died on August 10, 2015 at age 92.

Source: Along the Wapiti p. 412 (name only)
SPRA Family and Personal Life Reference File – Obituary (of Fred and Aileen) and news articles