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A heartfelt letter from Airdrie widow to community


  |  Posted: Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 06:00 am

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Dear editor,

Quite recently I endured the worst possible morning ever. Feb. 18 started as most; before I had had my first coffee though, I watched as Airdrie’s wonderful Emergency Techs work tirelessly to save my husband.

They fought for me for an hour and a half! My ending wasn’t happy and two weeks after the loss of my husband, I celebrated our 33 anniversary alone. Alone for the first time since I met (Al)Fred Bisson and married at the age of 19.

The reason for my letter is that as I go about Airdrie trying to keep up on ‘daily’ chores, I’ve come to realize that despite its growth Airdrie is still a ‘small town’ at its heart.

We operated AB Lock & Key years ago and recently a much smaller operation AB Lockout Service. During many stops and errands I now run, my heart has been touched by the many people who knew Fred as a customer or as a service provider; have shared with me the man my husband had been.

Fred, come winter was very recognizable as I would insist he grow a beard (to keep the face warm) and he always wore his favourite hat I had knit him, blue and red stripes. (The hat he said would also bring the younger generation to talk to him about it - he got a kick out of ‘being cool’ again.)

So, I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank all that have shared their fondness for Fred. It is great to know the man you knew was as kind as anyone could be, was the man Airdrie also had the privilege to have shared.

Patti Bisson, Airdrie


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