Aldworth, Alfred “Fred”

Major (Retired) RCAF

fred aldworthAlfred William Aldworth, 86, passed peacefully on January 11, 2018 in Ottawa. Fred will be lovingly remembered by his wife Sheila, his daughters Ann (Ed Cloutier), Joan (Michael Shaw) and Scott Aldworth. His grandchildren, Ryan (Alyssa), Chevonne, Alec, Callum, Brendan and Leo. His brother George (Margaret), sister-in-law Mona McGuigan, and brother-in-law Blair Scott. Fred took much pride in his career in the RCAF. He served as an Air Navigator with 408 Squadron, flying Lancaster aircraft devoted to the post war mapping of Canada’s Artic. He also served a tour of duty at a remote northern radar station on Baffin Island followed by years of service at the National Defence HQ in Ottawa in the Directorate of Air Operations. Following retirement from the air force, Fred was employed as the Aviation Historian for the Air Force Association of Canada. Upon graduation from RMC in 1954, Fred became class secretary – a position he embraced for the duration of his life. As a piper in the Central RCAF Pipes and Drums Band, he was equally dedicated being the band officer and organized their international performances in Scotland, Europe and the USA. While growing up as a young man in Hamilton, a love of history and classical music developed which he imparted to his friends and family – whether they wanted to hear it or not. Being a voracious reader, he was an ideal Trivia Pursuit partner. With his talent as a wordsmith, there was always a crossword puzzle nearby. A lover of the outdoors, he enjoyed cyclen marathon touring which developed from biking to the office. Fred’s love for golf developed upon his retirement, by which he continued to build good friendships. Fred was always there for support to his family.  Devoted, encouraging education, consistent mentorship was balanced with a joke in his pocket to make you smile. His clever, cheeky Irish wit was enjoyed by all who knew him. The family will greet friends at Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 12:30 until time of Memorial Service at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Condolences, tributes and donations may be made at