Past President of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and respected community and businessman, Fred Diamond past away on July 24, 2011. Mr. Diamond was President of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce in 1985. Fred was a big part of the Chamber’s history in 1985 dealing with finding the Chamber a new home to hiring a new General Manager for the Chamber. President of the Chamber for 18 months, Mr. Diamond dealt with a number of issues pertaining to Oshawa in that time, including the first air service from Oshawa to Buffalo as well as sending a letter to the Region of Durham in support of the Darlington Nuclear plant.
Fred was a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute and was active in the community, serving as a member of the Oshawa Rotary Club, a director of the Canadian Automotive Museum, and a member of the Oshawa Golf Club.
“He was a gentleman. He was one of the first people to welcome me back to Oshawa in 1998,” said CEO and General Manager of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce Bob Malcolmson. “He used to come to all the events. He was always concerned with the Chamber.”
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughter Susan (Suzie) of Guelph; and two grandsons, Verdi and Seth. He is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth and her husband Cliff Rowe of Lovell, Maine; and brother-in-law, Ross Darling and his wife Marie of Fredericton, New Brunswick. His dedication to and support of his family were absolute and much appreciated. Born July 9, 1935 in Montreal, Quebec, he was the son of the late Frederick William Diamond and Evelyn Marie Broadbelt Diamond.
Fred graduated high school in Shawinigan Falls, Quebec where he proved himself as a highly accomplished public speaker. A graduate of the University of New Brunswick and a Professional Engineer, Fred married Nancy Lynn Darling on July 4, 1964 in Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa, Ontario. After spending twelve years in Montreal, the family moved to Oshawa in 1977 where he established an area office as the Manager with RoyNat Limited. Fred’s caring and prudent nature allowed him to be a trusted advisor in the financial services sector as he ensured that his clients were well informed and understood the decisions they were making.
A private family memorial service was held. Memorial donations to the Humane Society of Durham Region or a charity of choice can be made through McIntosh-Anderson-Kellam Funeral Home, 152 King Street East, Oshawa (905-433-5558). Online condolences may be made at www.makfuneralhome.com.
Fred is remembered as a true gentleman—smart, kind, witty, and totally committed to his family.