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In Loving Memory Of

Fred Rinne


Frederick Christopher Rinne, 51, of Grande Prairie passed away peacefully at the QEII Hospital on Monday, August 1, 2016, after a brief battle with liver and kidney failure.

Born July 4, 1965 in Winnipeg, MB, Fred was a lover of sports, fishing, politics, food, travel and journalism.

After achieving a Political Science/Journalism/History degree from Carlton University in 1988, Fred embarked on what would be a 28 year career as a newspaperman with a job as the Sports Reporter for the Kenora Daily Miner and News. He quickly rose to rank of editor, moving to Peace River to take the helm of the Record-Gazette in 1989. It was there he met fellow journalist Diana; office romance bloomed and they married in 1991. Daughter Caitlyn was born in Peace River in 1994 before the young family was again on the move back to Fred’s hometown of Kenora where he took on the role of Managing Editor at the Daily Miner and News.

Son Jackson was born in Kenora in 1996 and it was just under a year later that the Rinnes were again on the move back to Diana’s home turf of Grande Prairie, where Fred was named Managing Editor of the Daily Herald-Tribune.

In 2008, Fred became Western Corporate Community Editor for Sun Media, returning to the paper as Editor-in-Chief in 2010. A two-time recipient of Sun Media’s Edward Dunlop Award of Excellence, Fred believed strongly in the ideals of journalism and story-telling and was a great supporter of young, up-and-coming journalists.

Fred took great pride in being part of the Grande Prairie community, serving with a number of organizations including Grande Prairie Minor Hockey, and as a director and ambassador for the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta. He volunteered for numerous organizations over the years, most recently helping out with the Special Olympics curling this past winter.

An avid sports fan, spent many a night in rinks as a radio colour commentator for the NPHL and then the Grande Prairie Storm broadcasts, as well as working with Curling Canada over the years.

A lover of music, a culinary adventurer, and trivia wizard Fred will be incredibly missed by wife Diana, children Caitlyn and Jackson, mother and step-father Mariann and Robin Roper, and brother Jeff Rinne.

Fred also leaves behind a strong and loving extended family and a wealth of great friends and colleagues.

He was predeceased by father, Fred Rinne Sr., in 2003.

A Celebration of Life for Fred Rinne will be held at the Bowes Family Gardens at Revolution Place on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 11:00am.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta (Centre 2000, 11330 106 St #200, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 7X9). 

In Loving Memory of

Fred Rinne


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Memorial Service
Saturday, August 6, 2016
11:00 AM
Bowes Family Gardens at Revolution Place

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