MRS. CECILIA MAULAWIN
|MR. CRAIG SHUTE|
Cee Bees Minor Hockey even has an award in his name for Volunteer of the Year, as well as the Craig Shute Memorial U12 Female Invitational . He himself, won countless other awards and honors for his volunteerism and dedication.
Dr. Frederick Brett was born on June 15, 1921 in Joe Batt's Arm on Fogo Island. At a time when it was not so common for people to move away from their little communities and their families, Fred was inpired to be a part of helping others, and sought his education to fulfill that dream. His original profession was actually that of a school teacher. It was during that time that he met Ruby Kelloway, a young lady from Bonavista, who was also studying to become a teacher. She became his wife in 1952, and before long, they started a family.After teaching for some time, Fred developed further ambitions, leading him to head off to University of Toronto to earn his medical degree. He returned to Newfoundlandfor his first posting: Green's Harbour. But he did not only serve this one community. He was the doctor for communities spanning from Cavendish to Hopeall, and sometimes beyond. Ruby cared not only for Fred and their growing family, but also helped him with his office work, so he could focus more on his work - the care of his patients and dispensing prescriptions Dr. Brett was always on duty– even during his off-hours. It was not unusual for him to spend part of his evening tending to at least one patient, either in his office, or on a house-call. If called late at night, he jumped up, dressed, grabbed his medical bag, and was gone. Sometimes, the patient he was visiting, or who visited him, was of the four-legged variety, as for many years, the nearest animal hospital was in St. John's. So Dr. Brett also acted as community veterinarian. But no matter who it was, human or animal, the priority was always the patient. And of course, as the small-town community doctor, many patients also became friends.
Dr. Brett was the doctor in Green's Harbour and area for 35 years, retiring to the family summer home in St. Philip's at the end of 1990, just a few months before his 70thbirthday. His beloved wife, Ruby, sadly died suddenly from a stroke, only 2 months later. He had lost his best friend of the previous 40+ years, and he seemed not to know quite know what to do for some time. However, he filled his remaining years reading, doing crossword puzzles, focusing on charities such as Foster Parent's Plan, attending church every single Sunday morning, taking long walks in the quiet of St. Philip's, making summer-long visits to his childhood home in Joe Batt's Arm, and during the rest of the year, making nightly visits to St. John's to see a re-found friend, Joyce. She had actually been his first girlfriend when he lived on Fogo Island so many years before. They re-united that first summer after he retired, just happening to meet up on his summer trip to Fogo.
At the end of 1996, Fred was in a minor car accident. He suffered a concussion, but seemed to recover well. Not long after, though, it was clear that he was not himself, and within a few months, the family knew that he had developed Alzheimer's Disease. This was, of course, very difficult for all to face, and especially Fred. Remember, he was a thinking man, and also being a medical man, he knew all-too well that Alzheimer's makes thinking clearly very difficult, until finally, in late stages, it becomes impossible. The family cared for him all they could through his last years, while suffering from this terrible disease, keeping him at home to the end, which came when he passed quietly away in June of 2002.