It is with great sadness that Basketball Manitoba shares the news of the passing of legendary basketball player, Fred Ingaldson.  A graduate of Isaac Newton High School, Fred played for the Winnipeg Light Infantry (W.L.I.) from 1950 thru 1953. A prolific scorer, Fred was a keystone to W.L.I winning Canadian Junior Championships in 1952 and 1953. 

From the fall of 1953 thru 1956, Fred played on a basketball scholarship for the Montana State "Bobcats". Continuing his prolific scoring, he was a perennial All-Conference All-Star and selected the Outstanding Player in his graduating year. In 1954, 1955, and 1956, the "Bobcats" won the N.I.A.A. District Championship. 

Returning to Canada, Fred played senior men's basketball. Because of his outstanding play, he represented in Canada at both the 1960 Rome Olympics and the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and the 1967 Pan Am Games. 

Fred is a member of the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame (Class of 1983) and has also been inducted into both the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, as well as the Canada Basketball Hall of Fame.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the 
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Fred Einar Ingaldson

September 2, 1932 - August 8, 2011




It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Fred Einar Ingaldson

on Monday, August 9, 2011. Fred is survived by his partner of 30 years Jane

Gray, stepson Donald MacVicar (Kristine), sons, Freddie and Kris, daughters,

Aynsley, and Jana, grandchildren, Jake, Eric, Dylan, Taylor and Emily,

sisters Darlene Bodanski and JoAnne Ritchie and families. Fred will also be

missed by all of the Gray family. Fred was predeceased by his parents, Fred

and Helen Ingaldson.

Fred was born in Pontiac, Michigan, on September 2, 1932. Although born in

the United States Fred grew up in the north end of Winnipeg where his

parents had a grocery store. As a young boy Fred helped out in the grocery

store but as soon as his chores were done he was off to play basketball. He

made many lifelong friends through his love of basketball.

Fred first played organized basketball at Isaac Newton High School from 1948

to 1952. In his senior year he was named outstanding athlete.

Upon graduating, Fred caught the attention of the Montana State University

Bobcats and played there from 1952 to 1956 on an athletic scholarship. He

was known for his ability to score. He was an All-Conference selection and

was heralded as the school's most outstanding basketball player in his

graduating year. Fred also enjoyed being part of three straight N.I.A.A.

District Championship teams. 

Fred returned to Winnipeg after his post-secondary education and lent a

helping hand to a host of basketball teams including the Senior "A" St.

Vital Bulldogs, the Tillsonburg Livingstons and the St. Andrew's Super

Saints whom he accompanied when the group went on a tour of Cuba.

Fred wore Canada's colours at the 1960 Rome Olympics and the 1964 Tokyo

Olympics. He also suited up for Canada at the Winnipeg-based 1967 Pan

American Games. 

Fred was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 1983 and the

Canada Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 at which time he was also nominated

as Athlete of the Century. 

Fred owned and operated Winnipeg Wholesale Grocery and Confectionary and

Winnipeg Wholesale Vending Corp. Fred taught many a young man how to stock

shelves, load trucks, fix vending machines and relax with a cold Heineken

when done. 

Fred spent many summers from the time he was 14 at the family cottage at

Ingolf, Ontario. He continued to spend time at the lake enjoying the music

of Frank Sinatra and a Crown Royal up until his health started to fail. He

loved to fish off the end of the dock and was more than happy to join his

grandsons, nieces and nephews while they swam. They will miss their Papa


We would like to thank Dr. Dohanick and the staff of HSC for their care of

Fred. We would also like to thank friends and family who spent time with

Fred while he was in the hospital - he really enjoyed your visits.

A private interment will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may

be made to KidSport Manitoba, 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 2Z6.

We will miss him.

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