Passing of Frederick Joseph (Fred) Fulton
It is with sadness that we bring the news of the passing of Fred Fulton Sr. Fred left us at the age of 90 on May 16, 2022. Frank was one of the pioneers in the glass business. He was a co-founder of Sealite Glass Ltd., with Joe Shapiro in the late 1950s, one of the first independent small businesses manufacturing the new insulating glass units at the time. After selling Sealite Glass, Frank went on to start and operate Fulton Windows for many years to follow.
Fred’s obituary follows.
Proud to be Canadian and motivated every day by a conviction that Canada can offer the world something a little better, Frederick Joseph (Fred) Fulton (August 2, 1932-May 16, 2022) was in every respect a builder. A thriving business that delivered innovative window products from coast-to-coast-to-coast and around the world provided a professional home to a generation of cherished employees. A vibrant social life with a diverse network of friendships sustained him. A bustling, busy family home with his departed first wife, Mary Jane (O’Donnell), six children over ten years, 17 grandchildren and a growing army of great-grandchildren.
Fred professed that in everything we do – business, sport, education, personal endeavours – we can probably do it a little better this time. The team at Fulton Windows could design and build something more high-performing and more beautiful. The golfers could prevail at the Atlantis Can-AM if only he could improve his swing. He could practice his chord transitions and improve that song. He could deepen his faith by better understanding God’s will. This year’s party could be even more fun if we get people dancing. Crooning around the piano with his beautiful sisters, Maureen and Frances, they could try that harmony one more time.
His relentless positivity seemed to come naturally, despite a challenging start. Born to a fine Toronto family at a tough time in history, Fred entered adulthood in an era of growing opportunity, with no choice but to make his way in the world, and he did so beautifully in so many ways. He got his start as a trailblazing business entrepreneur in 1959 when he started one of the first independent insulating glass manufacturers in the world, Sealite Glass Ltd., and followed that up by developing the national association to set the standards for quality.
Fred left us as he wished, peacefully, at home, on May 16, 2022, in his 90th year, in the arms of his beloved wife Linda Taras-Fulton, after decades of happiness together. We expect that there is a special place reserved in heaven for dear Linda, after these months of compassionate, loving care.