Gordon met Ann at a Youth for Christ function where she was an usher. When they decided to get married Ann was too young to sign the wedding license without her parents’ consent. Luckily for all of us her mom signed the papers. On Thursday, June 10, 1954 Ann and Gordon tied the knot.  The high that day in Edmonton was just over 18 degrees Celsius (but of course in 1954 weather in Canada was measured in Fahrenheit). Just 4 days prior Edmonton experienced a record amount of rain.  Gordon’s father passed away suddenly just prior to the wedding. Gord suggested the wedding be postponed but Ann really didn’t want to start plans all over again so the wedding went ahead at Central Baptist Church in Edmonton. It was the same church where just one week earlier Ann’s brother’s wedding took place. Lilacs and sweet peas adorned the church. The bridesmaids wore custom made pink dresses. Gordon’s niece, Marg and Ann’s sisters, Elma and Alice stood up for Ann. Gordon’s friend, Sam and Ann’s brother Bert and some relative stranger, Bill who was boarding at the house stood in at the last minute and stood up for Gordon. Maureen, a family friend,  was the flower girl.  Wayne, nephew to Gordon was the ring bearer. Reverend Fifer (now isn’t that close to Fifendekel) performed the wedding service. Iva Spratt was the organist and Irvin Strauss, the wedding singer. Ann made pink aprons for everyone in the youth group and it was  the youth group that served the supper in those pink aprons prepared by Ann’s Aunt Minnie and Uncle Gus. The menu consisted of delicious fried chicken, beautifully decorated tortes and they fed a very large group of wedding guests.  Getting away from the wedding was quite the ordeal. Bert, who had driven taxi, was in charge of driving Gordon’s 1952 Hudson Wasp to the Highland’s area where they had parked a truck to make their get away. That’s how things happened at weddings in 1954.  Brides and Grooms were followed by guests as they made their exit. Bert got lost but eventually found the truck. Ann and Gordon honeymooned in Banff for the weekend making their way home through Jasper. They returned home to Fort Saskatchewan. Those early years were difficult. Health, finances, were challenges. Together they tried their hand at a few different careers. Gord worked for Esso in Redeater, Ann worked in Edmonton for a dry cleaners. They later bought a dairy quota and rented a farm to try their hand at running a dairy while their family grew to two boys and three girls. In 1965 (or close to then) they moved to Edmonton where Gordon and his brother-in-law Elmer bought in to a Pacific 66 service station and long haul trucks for Atco and Trans Canada. Eventually Gordon started framing houses and then building spec homes , usually duplexes. He worked with his father-in-law, his brother-in-law and then with his brother through his construction phase. Ann took on a sales position with Johnston Walkers, in the ladies dress department, worked at Imperial Bake and serve for her brother-in-law , painted the house Gordon built and eventually bought a yarn shop located originally on 124 street. The Edmonton Yarn Barn stayed with the family in name for many years even after Fifendekel came to be. 70 years is a remarkable number of birth years let alone a marriage. Daily they worked side by side and went home together every evening together. They became inseparable. We at Fifendekel all know Gordon and Ann as mom and dad whether they were born into the family or chose to become a Fife employee.  We are all family here because that’s how mom and dad want it.  Congratulations on 70 years.

Happy 70 Anniversary Mom and Dad

Gordon met Ann at a Youth for Christ function where she was an usher. When they decided to get married Ann was too young to sign the wedding license without her parents’ consent. Luckily for all of us her mom signed the papers. On Thursday, June 10, 1954 Ann and Gordon tied the knot.  The [...]

June 8th, 2024|General|

Wicked Thai

Can’t make it in on Tuesday’s or just want to make a bowl of Wicked Thai at home? Wicked Thai Soup: * note using uncooked chicken is better 1 1/2 lbs Chicken breast or boneless thighs chopped ( or 1.5 - 2 cups pre cooked chopped chicken) If using uncooked chicken add 1 1/2 Tbsp [...]

January 31st, 2024|General|

Smoky Meat Balls (Facebook Live)

If you joined Monique and Jacquie on Fifendekel 51 avenue Facebook Live for Smoky Meatballs. Here is the recipe : Smoky Meatballs: 1 1/2 lbs 2/3 cups 1/4 cup- 1/2 cup 2 tsp 2 tsp 2 tsp 2 tsp 1 Hamburger Bread crumbs Chopped onion dehydrated Garlic Powder Chilli powder Smoked Paprika Liquid Smoke Egg [...]

January 28th, 2024|General|

It Takes A Team

We are 40! Well the travelling birthday parties were as mom said ‘successful’. Thank you to all who came to enjoy our food and our company.  Stay tuned there will be other events. It really was about celebrating you.  Our customers. We could have spent dollars on media advertising but we felt providing you , [...]

February 10th, 2023|General|

Birthday Party Celebrations This Week – Join us

Join us Wednesday Feb 1 at 9114-51 avenue/ Thursday, Feb 2 at 12028-149 street/ Friday Feb 3 at 10646-170 street/ Saturday Feb 4 at 3434-99 street.  Celebrate with us! 40 - seems like only yesterday. Here it is! Our 40th year kicks off February 1! It seems like only yesterday Dad and Jacquie, and baby [...]

January 29th, 2023|General|

Fifendekel is 40

Forty Years! It seems like only yesterday we were scooping up 20 plus flavours of ice cream in our little 12 seat Fifendekel on 118 avenue and 42 street. Many of you know Fifendekel for our sandwiches, soup and pie. Some of you still remember us for our ice cream cones, milkshakes and the original [...]

January 17th, 2023|General|

Customer Appreciation Day.

We just want to say thank you. Drop in today (Sept 13, 2022) and enter our draw for a pie a month for a year. Our feature is priced ridiculously low for you to enjoy. There are free lunches to win over the lunch period. Coffee is complimentary today. And thanks to Bar O A [...]

September 13th, 2022|General|

Dine In Returns

We are so excited to have people dine in, enjoying their coffee, engaged in conversations and bringing back that vibe we miss when it is strictly takeout.  As a quick service restaurant we can offer dine in to those who are fully vaccinated or can produce a negative COVID 19 test that was taken less [...]

October 31st, 2021|General|

What’s the new COVID Plan Fife?

Well folks, it's time to make some decisions. The following are the new temporary measures (we hope this whole thing is temporary). Effective September 20 until some date in mid October we will suspend dine-in and only offer Takeout, Curbside Pick-up and Catering Delivery service.  Until that time all customers must mask and distance but [...]

September 19th, 2021|General|

Dawg Days of Summer

Wow! Here it is well into the Dawg Days of Summer and August.  A little sad that time is passing but there is still time to pick up Peach Pie so that should bring a smile to your face.  Your taste buds will LOVE you.  Let me remind you to pick up a loaf of [...]

August 8th, 2021|General|