Fred Hook was a native of Midland, ON. In 1956, Fred purchased the heating and cooling and sheet metals division from James Bath and Sons, where he had worked for eight years. Fred attended high school in Midland and was actively involved in sports like baseball and basketball. After graduating, Fred worked at the Midland shipyard before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII. After returning from service, he returned to the shipyard before working for James Bath and Sons. Upon his retirement, Fred sold his business to four employees, including his son and nephew. Today, Fred Hook Limited is still owned by Fred’s nephew, Bill Hook.