OBITUARY

Raymond E. Fredette

July 29, 1930June 18, 2013
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FREDETTE, Raymond E., age 82 of West Carrollton, passed away June 18, 2013 at Kettering Medical Center. He was born July 29, 1930 in Chicago, IL. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Barbara A. (Reilly) Fredette; his children, Raymond W. (Beth) Fredette of Huber Heights, Anthony J. (Annette) Fredette of Porterville, CA, Roch A. Fredette of Cincinnati, Monica B. Fredette of Vine Grove, KY and Paul (Mary Claire) Fredette of Cincinnati; grandchildren, Andrew, Raymond, Meagan, Nicole, Anthony, Luke, Zachary, Naomi, Mariana, Elijah, Ava, Therese, Dominic and Blaise; his brother, Robert Fredette of Phoenix, AZ as well as other extended family and many friends. Ray graduated from Lane Tech High School in Chicago and went on to serve in the US Air Force before continuing his education at University of Notre Dame where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering. This foundation provided him the opportunity to serve in many areas of research for Wright Patterson Air Force Base nearly 35 years before retirement. Ray was also a member of Our Lady of Good Hope Church, Miamisburg and over the years was known to many children as Coach Fredette. Ray enjoyed spending his leisure time with family and painting. Prayers and especially masses for the repose of his soul are appreciated. Family will receive friends Sunday, June 23, 2013 at Gebhart-Schmidt-Parramore Funeral Home, Miamisburg from 2:00 – 5:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will commence 10:00 AM Monday, June 24, 2013 at Our Lady of Good Hope Church. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Dayton. Memorial contributions may be made to Elizabeth New Life Center at 359 Forest Ave #203, Dayton, OH 45405. Personal condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting memorial at www.gebhartschmidtparramore.com.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, June 23, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, June 24, 2013
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Raymond E. Fredette

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L. A. (Bud) Youkers

July 22, 2013

Ray Fredette was my very first boss in his Design Integration department at WPAFB in the middle 1960's. He was very understanding of the limitations of a U.C. college student in a co-op job. I remember him as very smart and enthusiastic in everything he did — the finest of men — and always enjoyed talking with him about the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. To the Fredette family: my sincere sympathy. R.I.P.

Sheila Walker

July 22, 2013

I just found out about the death of Mr. Ray Fredette. I am deeply saddened about this and would have liked to attend the funeral to show my respect. Coach Fredette surely lived his great life inspiring many positives into peoples lives. He was a big part of the character building in my life. I am sure he is currently up in heaven comparing track times with my father who died many years ago. To all the Fredettes- you were surely blessed to have such a wonderful man in your life for all those years! He will be missed! Somehow I have a feeling that when I finally reach the gates of heaven- he will be there waiting with his stopwatch in hand and a whistle-ready for ROUND 2! Love all of you!

Frank Campanile

June 26, 2013

Ray was smart, a gentleman and always a class act. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Frank Campanile

Rose Rizner

June 24, 2013

The Fredette family is in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. Fredette is in a wonderful place and is already coaching up there. He was a wonderful man, you all were very lucky to have him. Rose Rizner (Anderson)

Katrina Snyder-Taylor

June 24, 2013

As my brother Karl has said there are many fond memories of our "Uncle Ray". His smile, laugh and voice are forever engraved in my mind. Will miss going to the races with him. I have so many wonderful memories. As I have read through these messages and see all he has influcenced as a coach of track and football, I am saddened as he never had the opportunity to watch my son run the ball or watch him at track but now I know "uncle Ray" will be watching over & coaching him as he heals and begins to compete again! Prayers & blessings to the entire Fredette family!
Trina

Audrey Bernier Schwankl

June 24, 2013

My condolences to all of you. I've been in town for the CJ reunion and got the news that Ray had died. We saw my brother Brad's first child for the first time today while you began to say goodbye to a dear husband and father. "May the circle be unbroken" as they say down south. God bless you all.

Chuck Bridgman

June 24, 2013

The CJ community lost a great one last week with the passing of Ray Fredette Senior, 1999 CJ Hall of Fame inductee, Ray Fredette was football scout extraordinaire under the state qualifying teams of Kenny Amlin and Jim Place at CJ. Ray had the unique ability to single-handedly scout a football game both offense and defense, every position. Something that would normally require several individuals to do. Jim Place was known to say that once he scouted a team Ray probably knew more about that team then their coach did.

During the 80's and 90's Ray spent many spring track seasons instructing sprinters and hurdlers at CJ. Probably one of the best hurdle technicians in Dayton, Ray was responsible for many CJ runners advancing all the way to State and capturing State titles.

Ray developed his football and track coaching skills at St. Peter's grade school in Huber Heights where he coached football and track in the 70s and 80s. Ray was the head coach that lead the Panthers to numerous undefeated seasons in those sports - dominating the CYO league in the Dayton area.

Ray graduated from Notre Dame in 1954 in Aeronautical Engineering. He played football for the Fighting Irish until a career ending ankle injury.

Ray was ahead of his time not only in technique but also the psychological component of nurturing a young athlete. In a time when most coaches were more likely to give a swift kick in the back end for motivation, Ray would communicate with an athlete and pass on knowledge, creating not only trust but also extracting superior performances out of his athletes.

Ray Fredette and the other men of St Peter's Parish. They built a church, raised their families, won the cold war and on the weekends took their kids out to the athletic fields and showed them how to compete and win.

Jim Siewe

June 23, 2013

We have lost a true gentleman. Ray was a sterling example of the power of a positive attitude. His greetings were always wrapped in a friendly warmth and punctuated with his infectious smile. He was the patriarch of a wonderful family. I thank him for the sincere friendship he extended to myself and my family. My heartfelt condolences to the Fredette family.

Bob Katcavage

June 23, 2013

Sorry for the passing of a very selfless person and outstanding coach. Ray's wit and personality will be missed. I'll never forget that laugh of his! Rest in peace old friend,

June 23, 2013

We send our heartfelt sympathy to Barbara and the Fredette Family. We were privileged to know Ray and Barbara for many years while at St. Peters. Ray was a great coach, educator and loving friend to our boys and all those he coached. His spirituality was deep and to be admired. Ray, a job well-done, may you rest in peace with Our Lord. John & Jean Schons