Fred R. Ellis

February 16, 1963March 28, 2014

Fred Rogers Ellis, age 51, passed away peacefully at Morristown Medical Center on Friday, March 28, 2014 surrounded by his beloved wife and family. He was married to Elizabeth (Betsy) Sala Ellis for twenty years. They have two wonderful sons; Charlie (13) and Peter (9). Fred was born on February 16, 1963 in Washington, DC and grew up in Arlington, VA. He is the son of John O. Ellis and Amanda R. Ellis of Amherst, MA. Fred has 3 amazing older brothers and 3 adoring sisters-in-law; Carlton and Donna Ellis of Seattle, WA; William Ellis and Anne Stohrer of Morrisville, VT and Courtney Ellis and Amina Bhatia of Atlanta, GA. Fred valued family above all else; his wife, two sons and his 3 older brothers were the main focus of his life. He attended Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. He lived in Seattle, WA and Ponte Vedra, FL prior to settling in Sparta (Lake Mohawk), NJ in 2003. He worked in the financial industry in various managerial capacities for 25 years. Fred was very involved in his church, scouting and coaching his sons' soccer teams. Fred had a special passion for playing lacrosse which also led him to meet Betsy on the sidelines of the lacrosse field in 1991. He was a devoted father and husband, an outdoorsman, a gourmet cook, vivacious and bright. He was known for his warm-hearted nature, charisma, quick wit and generous loving spirit. Fred was a loving man who touched the heart of everyone he met. The family attends Unity of Sussex County where services will be held Saturday, April 5 at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to honor Fred’s memory to the following local Boy Scout organizations. Troop 150 BSA, Memo: In Memory of Fred Ellis, Mail to: Sparta Troop 150, c/o Sparta United Methodist Church, 71 Sparta Ave, Sparta, NJ 07871


Pack 82 BSA, Memo: In Memory of Fred Ellis, Mail to: Sparta Pack 82, c/o First Presbyterian Church of Sparta, 32 Main Street, Sparta, NJ 07871


  • MEMORIAL SERVICE: Saturday, April 5, 2014

Fred R. Ellis

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Rev. Lisa Rotchford

May 13, 2014

Blessings on all who knew Fred, as he blessed us. I knew him from 1st grade on, and he was ALWAYS sweet and a friend you could rely On. His kindness will live on in those who were honored to know him.

Chip Benjamin

May 8, 2014

Sad to learn of Fred's passing. Many wonderful memories growing up with Fred. Boy Scouts, (Troop 106), Church and School. To this day when driving down Lee Highway and see the Ellis bungalow on the corner of Potomac Street smiles and happy memories of a time past come to mind. Blessings to his family.

Kate Cornwell

April 6, 2014

Betsy, Jim and I were so very sad to hear of Fred's death. He had such a wonderful mischievous spirit. I loved seeing him play with his boys and all his relatives over the years at Eagle Camp. I hope we will see you, Charlie and Peter at EC this summer. Please take good care of yourself. I can only imagine how hard these days must be.

April 5, 2014

Fred you made me smile on a daily basis. Thank you

Tracey McNamara

April 4, 2014

We are so sad to hear about Fred. He was such a nice guy and a great father. We saw him many times over the years at the Cruiser Club, the beach, the soccer fields, or around town. He always had a friendly smile and a kind or funny word. Seeing him having fun with his boys was truly an inspiration.

Our hearts are with Fred's family and friends. God bless.

Tracey, Tom, Glen and Emma McNamara

Christopher Larrow

April 4, 2014

A very funny warm, charismatic man has left the building and he will be missed. My thoughts go out to everyone who knew Fred Ellis, I hope peace finds you.

Christopher Larrow

Lana Thomas

April 3, 2014

We are so terribly sad to hear the news of Freds passing. We met Fred and Betsy many years ago on the soccer fields in Sparta. Fred lived life with great passion - he loved to recite the plays he was acting in - always friendly, would come tell us a funny story - He adored his family, and told a great story how he met his lovely wife Betsy on the LaCrosse fields. He could always be seen playing with his sons and others on the fields - Helping out at his Church - or leading their Boys Scout troop- or spending time with his family all around Lake Mohawk - above all an amazing father, a devoted family man, an uplifting Spirit to all who knew him - a true Hero. My heart is with Betsy, Charlie and Peter - May his lovely spirit lift you all and live on.

Deb Sisco

April 3, 2014

I am so sorry to hear of your family's loss, Betsy. Please know you and your boys are in my heartfelt prayers. Sincerely, Deb Sisco

April 3, 2014

I am so so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. I was so surprised to hear of this sad news.
Fred was a funny guy, who always made me laugh. We saw each other allot at the kid's soccer games and at the Cruiser Club. I can still remember him kickin' around the soccer ball on the Sparta fields barefoot.
My condolences. Everyone who met Fred is a better person for having had that experience. God Bless!

Dennis Winberry
Sparta, NJ

Anne Ames

April 3, 2014

I am so saddened by this news. I, too, met Fred at the Cruiser Club many years ago and have fond memories of the laughter he brought to all. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.