Fred H. Fricke

  • Born: July 29, 1934
  • Died: March 4, 2018
  • Location: East Norriton, Pennsylvania

Boyd-Horrox-Givnish Funeral Home, Inc.

200 West Germantown Pike
Norristown, PA 19401

Tel. (610) 277-7000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Fred H. Fricke of East Norriton passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at his home. Fred was born on July 29, 1934 in Dallas, Texas, and was the son of Fred H. Fricke, Jr. and Lilie May (nee Hutchings). He is survived by his wife of twenty-one years Twila (nee Hillen), one brother Daniel and a sister, Hazel. Fred was widowed in 1995 after the death of Barbara (nee Milner). He was also preceded in death by his daughter Lynda Christman and his son Ronald Fricke. He is also survived by a son-in-law Tim Christman, and three step children: David Testa, John Testa and Janet (nee Testa) Schafer. He had ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Fred made his career in the lighting industry. He served as a sales manager for Seagull Lighting. He was executive vice-president of sales and marketing for Progress Lighting out of Philadelphia. He was a scoutmaster, little league baseball coach, and Sunday school teacher. Fred served in the United States Marine Corp as a reservist.

Fred had traveling in his blood. If he wasn't touring the world for business, you may have found him on a plane to any number of destinations or on a cruise ship. When he couldn't travel, he loved touring the world on internet travel sites. He also enjoyed gardening, fishing, and golf. Fred was a family man through and through. He cherished his memories with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He often hosted pool parties and enjoyed a good cookout. He loved working in the yard and was handy with a chainsaw as well as a hammer. Fred enjoyed live performances at Sight and Sound, long car ride adventures, and his favorite breakfast was mixed cereal.

Fred was active in his church, Evangel Church of Norristown. He had a heart for missions and loved attending Sunday school. He loved singing hymns and was constantly reading the scripture for life applications. He was a long-time advisor over the years to several pastors at Evangel.

Fred enjoyed reading about World War II, John Wayne, and about American History. He was an avid sports fan rooting for the Dallas Cowboys (before they fired Tom Landry), the Philadelphia Eagles and the Philadelphia Phillies. He enjoyed attending Reading Phillies games and even threw out the first pitch for a game. Fred enjoyed discussing politics, reading the news paper, and watching FOX News.

Fred was warm and friendly to all the people he met. He loved meeting new people and chatting with strangers in his travels. Visitors to church or his home were greeted with a smile and a hug. Fred will be missed by his family and Thanksgiving Dinner and opening presents on Christmas day will never be the same. Fred was a loving person and he was loved.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I met Fred on our Loading dock at The House of Lighting, in Evansville, IN back in the 60's. I remember shaking his thumb, Fred was a BIG MAN in both Body and Personal Stature. He sucked the air out of a room when he walked in. I see he liked to read about John Wayne. Well, Fred was the John Wayne of the Lighting Business. I was fortunate to work with him. The day I met him, I was stockboy, he bought my Lunch and told me I might never get out of the business if I was not careful (HA). That was 53 years ago and I am still in the Business, having worked with Fred for 3 years at Sea Gull and 2 other Companies since then. Fred inspired thousands of young men and women with his drive, knowledge and friendship. I was lucky to be one of those people.

John Arbaugh
Frisco, Texas

Posted by John Arbaugh - FRISCO, TX - Coworker   January 24, 2019

Fred was such an inspiration to so many individuals and he had such a positive impact upon the lives and careers of many people. I count myself among those individuals. My personal life and my career have been enriched by knowing Fred. My first memory of Fred is meeting him on the steps of our hotel in Dubrovnik, Croatia on my first company sponsored trip. I remember his large, welcoming, outstretched hand and his huge smile! Such a wonderful memory that I shall cherish forever! Twila, thank you for your love for Fred for the past 20 years! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I will miss Fred and I thank him for his leadership and guidance in life, career, family and faith.

Posted by Richard M. Brown - Gulf Breeze, FL - Coworker   March 13, 2018

We will miss Fred, our sister-in-law Janet's dad, at our Thanksgivings with the Schafers! He was every ounce a gentleman and a grounded-in-faith man of God! Sympathies to Twila and children and spouses and Fred's grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Posted by David and Lexi Schafer - Westminster, MD - Family   March 08, 2018

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