Frederick Charles Sullivan

frederick sullivan

Frederick Charles Sullivan, 86, of Gagetown, our outgoing, humorous, and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend was born into eternal life on November 11, 2023, at Tuscola County Medical Care Community with his family by his side.

Fred was born on June 3, 1937 in Bay City to the late Michael and Marguerite (Bigsby) Sullivan. A graduate of St. Louis High School, Fred pursued higher education at Ferris State before continuing his studies at Michigan State University in the Farmers Elevator Course. With his agricultural background, Fred began his professional career at the Farmers Elevator in West Branch. His path took a detour when he was drafted into the United States Army, where he served with distinction in the 24th Evac Hospital Medic Unit in San Antonio, Texas. Upon his return, Fred contributed to the Apollo Space Program by working at Wellman Bronze Aluminum, and later at Evans Products, where he served as a comptroller for their esteemed management team. With an entrepreneurial spirit, Fred established his own consulting business, One Source Design and Engineering, and collaborated with Delphi on various projects.

While attending church one Sunday, he met the former Margaret “Cathy” Pray. They dated, fell in love, and were united in marriage on November 26, 1960. Their love and partnership were a testament to their strong bond, and a great legacy that they will leave with their children in the years to come.

Fred was a true testament to the power of compassion and generosity. With a warm smile and an outgoing nature, he effortlessly connected with everyone he encountered. Fred’s selflessness and dedication to others made him a pillar in the community, and his absence will be deeply felt by all who knew him.

A faithful servant of God, Fred was a devout and active member of St. Jude Thaddeus Church. His unwavering commitment to his faith was evident in his role as a lay minister, where he compassionately ministered to those in need. Fred found solace and strength through his spiritual journey and led by example, embodying the virtues of kindness and compassion.

As a proud Michigan State University fan, Fred enthusiastically cheered on the Spartans in every game. He loved sports, particularly his beloved Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions, and shared many joyous moments celebrating their victories and commiserating in their defeats.

Fred had a deep appreciation for his Irish heritage, taking great pride in his roots. He fondly recalled his trips to Ireland, Germany, Italy, and Hawaii, creating cherished memories and forging lasting friendships along the way. An avid quilter, fisherman, woodworker, and birding enthusiast, Fred found peace and tranquility in the simple pleasures of life.

Fred’s commitment to his community extended beyond his professional life. He selflessly served with the Lions International as a global leader and took an active role in humanitarian service. His dedication to the cause over the years earned the distinct honor of becoming a Centennial District Governor. Fred was also a part of his local Fire Department, ensuring the safety and security of his neighbors. Additionally, Fred actively participated in the Knights of Columbus, attaining the prestigious fourth degree. Through these organizations, he found a sense of camaraderie and purpose, lending his hand to those requiring assistance.

Fred’s legacy of compassion, community involvement, and unwavering faith will forever linger in the hearts of his loved ones. He leaves behind a devoted network of family and friends who will cherish the memories they shared with him.
Fred leaves to carry his legacy to his loving wife, Cathy; his children, Robin (Christopher) Scurto, Michael (Carolyn) Sullivan, and Rita (Paul) Lopez; grandchildren, Trace (Kendra) Lopez, Adam (Lindsay) Scurto, Blake (Jacquelyn) Scurto, Tanner Scurto, Hannah Sullivan, Matthew Sullivan, and Cameron Sullivan; great-grandchildren, Jayven Lopez, Kenzleigh Lopez, Liam Lopez, Madaleigh Lopez, Miles Scurto, and Dean Scurto; siblings, Marilyn Smith and Bob (Mary) Sullivan; sister-in-law, Mickey (Larry) Gavitt, and many nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, Fred was welcomed home by his brother-in-law, Herb Smith.

Fred’s family will be present to receive visitors on Thursday, November 16, 2023 from 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 6:00 PM Vigil at Skorupski Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 821 N. Pine Rd., between Ridge and Center. On Friday, November 17, 2023, Fred will be taken to St. Jude Thaddeus Parish (St. John the Evangelist Church), 614 Pine St., Essexville, where visiting will continue from 10:00 AM until Fred’s 11:00 AM Funeral Mass. Fr. Dale Orlik and Fr. Rick Bokinskie will preside. The Rite of Committal will be held at Brookside Cemetery, West Branch.

Memorial contributions may be directed to wishes of the family. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at


Visiting: November 16, 2023 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services - Bay County
821 N. Pine Rd.
Essexville, MI 48732

(989) 893-7334

Vigil: November 16, 2023 6:00 pm

Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services - Bay County
821 N. Pine Rd.
Essexville, MI 48732

(989) 893-7334

Visiting at Church: November 17, 2023 10:00 am - 11:00 am

St. Jude Thaddeus Parish (St. John the Evangelist)
614 Pine St.
Essexville, MI 48732

Funeral Mass: November 17, 2023 11:00 am

St. Jude Thaddeus Parish (St. John the Evangelist)
614 Pine St.
Essexville, MI 48732

Rite of Committal: November 17, 2023 3:00 pm

West Branch Cemetery - West Branch
Plaza Drive
West Branch, MI 48661

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Memories Timeline


  1. Cathy and family, Sending love and prayers from St Helen(CTGS) church. Roy and I have fond memories of you and Fred at many church functions.

  2. Candle 2I will miss all the fun times we had when we met for prayer. He was the sweetest funniest guy & he lifted us up when times were rough. We will someday be together to pray & laugh again! We loved him. Priscillakreh & Leon Kretzschmer ❤️🙏

  3. Was privileged to know Fred and share both prayer and discussion and laughter with him along with delicious meals as well. Admired his quilting abilities and his humor and gentle ways. Admired his great faith and the love he shared with his beloved wife Cathy. May God welcome you home Fred and May you rejoice there until we meet again. I pray you and my Jim have a wonderful conversation. Rest in peace dear friend.

  4. Candle 2I will always have loving memories of Fred. From a young age, he welcomed me along with Cathy, into the family life I seemed to crave. I remember his wonderful homemade cookies, trips north and boating excursions when we lost fishing poles over the side of the boat. He and Cathy facilitated Christmas carolling and provided hot chocolate afterward to the junior high religion group they hosted regularly.
    As an adult I saw less of Fred however, when I did see him, his warm smile, hugs and loving nature were all still present..
    As I reflect back, I am in awe of the undying love and commitment Fred had to his family, his faith and his community. He was truly an exceptional man.
    My love and sympathy go out to Cathy, Robin and her family, Mike and his family, and Rita and her family.
    Fred’s Spirit will remain with you eternally.

  5. I got to know Fred a little better by reading the obituary. My thoughts on Fred are he was warm and kind and a joker of a man who loved life and spread joy. Kathy and family. My prayers are with you and may you hold onto the loving memories and may he rest in God’s loving care.

  6. Candle 8Our deepest condolences to the whole family. Fred was such a fun guy. Thought and prayers are with each and every one of you.
    The McCreedy’s Keith, Bev and family

  7. Cathy and family, I have many fond memories of Fred, to numerous to list here. May the angels welcome him to paradise! You are all in my prayers!
    Pat Gallery

  8. Candle 4Memory Eternal for a great humanitarian a knight of Columbus and Past District Governor of 11-D2!
    We loved his humor his smile and his leadership!
    He mentored and encouraged me in my Lionism journey!
    We were paying our sympathies one day in Harshens Island on the way back I was involved in an accident behind me was Fred and Kathy Sullivan they waited till the police and the tow truck came and then he comforted me and gave me a ride back to BadAxe it was a long day but one of dear friendship and kindness!
    Thank you my friend !
    Memory Eternal!
    PDG Dr.Sami Makhoul

  9. Allow the rainbow of memories to bring a touch of light to your sorrow. My heart reaches out to you and your family at this painful time, offering love, comfort and friendship. I remember his great smile and laugh at Lion’s events. My deepest condolences, Anita Selby

  10. Candle 6Please accept my sincere condolences. Fred was a beacon of faith and cheerfulness! I am very grateful for the great support from both Fred and Cathy during my high school days, and for your family’s friendship with mine over many years. Best regards, Mark D. Schwartz

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