MOREE, Frederick LaPaul 84, of St. Petersburg, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 17, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Deland, on Sept. 5, 1929. He was raised in the Everglades and was a "True Floridian". He graduated from high school at Marion Military Institute in Marion, AL. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1948 and served as a Technical Sergeant of Marines for six years. His war was Korea and he was a member of the 1st Marine Brigade, the first fighting unit to enter Korea in 1950. He was a survivor of the March to the Sea from the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. He was the recipient of numerous medals for service, merit and valor, including the Medal of Valor presented by the President of South Korea. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 1510, the American Legion Post 273 and the Disabled American Veterans. Upon his discharge, in 1954, he enrolled in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Florida and graduated in 1957 with high honors. He received various academic scholarships and awards, and was designated a Distinguished Scholar by the University of Florida, and was accepted into Phi Kappa Phi. Following graduation, he moved to St. Petersburg and established the chain of pharmacies known as, "The Apothecary", in the Tampa Bay Area. In 1962, he became a Diplomat and Full Fellow of the American Academy of Apothecaries. Years later, he owned and operated Midtown Pharmacy in central St. Petersburg. He was also a founding member of Azalea Little League and served as president of the league for six years. During his term as president, the Starley M. White Little League Baseball Complex was built and, over the past 40 years, this facility has provided recreational and developmental opportunities for tens of thousands of boys and girls in St. Petersburg. He was an honorary life member of the board of directors of the league. His greatest satisfactions in life were service to his country, his scholarly achievements, his career as a pharmacist, his philanthropy, and his privilege and joy to be a husband, father and grandfather to his beloved family, whom he selflessly and unfailingly served throughout his life. He believed in the Lord and was a member of Pasadena Community Church. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Maggi; two sons, Scott, of Greensboro, NC and, Jeff, of Mundelein, IL. Also, he is survived by four grandchildren, Brad, Julie, Jeff and Shannon; and a sister, Betty Pollnitz of Ellicott City, MD. And, he is survived by many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews, whom he loved very much. The family will receive friends in the Rose Garden, adjacent to the Goodwin Chapel, at Pasadena Community Church between 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 and a celebration of his life will be held immediately thereafter in the Goodwin Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please honor his memory with donations to Suncoast Hospice. Online memorial and guestbook at www.brettfuneralhome.net
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Oct. 20, 2013