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Frederick J. Appleyard Jr.

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Frederick J. Appleyard Jr. Obituary
APPLEYARD, FREDERICK J., JR.; died peacefully at home on Grosse Ile, March 23, 2013 following a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. He was 82. Mr. Appleyard was born June 14, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan, the eldest child of Edythe and Frederick J. Appleyard, Sr. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Eastern Michigan University and did graduate work at the University of Michigan. In 1954, Mr. Appleyard came to Grosse Ile to teach, starting in the Jr. High before quickly moving to the Sr. High School where he taught English until his retirement in 1996 after 42 years. He primarily taught Shakespeare, Creative Writing and his beloved Advanced Placement English, having started one of the first AP programs in the area in 1960. He was the boys' golf coach beginning in 1964 and started the girls' golf team in 1980, successfully coaching both teams until his retirement. Mr. Appleyard was inducted in to the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 1996 after winning numerous League, Regional and State Championships. He was also Senior Class Advisor to multiple graduating classes and directed many school theater productions, including several of his own original works. After retirement, Mr. Appleyard travelled the world with his wife, Kay. He continued to play golf and root for his Detroit Tigers, Lions and Red Wings. Mr. Appleyard is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, D. Kay Appleyard, as well as two daughters, Jennifer (Thomas Fennell) of Grosse Pointe, MI and Susan of Austin, TX; three step-grandchildren, Allison, Kevin and especially Brian; brother, William D. Appleyard; sister, Martha J. Collier and five nieces and nephews along with their children. Interment at Grosse Ile Memorial Cemetery will be private. Donations in memory of Fred Appleyard may be made to the at
or the Grosse Ile Educational Foundation at
Published in Heritage on Mar. 29, 2013
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