Fred Gay of Rockledge, eldest son of Dudley and Nell Gay, and one of the most respected business and volunteer leaders in the Brevard Community passed away at home on September 14, 2011. Freds joy in life was helping friends and anyone else in need. His advice and counsel were sought by many and his concern for their welfare was always genuine.
Fred was born on March 31, 1941 in Sylvester, GA. He and his family moved to Brevard County in 1954. At the age of 18, he entered the Florida National Guard and he went on active duty during the Berlin crisis. He returned home as a 2nd Lieutenant and continued to serve in the National Guard until he left the service as Company Commander in 1968.
While a student at Cocoa High School, he worked in the parts department for Bob Ennis Olds Cadillac on Merritt Island, then he worked as a salesman, sales manager and finally a general manager. After ten years as general manager at Bob Ennis Dealership, Fred be came a partner at Marconi Pontiac, and in 1987 be came the owner of Quality Pontiac GMC Trucks
. He always loved a game of chance, and he believed the game of golf was a four hour waste of time, that is until he learned that wagers were accepted. He eventually turned into a golf fanatic. Rockledge Country Club became his home away from home, and the club members were grateful for his leadership and involvement.
His community and volunteer service is Legendary! There is hardly an organization in Brevard County in which he didn't participate, contribute, or lead. Giving back to the community was an important part of his life.
Fred is survived by his wonderful and supportive wife, Jana; Daughters, Michelle Gay North, Nicole Gay Lato, Dottie Matteson. Sisters, Trena (Bob) Hopkins, Kathryn Gay Gutierrez, Marilyn Gay Winkler (predeceased); Brother, Don (Beverly) Gay. Three Grandchildren, One Great Grandchild, Eleven Nieces and Nephews, and Three Grand Nieces and Nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Rockledge Country Club on Sunday, September 18, from 2-6 p.m. Additional parking will be available at Golfview Elementary and Rockledge Garden Club, Fiske Blvd., and shuttle service provided by Quality Pontiac.
In Lieu of Flowers donations should be made to the Brevard Community College Fred Gay Golf Academy.
Published in FloridaToday on Sep. 15, 2011.