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Fred Sprague

Tinton Falls - Fred Sprague died peacefully at Seabrook Village in Tinton Falls on January 9th at the age of 87.

Fred is survived by his son and daughter-ln-law, Fred and Kathryn Sprague of Sheffield, England; his daughter-in-law, Ruth Sprague, also from the UK; his grandchildren Sam Sprague, Lucy Bowler, Hannah Sprague, Emily Sprague, and Rachael Sprague; and his nieces and nephews Elizabeth Voluz of Staten Island; Linda Blomquist of North Brunswick; Robert Blomquist of River Edge; Kevin Sprague of Lakeland, Florida; Sean Sprague of South Carolina; Brian Sprague of Florida ; Jacqueline Voluz of Staten Island; and Catherine Voluz, also of Staten Island. He is preceded in death by his wife, Palmina (Pam) Sprague (nee Vitti), son Patrick Sprague, brother Don Sprague, and parents Fred and Anna Sprague..

Fred was born in 1930 in Staten Island to Fred and Anna Sprague. He graduated from Tottenville High School in Staten Island, and from Wagner College with a degree in Education. He married Pam in 1954. The couple welcomed 2 children into their home. He is remembered by his son as a loving, kind and caring father who always wanted his children to be happy and safe. Grandpop is remembered by his grandchildren as their hero who could make them smile, laugh, and feel warm, no matter what.

Fred previously lived in Tottenville in Staten Island, and in Basking Ridge NJ.

A US Army veteran, Fred served in the artillery during the Korean War.

Fred was a successful educator, whose teaching career began in Perth Amboy, NJ, where he taught at PS 4 and Shull School. After several years in Perth Amboy, he began teaching at PS 8 in Great Kills in Staten Island. He was mainly a 4th grade teacher, and was Chapter Chairman of the United Federation of Teachers at the school. He spent many happy years at PS 8, until his retirement. He also was the head teacher at the summer vacation day camp at PS 1 in Tottenville for over a decade.

Fred was accomplished at singing and often sang with various musical ensembles at Seabrook Village. He was active in his community, and had volunteered at a Crisis Intervention helpline. He was an avid collector of stamps, sports memorabilia, and antiques. He was always quick with a joke, and helped to host a long running TV show at Seabrook called "2 Guys at Seabrook." Fred was a founder member of the Father Russell Chapter of the Knights of Columbus, and was a member of the Holy Name Society at Our Lady Help of Christians parish in Staten Island. He was an active communicant in the Catholic community at Seabrook.

A funeral is scheduled for Tuesday, 16th January at 10 am at Holy Innocents Church in Neptune, with entombment of the body to follow in Basking Ridge. A viewing and visitation will be held at Ely Funeral Home in Neptune, NJ on Monday, 15th January from 2-4 and 6-8. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Fred's life. Condolences can be made at www.elyfuneralhome.com. The family would like to thank caregivers and staff at The Gardens at Seabrook for their care and dedication.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 12, 2018
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