Frederic E. Supple Jr.
1925 - 2021
Forest Lawn - Cathedral City
69855 East Ramon Road
Cathedral City, CA
Frederic E. Supple, Jr.

Palm Springs - After 95 years of living a remarkable life, Frederic E. Supple, also known as "Big Ric", has passed away in Palm Springs. Ric and his beloved wife, Rozene, shared nearly 50 years together with most of that time living on Smoke Tree Ranch.

Ric was born in San Francisco on August 24, 1925 to Margaret Jackson Supple and Frederic E. Supple Sr. He considered his father his best teacher with fond memories of learning how to sail and fish on Clear Lake, play golf, and pursue studies at home with his father's coaching.

Ric had two sisters, Laura Supple Simonds and Mary Margaret McAuliffe, who preceded him in death. The Supple house was a lively place. His father played the clarinet, Laura the piano, and Ric belted tunes on the trombone. This family trio produced a cacophony of sounds that drifted through the neighborhood. Ric developed a love for big band music and he played the trombone with the ROTC band at St. Ignatius High School.

His first summer job at Clear Lake was picking pears on 14' ladders. For a few weeks each summer, he picked from sun up to sundown, earning $8 per week. He dreamed of becoming an artist and was inspired by painter Fred Ludekens who was a neighbor.

Ric attended Stanford University during WWII when there were three women for every one man. He hashed at the Delta Gamma house where he met his first love, Jacqueline McCurdy, who he married upon graduation. During his time at Stanford he was a yell leader, captain of the 1945 football team, and a rugby player --- at 6' 4", he was known as a BMOC (Big Man On Campus). He graduated with a degree in political science and economics, and would later serve on the Stanford Athletic Board because of his passionate interest in sports.

With a love for the arts and creativity, he decided to experiment on the job front. Upon graduation he worked for an advertising agency in Chicago where he wrote copy and earned $29 per week. He later worked at JJ Weiner Co. in San Francisco and received his first commission for placing an ad for Belfast sparkling water. Like his father, he enjoyed writing and he landed a freelance job with Sunset Magazine. One of his most memorable articles was a story about Fred Ludekens and Stan Galli on their painting expedition to the Four Corners area.

Life took a turn when he discovered a new pursuit in the field of insurance. A quick learner, he enjoyed the profession and developed a successful career with Fred S. James and the Provident Mutual Insurance Co. in San Francisco. For many years, Ric and his family cherished their time living in Belvedere overlooking the S.F. Bay.

After the untimely loss of Jacqueline, Ric met Rozene Richards Moore at a Stanford reunion. He recognized her from old Delta Gamma days. They had gone on one date while in college.

Ric and Rozene discovered they had much in common with a shared love of the arts and the losses of their spouses. They married and settled in Palm Springs, a place that Rozene knew well from her high school days while living on Smoke Tree Ranch.

Ric's love for music blossomed in Palm Springs. In partnership, Ric and Rozene owned and managed five radio stations including KPSI, KWXY, MIX100.5, KPTR, and KDES. R&R Broadcasting experimented with a variety of music genres, from country and big band, to rock n' roll and listening music. Over a 40-year period they grew to love and support an engaging family of DJs and talk show hosts.

Ric and Rozene also enjoyed bringing new forms of entertainment to Palm Springs. In 1989, they founded the Palm Springs International Film Festival with Sonny Bono. With their interest in movies and Hollywood just down the road, they decided to purchase and renovate the Camelot Theatre which became the flagship arts theatre.

Ric served for many years on the Desert Regional Hospital Board and President of the Desert Hospital Foundation. With Rozene, they donated funds to renovate the hospital and construct the Richards Trauma Center in honor of Rozene's father, George Richards. Their joint interest in philanthropy has resulted in many community contributions including a major gift to construct the Richards Center for the Arts at Palm Springs High School.

In 2007 Ric and Rozene founded the Palm Springs Cultural Center, a non-profit organization which sponsors a number of popular film festivals such as the American Documentary Film Festival, Cinema Diverse and Film Noir, along with the popular Farmers Market. As a special legacy gift, they donated the Camelot Theatres to the Palm Springs Cultural Center so that the community would always have the opportunity to enjoy movies, live theater, and other entertainment.

Ric will be remembered for his priceless storytelling and humor which would light up any room with laughter, and his huge spirit of generosity and kindness to all whom he knew.

His family and friends will miss him deeply, but his legacy of love and laughter will live on in our hearts forever.

He is survived by Rozene, his wife of nearly 50 years, his children and their spouses, Debbie Miller (Dennis), Kate Klein (Tom), Johanna Cullip, Judy Freiha, Georgie Hay (Roy), and Abby O'Connor, and his stepson, Rick Moore (Sarah Romo), and his eight grandchildren, Robin and Casey Miller, Jack and Matthew Klein, Hassiba (Kenton), Issam and Elissa Freiha, and Emma O'Connor, along with many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the special caregivers who helped Ric during this past year: Kacy Consiglio, Jhaye Lopez, Bob Munson, and Ronnie Moreno.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Ric on Saturday, May 15, at 4:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. There will be seating with social distancing and please wear masks. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Palm Springs Cultural Center.

Published by The Desert Sun from May 10 to May 12, 2021.
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Ric was most kind and generous to me and all of my cultural and musical adventures. He was a genuinely very nice man and I consider myself very lucky to have known him and be able o colaborae with him and Rozene. My husband and I send our deepest condolences to Rozene and the entire faily.i
barbara mortensen
May 23, 2021
A life more than well-lived! Have fun in your new chapter!
May 12, 2021
I worked for RR Broadcasting and the Camelot. Ric was an incredible boss, friend, mentor who inspired his employees. I had the pleasure of taking care of Ric and Rozene after the closure of the stations. I will miss his smile, sense of humor, and stories of his life. Farewell Big Ric
Kacy Consiglio
May 12, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. I never had the honor to meet Mr. Supple, by, my partner was one of his caregivers. The stories he would tell of how sweet and caring a man Mr. and Mrs. Supple were and are were so heart warming. I have known Judy for a couple of years and have learned so much about this wonderful man and family. May his memory continue to be a blessing to the entire family.

Love Jon/Jhaye
Jon Barrist
May 11, 2021
When you worked for the supples you were family. The last of a private ownership company. It was my honor too be with them 17 years. Ric co-signed for an auto loan that I paid off. He helped many people. Such was his nature. He liked Dewars and soda and enjoyed vodka martini with a lemon twist mixed by Kacy. At the end of a DJ meeting he would go (good luck and good hunting). A great and good man.

Russ O'Hara
Russ O'Hara
May 10, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Barbara Wisbey
May 10, 2021
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