January 6, 1936 - December 19, 2018
Fred passed away peacefully on December 19th, surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred G. and Lillian Carey Cooledge and his only brother, Kenneth Cooledge. Fred is survived by his wife of 54 years, Valerie Bratschi Cooledge and daughters Deborah Cooledge, Colleen Salone, Erin Lyon, son in law Carlton (Doc) Lyon, grandson Ben Salone, sister in law Mary Cooledge and his beloved and faithful dog, Toby.
Fred was born in Traverse City, Michigan on January 6th, 1936, grew up on a cherry farm on the Old Mission Peninsula, graduated from Michigan State College and began a career in banking in 1959 at the Traverse City State Bank. He began as a teller and ended as a senior Vice president, having headed all departments except loans, during his career. He was a trusted friend, confidant and adviser to the people that he worked with.
He moved his family to Midland, Texas in 1983 where he was employed by First Bankers Savings & Loan. He ended a 30 year career in banking when he went to work for the FDIC at the height of the bank closings in 1989. While working for the FDIC, he was transferred to San Antonio, TX., Westborough, Mass., Naperville, Illinois, and finally back to Dallas in 1997 and he retired in 2001.
Fred has always been active in church throughout his life, and he continued his service to others after his retirement through his church activities. He enjoyed many years of taking communion to assisted living homes, where he met and became friends with many interesting people. He recieved the Bishop’s Award for his years of service in 2013.
The funeral mass for Fred will be at Prince Of Peace Catholic Church in Plano at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 12. 2019.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory if Fred may be made to a charity of your choosing or in keeping in the spirit of love and service, an unexpected act of kindness may be made to someone in need.
Arrangements under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Tx 75252
214 306 6700
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