Ronald Allan Frederick was born on August 14, 1948 to Gordon Victor and Virginia Welch Frederick. Ron was a “cradle-to-grave” Floridian and raised in Sanford, Florida. He attended Lake Monroe Elementary, Sanford Junior High, and Seminole High School. He was fully involved in the High School Band program, playing clarinet, oboe, and bassoon. He was the Student Conductor of the Concert Band during his senior year. Ron passed away in Orlando on Sunday morning, January 19, 2020, from complications associated with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 71 years old.
As a young lad of 10 years old, Ron was fully involved in the viewing of Major League Baseball (New York Yankees specifically). His reaction to the loss of the Pennant Race or the World Series, which back in the day didn’t happen much, was catastrophic.
At the age of 13 he became an astronaut. The theme for the Sanford Christmas Parade in 1961 was “Looking to the Future.” The float entry for Lake Monroe Elementary required an astronaut and Ron took the assignment. A cardboard space suit was made, covered with aluminum foil, and Ron was strapped to the float for the “Ride of a Lifetime.”
Ron attended Florida State University and attained a Bachelor of Arts degree and was a member of the Delta-Chi Fraternity. He continued his education at University of Central Florida, attaining a Master’s Degree in Accounting and passing the Florida State Certification program to become a Certified Public Accountant.
Ron was the kindest and most gentle person you would know. He was always available to his friends for help and challenges, and the occasional party where he loved to dance the night away. Most importantly, he was always available to provide sage advice to his brother Richard (Rick). There are so many things to say and not near enough space to put them.
Ron leaves his cherished memory to his brother, Richard Frederick (Carol); two nephews, Christopher and Dean; his niece Dena and her daughter, Annabelle; step-mother, Ann Frederick; step-brother, John Michael Frederick; his beloved cousins, Donna and Kathy Kennedy and Sonja, Rhonda, and Tracey Echols and their families. He also leaves his beloved fiancé and caretaker, Bonnie Harrelson Sexton and her two sons, Greg Cozart (Thomas, Savannah, and Logan) and Jeffrey Cozart (Bridgett Neely-Cozart); and many other family members and close friends.
The memorial service is Saturday, February 1st, 11:00 a.m. at Grace Bible Church of Central Florida, 801 Dorscher Road, Orlando, FL 32818