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Fred J. Brundrette


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rederick “Fred” Brundrette, a man treasured by his family, loyal to his friends, proud to be an American and whose engaging smile and wonderful laugh filled every room he entered, passed away at the age of 78 late Friday evening June 8, 2018.

Life

Born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts, upon high school graduation Fred enlisted in the Navy and became a proud member of the Seabees (United States Naval Construction Battalion), spending the next ten years serving his country, including a two year tour of duty in Vietnam.  Upon his return to the United States and using the construction skills learned in the Seabees, Fred worked with his closest friend, John Danz prior to launching his own business, FJB Construction, where he spent the next 45 years building Burger King, Wendy’s and McDonald’s restaurants in the seven states off of the I-10 Corridor outside of Houston, Texas.

Fred retired to Florida at the age of 67 to be closer to his family and to use his many business skills to help Patty establish her own career.  Annual summer trips to Michigan to enjoy family vacations at Gravel Lake, nights of card playing, fishing, drinking coffee, sharing stories, laughing and enjoying time with his family were Fred’s passions.  Fred loved good conversation and he was an avid listener who was genuinely interested when he asked how you were doing. 

Family

Fred is survived by his wife of ten years, his “darling” and true love of his life, Patricia Brundrette (Patty) of Clearwater, Florida, his children Alan Richard Kubany (Dorothy Morrison Kubany) and Kimberly Patricia Kubany (Rafy Allende) and three grandchildren, Jeffery Kubany, Justin Kubany and Ava Cebollero.  Fred will also be lovingly remembered by his mother-in-law, Mary Lou Thomas, nephew Rick Brundrette (Chrissy), nieces Brianna, Brittney and Brenda, along with a multitude of brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews and countless friends whom he loved as family.  Fred was preceded in death by his parents (Richard and Mary Brundrette) and his brother Richard Brundrette, Jr., who gave his life in service of our country in Vietnam.  Fred and his family are deeply grateful to the devoted medical staff who took such good care of him during recent hospital stays.   Fred’s determination and courage in the face of adversity, enthusiastic spirit and kind heart will be missed by all those fortunate enough to have known him.   

Services

A funeral mass celebrating Fred’s life will be held at 11 o’clock a.m. on Friday, June 22, 2018 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, located at 1955 South Belcher Road, Clearwater, Florida 33764, telephone (727) 531-7721.    Memorial donations in memory of Fred’s military service may be made to Disabled American Veterans by mail at P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301 or online at www.dav.org.    

Friends, family, and those who served with Fred are invited to share a memory and sign his guestbook below.

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  • Ilse Allende says:

    Thank you for serving in the Navy.Rest in peace Fred.Sending a bunch of prayers.

  • JoAnne Francobandiero says:

    To an amazing man who mot only served his country but gave all of himself to those he touched may you rest in peace you will be greatly missed my sweet friend.It was truly an honor to amongst your friend.

  • Kim and Tom Kurey says:

    Dear Patty and Kim,
    We are praying for you and sending hugs and support. Fred was such a wonderful person, full of love and devotion to all of you. You all served him well during his final days. Your family is a true,loving example of family love and loyalty. love to you all, Kim and Tom Kurey

  • Teresa & Gary Gerke says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest condolences. He was a great man, friend and boss. I enjoyed working for him and will miss him very much. May God bless you and your family.

  • LeAnn Smith says:

    Wow, what can I say. Fred was so unique. Always had that great, big, happy smile on his face. I have known Fred for over 32 years and I know that PATTY was the light of HIS life. Anyone who has known Fred for a long time knows that he deserved the happiness and love that PATTY brought into his life. He was a kind, caring and giving man. He got me to eat my very first clam. He cooked them for our lunch one day as I used to work for FJB CONSTRUCTION CO. Way back in 1986. He and I laughed and laughed that day as I sheepishly, tried to make myself try them. He introduced me to a lot of HIS friends, but 3 Stand out…John Danz, Glee Handshoe and Everett. They loved him. You couldn’t know Fred and not love him to pieces. I worked for Fred when he was not in a happy marriage and later when we ran into each other again, he was married to this amazing, precious soul that made you feel like family instantly and like you had known her always. I’m thankful for having know him and I am very Thankful that GOD brought Patty into his life. He was a great man and he was so deserving of the LOVE he got from his Patty.

  • Michelle Sandoval says:

    My Fred- You have no idea the hole you have left in all our hearts. I still cannot believe you are not here with us. You were and are still loved. I will miss our talks. You always made sure you had conversations with me when I came over. You always made sure I was doing ok. You always listened and I will forever remember that. I love you so much Fred. Keep watching over us. Send your beautiful bride a sign every now and then ok. Let her know YOU ARE STILL HERE. Love always ❤️
    She’ll

  • Cindy and Mike Baker says:

    We met Fred years ago in Texas when he was preparing to turn the chapter with his beautiful wife Patty. The minute I met him at his office, he was humbled, a gentleman with such a big heart. My husband and I have been so blessed to have had a friendship with Fred all these years. Spending time with Patty and Fred was the light in our day. God bless you Fred. We will always love your sweet heart.

  • Devin Pappas says:

    Hey Patty and Kim,

    My prayers will still be sent you to heal from the tremendous loss and emptiness in your heart.
    I am here if you need anything, including a phone call at 2 am…just because you can’t sleep.
    xoxo, Devin

  • Alicia Lester says:

    I met Fred, Patty, Kimmy, Rafy and ava one day over 2 years ago waiting on them. I love this family so much and cannot believe that Fred has passed away. He was such a fighter, so caring and always so great to see. I don’t want to believe that someone who brought such joy as he did is gone. I’m glad he’s no longer in pain though. I will miss you so very much and think of you everyday I walk through those doors. Please stay strong family. Xoxo

  • Judy and Joe Sprayman says:

    I kept looking and looking and I found you. You and dear Fred surely made Happiness a way of life. Your faces made the world shine and say THIS IS JOY !!!!

  • Alyn Thomas says:

    Life was better because of this wonderful man. Fred was a courageous warrior, fighting a battle for so many years with a smile and a positive attitude. I hope you’re in heaven dancing with Aunt Trudy now but counting on you saving a future dance for me when I arrive. Awesome brother-in-law, caring and compassionate man – love you, love you, love you, dear Fred.

  • Beverly Linle says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Rick Brundrette says:

    In 1972 I lost My Father. In 2018 I lost my second one. Thank you Fred for everything. Christina and I will always have you in our hearts and mind. From your Self proclaimed Grandchildren Brianna and Brittany, we miss you “PAPA Fred”.
    You were a father figure, my daughters Godfather, my children’s Grandfather, one hell of a boss and a friend for life.
    You are and will always be missed. Love you “Bub”

  • Vikki Ortegon RN says:

    What can I say… I was so saddened by the news of Fred’s passing and my heart instantly broke for his amazing wife Patty and his family. Fred was an amazing patient for all of us who cared for him. He was so kind and patient no matter what hour of the night or day. He was funny and told jokes often, even when we knew he was not feeling his best. To his amazingly strong, dedicated wife Patty, you and your family will always be apart of the Morton Plant- Witt7/B7 family. It was my pleasure and honor to have cared for such an amazing family and patient. You will forever be in my heart Mr. Brundrette… May you rest in peace, God Bless.