Frederick J. Sponheimer, 80, of Bensalem, passed away on November 5, 2020, surrounded by his family.
Fred was the loving husband of 60 years to Barbara Ann (Skipp). He was the son of Fred and Mary Sponheimer, as well as the brother of Victor Sponheimer (Ann) and Jean Pezzetti (Donnie). He is survived by six children Donnamarie Smith (Ed), Debi Johnson (George), Lori Welsh (Alan), Chryl Bakeoven (Ellwood), Fred Sponheimer (Katie) and Robert Sponheimer (Stephanie). He also leaves behind nine grandchildren, Ryan Smith (Chrissy), Erin Smith, Jordan Smith, Samantha Johnson, Alan Welsh, Jr. (Jenn), Ava Sponheimer, Colton Sponheimer, Angelina Sponheimer, and Anthony Sponheimer, as well as three great-grandchildren, Brayden, Axel, and Gunner Welsh.
Fred was born and raised in South Philadelphia, moving to Bensalem in 1962. He was a Marine, serving his country as a young adult. For 40 years, Fred was the manager and owner of Skipp’s Decorating Service. He was proud to provide decorations for Kennedy’s Inauguration, as well as creating floats for various parades, and decorating displays at Keystone Racetrack for the PA Derby, and malls in the area during the holidays.
Fred was also a 32nd Degree Mason at Houseman Lodge # 211, where he developed many life-long friendships. During the 70s, Fred was the Vice President of the Redwings Association, all well as coach, and manager of the Comets, girls championship softball team.
As a Life Member of Nottingham Fire Department, Station 65, Fred served the community as a fireman, driver, Fire Police Captain, Vice President and trustee. He also began the tradition of riding Santa around the neighborhood on the firetruck, with his Rudolph in the 70s. Throughout his time serving as fire police, he became a lifetime member of the Bucks County Fire Police Association.
Throughout 40 years, Fred provided security for Bensalem School District events. He enjoyed working basketball games, dances, and graduations to name a few events. He also provided security for Bensalem Night School for many years. In the 90s, Fred became a security officer for Bensalem High School and before retiring he worked at Faust Elementary. Fred always enjoyed talking with the students and staff in both buildings.
After retiring from the school district, Fred worked as a Park Ranger for Bensalem Township. He enjoyed watching the kids practice and play sports, as well as loved talking with people while at the park.
Fred loved to camp with his family, at Homestead Farms Campground, outside of Quakertown when his children were young. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. As his children grew older, he enjoyed summer vacations at the Jersey Shore, in Hilton Head, SC and later in Myrtle Beach, SC with his wife, children and grandchildren. It was common for Fred and his wife, Barbara, to hop in the car and take rides, never knowing where they would wind up. After retiring, he enjoyed visiting Hollywood Casino in Grantville, PA and going to Ocean City, MD during the off-season.
Fred’s ability to meet and talk to people, wherever he visited, lead to many friendships, as well as invitations to visit and attend a variety of family reunions.
Family and friends are invited to visit with the family on Thursday, November 12 at The Bensalem Township Country Club, 2000 Brown Avenue, Bensalem. Visiting hours will be 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with a brief memorial service. Interment will be at Washington Crossing National Cemetery.
Attendees must wear masks and observe proper social distancing guidelines during the services.
The family requests that donations be made to Wounded Warriors Project P.O. Box 758516 Topeka, KS 66675 or Abington Health Foundation-Hospice Care P.O. Box 569 Philadelphia, PA 19105 in honor of Fred.
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Wounded Warrior Project
P.O. Box 758517, Topeka KS 66675
Abington Health Foundation-Hospice Care
P.O. Box 569, Philadelphia PA 19105