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October 4, 1944 ~ August 12, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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On Saturday, August 12, 2023, Frederick E. Creed from Sun City West, AZ, passed away suddenly at Banner Del Webb Medical Center at the age of 78.
Born in Memphis on October 4, 1944, Fred moved to Chicago with his mother, Juanita. He was raised by her, his grandmother, his aunts, and Uncle Pop. His love for Chicago was evident to those that heard his stories and he loved taking new people on the “Fred Creed Tour of Chicago,” which was never the same trip but was always a memorable experience.
Fred didn’t believe work was work; it was something fun he was able to do every day. He modeled children’s clothes, delivered groceries, and parked cars by the young age of 12. His professional career started at Coca Cola in the Special Events department where he made lifelong friends.
Naturally a salesman, he took a sales job at Bird & Son and then Richards Building Supply/Acorn Roofing Supply where he created a trade show that would make him famous.
In 1985, he and his wife took a leap of faith that he could be a manufacturers representative and All Weather Products, a division of Creed & Associates, was born. Since then, he has been annoying his customers with his knowledge of roofing materials, codes, and anything else he could use to encourage you to “buy something; my kids need shoes.” MIRO Industries took a chance on him early on in both of their careers and the Friday before he passed, he was still happily selling pipe supports. With a high school diploma and learning disabilities, he pushed himself to earn a Certified Professional Manufacturers Representative certificate from Indiana University. He was grateful for everything the job provided him and his family.
While Fred thought nothing of volunteering to help where and when he could in both Illinois and Arizona, he was immensely proud to be called “Coach Creed.” His voice was heard for several decades and across many soccer fields where the lessons he taught were endless – about soccer, self, and life. His impact on the teenagers of the Flaming Chickens and the Nazareth Academy Roadrunners was great and he valued the opportunity to watch his team grow into adults.
Fred’s most precious possession was his 2008 Honda Goldwing. Despite not being able to serve in the military, Fred was honored to be allowed to ride along with the veterans of Run for the Wall. He believed that no one should be left behind and to remember those who served or are serving.
Fred is survived by his wife of 47 years, Julaine, his daughters, Kristina and Stephanie Creed, and Michelle Andersen, and the only one who really knew something was wrong, his morning walking partner, Charlie the dog. They are comforted to know that so many people got to have The Fred Creed Experience.
A Celebration of Life for Fred’s Arizona friends and family will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2023, from 1:00 - 3:00pm at the Camino del Sol Funeral Home located at 13738 W Camino Del Sol, Sun City West, AZ.
A Celebration of Life for Fred will be held in Illinois at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the family nonprofit, We Are Creed (https://wearecreed.org/donate), or Run for the Wall (https://rftw.us/donate/). In His Memory, please enjoy your “first one today.”