GREENVILLE, Pennsylvania (MyValleyTributes) – Fred Brooks Heathcote, 83, of Greenville, passed away at his residence early Sunday morning, August 4, 2019.
He was born in Butler, Pennsylvania on February 11, 1936 and was raised at St. Paul’s Orphan Home in Greenville.
Fred married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Mae Scott on September 1, 1956. She preceded him in death, on June 6, 2019, after 63 years of marriage. He was a devoted husband and dedicated father and was known for his willingness to help his family and friends.
He was always known as a hard worker. Among his many jobs, were working for the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad, the Borough of Greenville, Wasser’s Men Wear (where he served as manager) and eventually retired from the Greenville School District.
He was a member of the Perry Baptist Church in Hadley. He dedicated a lot of time to his church and the AWANA youth groups.
He was a member of the Greenville Kiwanis, where he served as past president.
Fred enjoyed woodworking, carving and being outdoors. Along with his wife, who played the piano while he played guitar, he enjoyed traveling around to nursing homes and other venues, to share their talents and entertain. He especially enjoyed going to bluegrass festivals.
He is survived by two sons, Todd Brooks Heathcote and his wife, Janet, of Greenville and Dale Calvin Heathcote and his wife, Diane, of Greenville; seven grandchildren, Megan Johnson and her husband, Michael, of Greenville, Nicole Heathcote of Greenville, Jonathan Jones and his wife, Lacy, of Greenville, Bryan Yunik and his wife, Lorrie, of Albion, Pennsylvania, Brad Yunik and his wife, Laura, of Conneautville, Pennsylvania, Beth Yunik of Espyville, PA, and Brinda Wilson and her husband, John, of Greenville; 19 great-grandchildren, Cameron Johnson, Bristol Johnson, Amelia Johnson, Adalynn Johnson, Harlea Scarmack, Rebekah Jones, Rachael Jones, Jeremiah Jones, Jesse Jones, Bob Kelsey and his companion, Jill, Arianna Yunik, Cody Yunik, Dakota Lintz, Allyssa Mooney and her husband, Arthur, Brettian Yunik, Celina Wilson, Jonathan Wilson, Brett Wilson and his wife, Brittany and Evan Wilson; seven great-great-grandchilden, Ethan, Bailey, Landon, Bryce, Sophia, Amelia and Joanna and two sisters, Patricia Barton and Donna Smith, both of Butler, Pennsylvania.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Doris and Calvin Gibson; a grandson, Bryce Yunik; a great-granddaughter, Brittany Yunik and two brothers, John and Ron Heathcote.
There will be a celebration of life on Sunday, August 18, in the Alliance Life Center at the Greenville Alliance Church, 63 Conneaut Lake Road in Greenville, starting at 1:30 p.m. Guests are invited to bring instruments or any other talents they wish to share. There will be a time of reflection, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and will be led by Rev. James Sodano of the Perry Baptist Church in Hadley.
Memorial contributions can be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffet Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15234 or at www.familyhospice.com.
Messages of sympathy, stories, and photos can be shared at www.osborne-williams.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Osborne-Williams Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 73-75 Columbia Avenue, Greenville, PA 16125.