Fredrick W. Lapple passed from this life on July 3, 2017, at age 90 with his family by his side.
He is survived by his wife Jean (O’Halloran), children Fredrick (Marie) Lapple of Rochester, Thomas Lapple of Leesburg, VA., Marie (Dan) Davidson of Charlotte, NC, and William (Angela) Lapple of LeRoy, along with 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents Fredrick and Carmel (Coyle); and 2 brothers, Gerald and Howard.
Fred grew up in the “Butterhole” section of Clinton Ave in Rochester and attended St. Michael’s grammar school and Benjamin Franklin High School. He was awarded a full football scholarship to Syracuse University, but joined the Coast Guard during World War II. Upon returning, he was employed by Tobin Packing Company, building a career from truck driver to Sales Manager. He was elected in the 1966 inaugural class of the Monroe County Legislature representing East Irondequoit. He later became the Director of Civil Service and Personnel for Monroe County and finished his career as a two-term elected Supervisor for the Town of Irondequoit. Fred’s passion was public service, and he was proud to help all people regardless of their affiliation. He supported Catholic Education and was instrumental in starting the Bishop Kearney Parents Club which, for years, was the main fundraising arm of the school. His devotion to his community was evident through his memberships in many organizations including St. Salome’s Parish Council, Point Pleasant Fire Department (a 50-year member), Pop Warner Football, Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, Police Chief’s Association, The American Legion, and many others. He served as Chairman of the SUNY College of Optometry College Council and was a long-time member on the Board of the Monroe County Employees Federal Credit Union.
His family wishes to thank the compassionate caregivers at the New York State Veterans Nursing Home in Batavia where he lived his final month.
There will be no prior calling hours. An 11:00AM Memorial Mass will take place on Saturday July 29, 2017 at Christ the King Church (of St. Kateri Parish) 445 Kings Highway S. Rochester, NY 14617.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Point Pleasant Volunteer Fire Depart Benefit Fund, the Fred and Jean Lapple Scholarship Fund at Bishop Kearney High School, or the World War II Museum in New Orleans (of which Fred was a charter member). For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.