Fred G. Ferre Jr.1922 ~ 2011Our incredible Fred George Ferre Jr. (F.G.) passed away peacefully October 9, 2011 from respiratory failure following a retirement and early birthday celebration in his honor the evening before.Fred was born October 13, 1922 to Fred George Ferre Sr. and Pearl Elizabeth Cole. Fred married Radine Budd July 8, 1943, solemnized March 1959 in the Salt Lake Temple where he was sealed for time and all eternity to his sweetheart and his three children. Fred is survived by his wife Radine, children Linda, Fred Budd (Rennae), Randy (Denise), and his baby sister Joyce "Pete" West; eight grandchildren, Scott Ferre (Sheri), Matthew Ferre (Amber), Sandi Gutierrez, Brett Ferre, Heidi Lewis (Steve), Jennie Dingus (Cody), Marci Ferre, Megan White (Brad); 17 3/4 great-grandchildren, and five grand-dogs.Fred was preceded in death by his sisters Hazel (Tom Talty), Vickie (Gayle Henderson Sr.), his brother Teddy, and brother-in-law Kent West. Fred grew up in very meager circumstances in Salt Lake City where his father struggled to provide for the family during the Great Depression. When he was 18 his family's home burned down. Fred rescued his three-year-old brother Teddy from the fire, saving his life. The family had no insurance, but soon received a generous Sub-for-Santa from compassionate souls who came to their aid. These experiences partially explain Fred's compassion, generosity, and sincere caring for his family, extended family, business associates, neighbors, ward members, and especially the youth.Fred cared deeply for others, even the unborn. He served many years in the fight against birth defects, working tirelessly to help raise funds, increase awareness of prenatal health, and help provide innovative high-tech equipment to save the lives of premature babies. Following years of service, he led the charge in the fight against birth defects as chapter chairman for the March of Dimes for three years.Fred was too young to serve in the military following the bombing at Pearl Harbor so he worked at the Remington Arms plant in Salt Lake, testing ammunition for the year prior to entering the Army Air Force in 1942 where he served honorably for 3 1/2 years until the end of World War II.Following the war, in 1946, Fred purchased his grandfather's half of the Ferre Auto Wreckage business on 1946 South State Street in SLC for $250. He paid his grandfather $5 per month until paid in full. Fred Jr. and his father Fred Sr., created the automotive business, F.G. Ferre & Son. The business transitioned from the "hub cap doors" to a successful well known automotive parts and accessories store chain, and wholesale distribution company AADCO Warehouse. Early on Fred and his father worked six days a week, and on Sundays they drove around the greater Salt Lake area visiting all of the infamous potholes, gathering hub caps to add the famed "hub cap" doors. Later, sets of hub caps, tires, mag wheels, auto accessories, parts, and racing equipment lined the shelves of their six stores.Many local auto racers were sponsored by F.G. Ferre & Son, from the stockcar races at the fairgrounds to the drag strip to the Bonneville Salt Flats. For several years the 24th of July drag races at Bonneville Raceways were dubbed, "Fred Ferre NightThe Night of Fire." On two occasions, Fred drove a Top Fuel Dragster, which he sponsored for a special exhibition on "His Night" at the drags. Fred was inducted into the Utah Hot Rod Association Hall of Fame in August 2010.Following the sale of his businesses, Fred wasted no time in starting a new venture. His 65th birthday did not mark his retirement, but rather the start of a new business, FRP Marketing, with partner Pat Lauenstein. Amazingly, he finally marked his retirement just two weeks ago.Fred was a lover out outdoor activities and made it more fun for everyone.Fred was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many callings including Elders Quorum president, Young Men president (twice) among others. He loved all young men and made a difference in the lives of those in his ward and many of other faiths. He continued to counsel members of his extended family by word, example, and love throughout his life, even until the final moments of his mortal life.Fred and Radine experienced the near-death of each of their three children. They were with each of them throughout their ordeals. With certainty, each will witness that because of their parent's love, prayers, and untiring support, they survived. During his final few days, despite pain and great difficulty breathing, his greatest concern was expressed for the welfare and care of Radine, Linda, and other family members.Fred was an exceptional husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend. All were blessed who knew Fred. His example and goodness will bless many generations. Fred will truly have joy and rejoicing in his posterity.Each member of the family has been fed spiritually during the past few days as Fred regained consciousness and clarity of thought and speech to express his love and say a "proper goodbye" to each member of his family.Farewell for now, we know it will be but a small moment until we are reunited with our Hero! We love you, Fred, "Freddy," "F.G.," "Dad," "Paw," "Pop," "Grandpa," "Great-Grandpa," Uncle," "Partner," and "Dear Friend."Please join us for a celebration of Fred's 89th birthday and a celebration of his life. Friends may call at the Wasatch Lawn 3401 So. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, from 6 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. Funeral services will be held at Canyon Rim Ward, 3100 E. 3000 South, Salt Lake City, at noon on Thursday, October 13, 2011, his 89th birthday. Friends may call from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the ward prior to the funeral.