GRAND RAPIDS — Fred joins his Lord and Savior for his final exciting and everlasting journey after a full, adventurous and rewarding life.
Fred always looked forward to the next exhilarating adventure and led a very active life pursuing many interests along the way. He was born to Frank and Mabel Shorey on Dec. 10, 1939 and was raised in Royal Oak, Mich. After graduating from Shrine of the Little Flower in 1957 he attended Lawerence Institute of Technology. During his early working career he was involved in several business adventures, initially as a salesman and ultimate expert in the industrial cutting tools industry and later spent several years as sales manager for Muskegon Hardware. His other occupations included owning a computer software business, owning a picture framing company, as well as brokering and selling businesses. For the last 25 years, he has been owner and president of Associated Building Services in the Grand Rapids area as well as part owner of Red’s on the River in Rockford, Mich.
He was very actively and enthusiastically involved in many sporting interests: In addition to scuba diving, Fred was an avid skier all his life and skied frequently in the Rocky Mountains as well as at many Michigan ski resorts. He founded and sponsored an adult ski racing team called the Syndicate at Cannonsburg Ski Resort. After 25 years the Syndicate is still racing successfully today.
He was a competitive sail boat racer and owned several boats that competed in many hundreds of races in the Great Lakes including most of the long distance races such as the Queen’s Cup and the Mackinaw races from both Chicago and Port Huron as well as hundreds of local races resulting in some treasured trophies and many halyards full of “brag flags”. He took great pride in and very much enjoyed coordinating the racing program out of Muskegon Yacht Club during those years.
Fred was a life member of Safari Club International. Throughout his adult life he loved the shooting sports including skeet and trap in which he earned many accolades and championships, as well as wing and big game hunting. During his shooting career he was twice president of Kent Conservation League in the 1970’s and the 1990’s. A passionate big game hunter, he has taken many trophies from the North American continent as well as Argentina and several countries in Africa. He had hoped to fulfill one last dream on his “bucket list” – to take the “big five” in Africa. Although he ran out of time he did succeed in taking two of the five but never gave up hope for finishing this quest.
The important message Fred leaves for all his loved ones and friends would be to ardently pursue your passions and interests for a rich, rewarding and fulfilling life – and never give up!
He is survived by his devoted wife, Sharen who actively participated in his many sporting adventures; his sister, Elaine Barbin and spouse Jack of Calif.; five children: Rick Shorey and spouse Stacy, Beth Zucco and spouse Mark, Jennifer Ancans, Deborah Cheek, and Mary Elliot; 12 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held for close friends and family at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, Aug. 22, at St Thomas the Apostle Parish in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Fred loved life and did his best to live it to the fullest so he asked that we celebrate his life rather than mourn his death. With that in mind, the family would like to invite Fred’s many friends from past and present to join us in celebrating his exciting, adventurous, and fun-filled life. The open house is to be held from 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, at his home.
In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations to be made to www.safariclubfoundation.org or God’s Kitchen at www.ccwestmi.org.