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Frederick H. Duffield III

Obituary for Frederick H. Duffield III

March 2, 1958 - November 17, 2017
Bay Village, Ohio | Age 59


Frederick H. Duffield, III, 59 of Bay Village passed away Friday, November 17, 2017 at UH St. John Medical Center. He was born in Norfolk, Va. March 2, 1958, the son of Elizabeth and Fred Duffield, Jr. Brought up in a Navy family, Rick moved about the country every four years until he landed in Bay Village his junior year in high school. He was proud to be a Bay Rocket. He continued his education with a Bachelor's degree in accounting and a Master's degree in Management Information Systems from Bowling Green State University. He began his career at Ernst and Whiney, followed by Cigna Financial Services. With four other partners, Aspen Management Group was formed, and his career ended as a founding partner of Stratos Wealth Partners.

Rick was a member of Bay Presbyterian Church where he served as a past deacon. He was a Bay Soccer Club youth coach, but his most treasured time was coaching his beloved Bay Village Travel baseball team. He loved and adored those boys, and could recount just about every pitch, hit and stolen base over the years. Rick and his pal Jack could never find an open racquetball court in their college days, so squash became their racquet sport, and he continued playing competitively for many years. Rick played golf with the Dillon League at Hilliard Lakes and was a huge Tribe, Browns and Cavs fan. Skiing in Steamboat, Colorado with his best friend Jim Rabbitt was his favorite vacation destination. As his friends and neighbors can attest, he grilled the best burgers and ribs in the Greater Cleveland area, and his tomato patch was his pride and joy.

Rick is survived by his wife, Cheryl (nee Pokelsek) whom he married June 18, 1983, his son Frederick H. Duffield IV (Ricky), his mother Elizabeth (nee Desmond) Duffield of Atlanta, sister Linda Duffield Kuyper of Greenville, SC and brother George, also from Atlanta. He was preceded in death by his father, Commander Frederick H. Duffield, Jr. in 2001.

A memorial service will be held at Bay Presbyterian Church, 25415 Lake Rd, Bay Village, Ohio on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at 1 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Deacon's Fund at Bay Presbyterian Church.

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