Former Leader Honored

November 30, 2018

Last week, the St. Clair Shores (Mich.) school district held a rededication ceremony for Don Frederick, after some of his memorabilia turned up in the athletic director's office.

According to the Macomb Daily, when Kurt Wilson became St Clair Shores' athletic director earlier this year, he discovered a jersey and a bat with Don Frederick's name on them. Wilson looked into Frederick, and learned that he had served the district for more than three decades, as a coach, teacher and athletic director, before dying of cancer in 2004, at the age of 56.

On a hunch, Wilson called Ron Frederick, a St. Clair Shores City Councilman and announcer for the school's swimming meets and football games, and asked if he'd heard about Don Frederick.

"Kurt calls me up and says, 'I found some of his stuff in my office, do you know who this guy is,'" Ron Frederick said. "I said 'Yeah, that's my brother.'"

The jersey and bat had been displayed in honor of Don Frederick's life and achievements, but had been taken down and stored in the former athletic director's office while the building was being renovated. Wilson had the jersey cleaned up before being placed in a shadowbox frame with a bat, a baseball and a plaque summarizing Don Frederick's career. The frame was dedicated during halftime of the boys' basketball season opener.

Ron Frederick said the rededication was “a nice thing” that Wilson did for the Frederick family.

"It was fairly emotional to talk about," Ron Frederick said afterward. "Don was my older brother, my only brother. We were still very close at the time of his death. Mom thought it was an awesome tribute."

Wilson said he believed Don Frederick deserved this ceremony.

"When people dedicate their lives to something like a school, someone should remember their legacy,” Wilson said. “From what I understand, he was awesome in life. It was just the right thing to do."

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