Fred, childhood nickname “Fritz” grew up in the Coral Ridge neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale with his two brothers. Fred was born 10 days before Christmas and his younger brother Charlie was born 10 days after Christmas.
As a teenager, Fred was a champion swimmer on multiple swim teams. He became an avid fisherman and an avid surfer as well. After attending Northeast High School, he moved to San Clemente, California to enjoy the surfing out west. While there, he worked for a construction company and learned the nuances of the building industry. He met his first wife Kathryn there and they moved back to Fort Lauderdale.
He went back and forth between California and Florida but eventually settled in Fort Lauderdale. He spent 15 years working at the Ireland’s Inn making many friends there. He also began applying his construction skills to work in the remodeling of homes.
Eventually he formed his own company and his work was known to be of the highest quality. He took great pride in his work and was a perfectionist. Over the years, he had many greatly satisfied customers. He had many more job offers than he could undertake and thus gave priority to his regular customers who cherished Fred’s honest hard work.
Fred was known for his charming personality and his great sense of humor. When someone asked for the number to his business, with a smile, he would answer 954 HEY FRED. Most of all Fred was known for his warm heart. There was not a single mean bone in his body. Many times, he would offer help and kindness to those in the need. He was loved by everyone who knew him. He was also a dedicated family man. He was a great father to his children and doted on his grandchildren.
The last 3 years of Fred’s life are particularly worth mentioning. 3 plus years ago, his 2 year old granddaughter Ariel came to live with him full time. Soon after that, he began a long battle with cancer undergoing multiple procedures and treatments. If that wasn’t enough, 2 years ago, he found himself in the hospital in critical condition due to peritonitis following a ruptured appendix. Then his daughter Sally also came to live with him. Throughout all this, he continued working in the hot Florida sun in order to provide support for his family. Fred was the glue that kept his family together and he was doing all this at age 60. 3 months ago, after a 3 year battle with cancer, he finally got the good news that he was cancer free.
Now we come to Fred’s passion. He loved the beach and always looked forward to windy days where he could go kite boarding. He was quite skilled and loved having pictures and videos taken of him kite boarding. While watching him perform amazing feats, everyone was surprised to learn that those feats were being done by a 60 year old man. No doubt that kite surfing made Fred feel young again.
On August 25, it was not surprising that after Fred had dropped the kids off at school, he was off to enjoy the wind with his kite and board. At some point that morning, he noticed a storm was coming in and he brought his kite up to the beach to land it on the sand. As he was bringing his kite down onto the sand, a tremendous gust of wind lifted Fred up into the air. God saw to it that the legend of Fred Salter of Fort Lauderdale will live on in infamy.
He is Pre-deceased by Brother – Charles Chester Salter, Parents – Sally Cramer and Oscar Richard Salter, Grandparents – Florence Bixler and Oscar Eisenhart Salter M.D., Marjory Rathbun and Fred N Hall, Douglas Cramer
He is survived by Brother – Oscar Richard Salter Jr. M.D., Children – Fred Christopher Salter, Christina Salter, Cameron Salter, Sally Salter, Nieces – Danielle Marie Salter, Savanna Lynn Salter, Sadie Estella Salter Nephews- Richard Oscar Salter, Theodore Chase Salter M.D., John Nicholas Ryder Salter, Samuel Richard Salter, Sawyer Oscar Salter, Grandchildren – Ariel Grace Salter, Jenna Lee Salter, Tucker Fredrick Salter
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