Frederick L. (Fred) Demarest, 58, of College Hill, Beaver Falls, passed away quietly and peacefully in his sister’s loving arms, Thursday evening, November 3, 2022, while under the wonderful and compassionate care of Good Samaritan Hospice, after a long and courageous battle against a very rare type of cancer, cancer of the adrenal cortex.
Fred was born June 11, 1964 in New Brighton to the late Al (2/19/1976) and Patricia (5/23/2004) (Garber) Demarest. Also preceding him in death were his half-brother, Ron M. Demarest, and his maternal grandparents, George B. (Dutch) Garber, Sr. and Mrs. Vinta Garber and his furbaby niece, Samantha Cole, a Beagle mix .
Fred is survived by his beloved sister, Georgia Demarest-Cole and his wonderful brother-in-law, Dave Cole, as well as many dear friends and colleagues.
Fred worked for over 20 years in the IT department of Heritage Valley Health Systems, first as a senior financial analyst and later as a database administrator. During his long career he has met many great people, including colleagues who have become some of his best friends over the years. He also maintained lifelong friendships with guys he grew up with in College Hill.
Fred graduated in 1982 from Beaver Falls High School. He then went on to college, starting at the University of Pittsburgh and then Duquesne University, earning both a master’s degree in information systems and a master’s degree in business administration and finance.
Fred lived his life to the full. He stayed positive until the end. Neither he nor his sister ever gave up hope of beating this deadly form of cancer. Fred loved his family, went out to eat with one or another of his best friends, and he truly had a deep love for all animals. Fred was a great example of what it means to be a “Self-Made Man”. Our father would be so proud of him. There are no words to describe my deep sorrow and sadness. “We will always be a team, my wonderful brother, and we will have each other forever.”
Friends will be received Monday from 5:00 p.m. until time of service at 8:00 p.m. at the HILL AND KUNSELMAN FUNERAL HOME, 3801 Fourth Avenue, College Hill, Beaver Falls. Private interment will be in Grandview Cemetery.
“I would like to thank the wonderful nurses at the Good Samaritan Hospice inpatient unit, especially Kristen and Denise, for their kindness and compassionate care of my brother and also me, Georgia Cole”
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to www.loveshriners.org, www.helpdave.org or www.aspca.org.
Posted on November 05, 2022
Published in Ellwood City Ledger, The Beaver County Times