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Frederick J. Soltys
CUMBERLAND- Frederick J. Soltys, 88, a long time resident of Cumberland, RI, passed away on Sunday, August 11th 2013 at the Woonsocket Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. He was the husband of the late Alice M. (Jackson) Soltys.
Born on July 4, 1925 in Providence, RI, he was the son of the late John & Veronica (Walczak) Soltys and the youngest Brother of Rudolph and Alphonse Soltys, both now deceased.
Upon graduating from Mount Pleasant High School in December of 1943, he enlisted in the US Marine Corp in January 1944 and proudly served his country during WWII in the Pacific Theatre of Operations, participating in several island campaigns from September 1944 until the Wars end.
After his discharge, he earned a B.S. in Business Science from Bryant College and spent his working life in the Retail Business first as a Buyer for Lerner Shops and then as a Retail Manager at the New York Lace Store, Coats Field, Zayres and Weintraubs department stores - until he retired.
Throughout his life, he was involved in athletic pursuits. He enjoyed playing basketball, baseball, softball and jogging; he participated in these activities until he became physically unable to do so. He was an avid sports fan, but, above all, he was a Braves Fan - from Boston to Atlanta and everywhere in between.
To all of us who knew and loved him, there was never any doubt that the single most important thing in his Life was the Love of his Family and this will be the thing we will remember most.
He is survived by his four children, David Soltys and his wife Ruth of Smithfield, RI; Daniel Soltys of Cumberland, RI; Deborah Tetrault and her husband Jack of Cumberland, RI; and Douglas Soltys and his wife Patricia of Foster, RI; and his six granddaughters, Erika Soltys; Alyson Soltys; Kristen Dwyer and her husband Ryan; Kailee Levesque and her husband Michael; Madison Soltys; Brooke Soltys; one great grandson, Braeden Mr B. Dwyer, who always says that, Jaju loves me and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 7th at St. Edwards Church, 396 Weeden Street, Pawtucket, RI at 9:00 a.m. with a military interment to follow at R. I. Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, RI.
Lastly, in lieu of flowers and in keeping with his favorite saying Once a Marine Always a Marine
Donations could be made to the Wounded Warriors Project in his memory.