In Memory

Frederick J. Deppert

Feb. 20, 1961–Feb. 14, 2023

It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of R/C Fred Deppert, AP, of Sewanhaka Sail & Power Squadron/3. After a long illness, he is now at peace.

Fred happily served as Sewanhaka squadron commander for 10 years. He was an active member of its educational team and taught America’s Boating Course. Fred was a cheerful man and was the smiling face of District 3 at area boat shows throughout Long Island. As Boat Show Chairman for District 3, Fred organized each event and encouraged other members of the district to join him during several day events. At each boat show, you would find Fred standing straight and tall, in his class A uniform, welcoming new and experienced boaters to the District 3 booth. Fred would spend countless hours talking to booth guests about the importance of taking a safe boating course “before venturing out” on the water. Fred enjoyed sharing the USPS Simulator with booth visitors, especially the “First Mates.” R/C Deppert also shared his talents at the national IT Help Desk and additionally took on the task of chair of the Member Services Committee.

Back In 2015, Deppert, an avid boater, volunteered to be District 3’s first SERAT boat operator and paroled the southern shores of Long Island and was instrumental in guiding and helping many boaters to safety.

Fred enjoyed his south-shore home in Freeport with his loving wife of 25 years, Christina. Fred was a devoted father to Andrew (Carolee) and Jon (Becca). Fred was also an adoring Grandfather to Sarah and Kayla and a dear son-in-law to Patricia Bird and brother-in-law to Patricia Talton (James).

Fred was a respected minister and married countless couples. A memorial service will be held in June 2023. In all things, Fred led the way for others and helped each person he met feel special and appreciated.

Fred was a man who openly showed kindness, strength, and generosity. He was always the first to offer help and asked for no acknowledgment. A gentleman in every way. Missed by his family and all who knew him. Calm sailing our friend.