Fred Vigodsky

Fred Vigodsky

Monday, September 28th, 1936 - Monday, December 11th, 2017
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It is with great sadness that the family of Fred Vigodsky announces his sudden passing on December 11, 2017. Fred will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Brenda, his children, Holly Jurnovoy (Steven), Brett Vigodsky (Maria), and Craig Vigodsky (Mollye), his grandchildren, Josh Jurnovoy, Andrew Jurnovoy, Vivian Vigodsky, Shane Halpin, and Randy Halpin, and his closest friend of 63 years, Fred Levin. Close family members Terry Gross, Linda Rabinowitz, Paula Camilli, Harold and Frances McGaha and many great nephews and nieces also survive Fred. His parents, Molly and Harry Vigodsky, and his sister, Leah June Gross, preceded him in death. Fred was born in Newberry, South Carolina, on September 28, 1936. He attended the University of Florida and moved to Pensacola in 1965. He was a multifaceted businessman who owned and operated Carpenter’s Restaurant, Chick’s Bar-B-Que Restaurant, Sam’s Style Shop and Blab Television. Fred was an entrepreneur ahead of his time as he provided leadership opportunities for all individuals, regardless of race, color or religion. Fred loved life, but even more, he loved people, especially his family. He greatly enjoyed participating in all family get-togethers, his weekly men’s discussion group, and taking his grandsons to Gator basketball, baseball, and football championship games or inviting friends and family to cheer on the Gators in his home. With his Southern charm, warm smile and hospitable spirit, Fred welcomed all he encountered and never met a stranger. He was humble, never wanting to talk about his own accomplishments, but always wanting to know about others. He was a great listener and conversationalist with no topic off limits. His door was always open, and Fred gladly welcomed anyone into his home to share laughter, stories and an adult beverage. Services will be held at Temple Beth El at 800 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL, 32501, on Wednesday, December 13th at 1:30pm, followed by internment at the Temple Beth El Cemetery located on Strong Street between Q & R Streets. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Fred to the Temple Beth El Endowment Fund, PACE Center for Girls, or the University of Florida Foundation. WATERS & HIBBERT FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
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    Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 | 1:30pm
    Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 1:30pm
    Temple Beth EL


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Gerald Brocato,

Posted at 12:00am
I will always remember Fred and his great smile. He helped me when I started my architectural practice. He was agentlemen. ~ Gerald Brocato, Navarre, Florida


Posted at 12:00am

Marcia & Durrett Lipscomb,

Posted at 12:00am
Dear Brenda, Holly, Brett, Craig and Family. Durrett and I were devastated when we arrived in Newberry for Christmas and got the very sad news the Freddie had passed away. He was larger than life and the best Father, Grandfather,Son and most importantly a Husband to the most beautiful and kindest person we know named Brenda. I have such fond memories when I lived in Gulf Breeze/ Pensacola for a short period of time. It changed my life for the absolute best and I thank you for that. Durrett always enjoyed his visits with Freddie when he came to Pensacola when traveling for business. He always said he came home with a world of knowledge. He will be missed and heaven has gained a wonderful man. God Bless you all. Marcia and Durrett Lipscomb, Tallahasse, Florida ~ Marcia & Durrett Lipscomb, Tallahassee, Florida

Jimmie Coggins,

Posted at 12:00am
Brenda and family,We are so sorry to hear of your loss. So many fond memories. Thoughts and prayers !Jimmie and Doris Coggins ~ Jimmie Coggins, Newberry, South Carolina

Gerald Brocato,

Posted at 12:00am
Dear Brenda and family. I was shocked and saddened to hear of Fred's passing. I was honored to have worked with Fred and his other partners, on many projects; Sam's Style Shop, Brenda Allen's, David Frederic's, their Office and Distribution Center. He was truly one of a kind. God bless you Fred. ~ Gerald Brocato, Navarre, Florida

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