Obituaries: Oct. 4, 2017
May 9, 1952 – Sept. 8, 2017
Fred Bremer, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and truck driver – died Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in Bakersville, from Glioblastoma brain cancer. He was 65 years old.
Fred was born May 9, 1952, to Frederick Bremer Sr. and Helen Roberta “Tillie” (Gleaton) Silberstein. When his mother remarried early in his childhood, he was lucky enough to call Robert Ira Silberstein, dad. Fred’s love of the Smokey Mountains’ beauty, peace and solitude brought him to Bakersville in 1999.
He was lovingly referred to as Freddie by his late grandma, Helen “Tim” (Turner) Gleaton. She had the biggest impact on his life by far. The bond between them was unmatched. It gives the family a great deal of comfort knowing they are together again in heaven.
Fred held dear his siblings, Timi Bremer, Priscilla (Bremer) Graves, Joseph Silberstein, Kristina (Bremer) Bowling and Michael Bremer. He was preceded in death by his brother, Patrick Bremer, and his sister, Debbie Bremer.
Fred once described his greatest joy as being known as “grampa.” He even referred to himself as grampa to his dog, best friend and constant companion, Tiny. Two things Fred never lacked were affection and a fabulous sense of humor. His oldest daughter remembers her Daddy as the one who took her everywhere with him as a child, and grew up to be her best friend in life. Fred had three daughters and two sons: Phoebe (Bremer) Allen, Wendy (Bremer) Keene, Denny Ray Bremer, Brett Bremer and Susanne (Bremer) Byrd.
Fred found his calling as a young boy in his fascination with big trucks. As a truck driver from the age of 18, being on the open road, behind the wheel of a beautiful big rig was his passion. His trucks were always a great source of pride and he kept them in show-quality condition. After he retired in 2008, Fred was often seen tinkering around the house. When he was not tinkering, he was in the garden, fishing, watching chicken antics, which he said were the best source of entertainment in the world, or playing with his grandchildren.
He was blessed with 16 grandchildren, who took great delight in their grampa, and four great-grandchildren, who will one day hear a good many funny stories passed along by their parents. Grandchildren are Ashley (Allen) Jackson, Brandon Jackson, Alyssa Allen, Scott Allen, Alexis Allen, Desiree Williams, Jasmine Pierce, Kyle Wright, Mary Keene, Tosha Keene, Woodie Brooks, Justin Franzel, Jacob Franzel, Tyler Bowling, Kayli Bowling, Tiana Bowling, Layla Shotwell; great-grandchildren are Ava Jackson, Amari Williams, Kylie Williams and Olivia Brownlee.
Fred adored his nieces and nephews, who will remember him fondly as their funny Uncle Fred, Jason Simon, Joy (Graves) Casey, David Graves, Jeffery Graves, Melody (Graves) Malczewski and David Bremer.
Fred will be remembered for his wit and charm, as well as the meticulous way he kept his home and belongings. He loved a razor-sharp pocketknife, well-polished boots and his family most of all.
A Memorial Service will be at his place of worship, Friendship Baptist Church, 246 Bakers Lane in Bakersville, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. All are welcome to attend.