Frederick Shamlian, 95, died peacefully at his home in Media PA on Saturday afternoon, April 17, 2021.
Born July 15, 1925 to Victor & Sophia Shamlian, Fred grew up during the Great Depression in Bryn Mawr with his sisters Newert and Minnie and brothers John and Warren. As a young man, he took pride in his skills working the soda fountain at Parvin’s Pharmacy, where he met his future wife.
During WWII, Fred served as a Navy 1st class petty officer, graduated from Juniata College, married Germaine Gardiner on January 8, 1955, and with no experience was hired as advertising manager of Barr’s Jewelers right out of college. His advertising career led him to the Stetson Hat Company, the Bunting Furniture Company, and Thomas Scientific, where he conducted the Employee Choir with verve.
With his three children attending St Charles Borromeo, Fred contributed his time to help run the bingo games, was an usher for many years, welcomed four new Eagle Scouts as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 266, and relished his annual role as Santa at the St. Charles church bazaar. Fred also served as President of the Upper Darby Forum, an organization which brought great performers such as Tony Randall, Victor Borge and Anna Maria Alberghetti to Delaware County.
In his retirement, Fred became a prolific writer, crafting nearly 100 children’s stories, and publishing his autobiography, “Pushmondon,” available on Amazon as a book or download.
Fred’s beloved wife Germaine (nee Gardiner) passed away in 1994. They are survived by their children Frederick (Rick), John and Germaine Rickards, 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Visitation is this Friday from 9:45 to 10:45 AM at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 3422 Dennison Ave., Drexel Hill, followed by a Funeral Mass 11 AM. Fred will be buried at Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery in Springfield.