Fred Douglas Corfee |

Fred Douglas Corfee

Services will take place Friday, Feb. 24, for Fred Douglas Corfee II, who passed away Feb. 17, 2006, at Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe.

Fred was born Sept. 24,1929, in Sacramento. He graduated from Sacramento High School in 1947 and from University of California, Berkeley in 1952. He became an avid ski racer at a young age, sporting a necktie whenever he skied, including on his last ski day. He married one of the original Toni Twins, Jeanne Fulstone, in a double wedding with his sister-in-law, Eleanor Killebrew Brown.

Fred was an extraordinary family man, past owner and active promoter of Heavenly Ski Resort, president of Corfee Cleaners and Laundry in Sacramento, and a successful investment broker and financial adviser. He was an active philanthropist in the Sacramento community and belonged to many clubs including Rotary of Sacramento, 20-30 Club, Elks Club, Grand Father’s Club, Kandahar Ski Club and the Family – “Keep Young.” He was an Eagle Scout and helped organized Boy Scout Troop 666. He was also a member of the Cal Exposition Board 52nd Agricultural District and a trustee of U.S. Berkeley Foundation.

Those who knew Fred also knew of his “Fredisms,” which embraced positive mental thinking, self-discipline, determination and humor. He always said that 10 percent of life is inevitable and 90 percent of life is your attitude; tough times don’t last, tough people do; and God bless you, which he said to everyone, even to those he didn’t know. Fred was a character, wearing clogs, working at a standup desk and always skiing with a necktie. He exuded confidence and accepted criticism for being different. In many ways he taught others to be different and be more free in their lives. His greatest attribute was helping others and inspiring so many people. Fred, who was known as “Heavenly Fred,” had a warm heart, tremendous enthusiasm and a personality larger than life. He influenced all who met him and believed in humility. He touched many lives in his purposeful way and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Fulstone Corfee; sons, Eric Brandon Corfee and James Douglas Corfee; daughter, Catherine Mary Corfee; grandsons, Stephen Van Rensselaer Stone and Fred Corfee III, who is due May 2006; granddaughter, Cameron Mary Corfee; brother, Alan Corfee; and sister-in-law, Eleanor Killebrew Brown and her husband, Theodore Brown.

Services will begin at 4 p.m. Friday at the Freemont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive, Sacramento. Later in the year an evening torch parade is planned at Heavenly.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Freemont Presbyterian Church to assist in purchasing a new organ, which Fred was helping to do.

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