Jim “Captain Redman” Frederick (77) or better known as Papaw to his family, of Tavares, Florida passed away surrounded by his family on December 30, 2019. Jim was born on October 18, 1942 in Winchester, Kentucky to Bill and Jane Frederick. Jim moved his family to Florida in the early 1970s and fell promptly in love with the lakes and the ocean. This is where his love of fishing began.
While Jim enjoyed success fishing in bass tournaments and chartering offshore, his greatest accomplishment and the thing he was most proud of was his family. He was married to Betty for 58 years, and they had four children with five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He was proud of all of them. He loved his kids, spoke of them to anyone who would listen and spoiled his grandkids – each of which had a special nickname. Even his wife Betty had a nickname: together they were Mamaw and Papaw – the place you go to eat good food and hear funny stories.
Captain Redman’s favorite pastime was fishing. He spent many years patrolling the fresh water of the Harris Chain of Lakes in Lake County and discovered his real love of fishing offshore. He was a Charter Boat Captain out of Daytona Beach and truly loved being out on the ocean. He passed his love of freshwater fishing down to his kids, and his love of salt-water fishing to his grandkids, Kayla and Rick.
Papaw would want to be remembered for his love of animals, especially his beloved sidekick- Nick the English Springer Spaniel, his “grand dogs” Pete, Tess, and Prissie “White Fang”. He never met a dog or animal that he didn’t love (including cats, no matter what he said.) The only animal he couldn’t tolerate was snakes – of which he also passed down to his kids. He loved to laugh, he loved Motown and he loved Mamaw’s cooking! He enjoyed card games at Christmas and hunting in the fall. He had a passion for the outdoors and especially, of course, the water – something that his entire family shares.
He made an impact on the local fishing community. He was a fixture for many years on Lake County waters and was a proponent of keeping the waters clean and the fishery thriving. After he moved on from being an active fishing guide, he saw his legacy carried out by his sons – one of which, Tim Frederick, who became a professional bass fisherman sponsored by Lake County Tourism. Papaw was there the day Tim won his first professional tournament and it was a special moment for everyone.
Jim is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty “Mamaw” Frederick (Tavares, FL). His children, Tommy Frederick (Inverness, FL), Tim Frederick and Kelly Shafar (Leesburg, FL), Cheryl Frederick West and Ricky West (Astatula, FL), and Sharon Frederick and Natalie Donahue (Arlington, VA). Jim is survived by his five grandkids: Rick West, Kayla (West) Cargil and Korey Cargil, Dillan Kilgore, Alexis Frederick, and Logan Frederick. He is also survived by his two great-grandkids: Kinsley Cargil and Kameron Cargil.
He was preceded in death by Father: William Thomas Frederick, Mother: Lavonne Jane Frederick, and Sister: Judith (Frederick) Shaw.
Services for Jim are private at this time at the request of the family.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Cornerstone Hospice House of Tavares, Florida.