the key west citizenSeptember 1, 2018


11/13/1956 – 01/03/2018

“You better get ready for Freddie … ‘cause Freddie’s ready for you!” The locals might remember that old “catchy“ radio jingle about Freddie’s dad. His parents owned Westinghouse Appliances and Summerland Electric. Freddie was born in Key West, Florida on Nov. 13, 1956. At the time of his death, he lived in Ocala with his sister. On Jan. 3, 2018, he and his family returned to Key West to attend his father’s memorial service. The evening they arrived, Freddie unexpectedly passed away. No one was ready for Freddie to go.

Preceded him in death were his parents Connie H. Losley and Frederick A. Losley. He is survived by his stepmother, Edith (Cissee) Losley, sister Connie Ann Bevis (Harold), brother Sidney Losley, nephews Alex Pendleton and Andrew Pendleton and great-niece Alanna Pendleton. He has surviving cousins Staci, Shaun and Shad Hudgins and uncles Clay and John Hudgins. Family in Ocala are his aunt Deloris Drudge (Jackne), cousins Debbie Powers (Larry), Teresa Wimmer and Derrick Drudge (Sonja). Freddie also has a stepsister Kristi Basinger (Zach), stepbrother Michael Stack (Janette), along with nieces and nephews.

Frederick (Freddie) Calvin Losley graduated from Key West High School in 1975. He had close ties with Roy Sanchez, Bernie Papy, Henry and Danny Stephenson, Keith and Craig Hanson and many more friendships. He loved people! Freddie had a wonderful youth and spent active years boating with family and friends. He was sweet, kind and social. In his early 20s, he was diagnosed with mental illness. He struggled with that demon his remaining years. Freddie lived most of his adult life at The Heron House in Marathon, Florida and formed close bonds with caregivers and friends. For many years, he worked at Winn-Dixie and most of the customers knew him by name. The family is especially grateful to Clare Condre, Ceri Checkley and Gary Roberts, who made such a positive impact in his life. Freddie was a long-time member of the Elks and the United Old Stone Methodist Church. His wish was cremation. Some of his remains will be spread in the Niles Channel off Summerland Key following his mother’s, and others will be interred with his father in The Losley plot of the Key West City Cemetery.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the United Old Stone Methodist Church, 600 Eaton St., Key West, on Friday, Sept. 7, at noon. The services will be officiated by Chaplain Gary Roberts. Family and friends are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations on behalf of The Heron House (badly damaged during Hurricane Irma) made payable to: The Guidance Clinic, 67 Cocoa Plum, Marathon, FL 33050 in loving memory of Freddie Losley.