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Official Obituary of

Fred Sopko

February 28, 2024

Fred Sopko Obituary

Frederick J. Sopko, 87, passed away at his home on February 28, 2024. Fred was born April 30, 1936, in Somerville NJ. He was  the son of John S. Sopko and Lillian M. (Schreiber) Sopko. Fred grew up in Manville, NJ. He graduated from Bound Brook high school in 1955, where he was quite the athlete and an award winning wrestler. He later helped to coach wrestling.

After high school, he joined the Army National Guard, where he was a sharpshooter and attained the rank of Sargeant. The company of which he was in charge, was known as 'Sopko's Raiders'.
After the service, Fred worked as a cabinet maker and also helped with the construction of the Doris Duke estate gardens.
In 1965  Fred married Jacqueline Madore and in 1969, he and his wife Jackie moved from Manville NJ to Hillsborough NJ. The house they built together would be the home they would share for the next 58 years. Fred worked as a lineman for 35 years at JCP&L in Flemington NJ. 
Fred enjoyed many hobbies, such as fishing, woodwork, history, reading, antiques, and restoring boats & canoes, just to name a few.

As a former private pilot, Fred loved flying. For years, he was a member of the EAA, and dedicated many years to The Young Eagles Aviation Group which introduced kids and young adults to the world of flying. You could often find him at airshows around the country, wearing his orange jumpsuit and parachute, with his red nose, pilot's cap and goggles, handing out handmade wooden airplanes to the kids in the crowd. The aviation world knew him as the loveable pilot clown, CRASH & BURN FREDDIE.

He made friends wherever he went and no matter where he traveled, he always seemed to run into someone who he knew.

Those who knew Fred, will always remember his sense of humor, funny stories, corn pancakes with strawberries, pierogies, and kielbasa & sauerkraut. Anyone who ever saw him dance will never forget his fancy dance moves or his famous black hat that he always wore out on the dance floor.
Fred leaves behind his loving wife Jackie of 58 years, a son, Mark Sopko of Hillsborough, NJ,  two daughters, Leann Meise of Flemington, NJ,  Cindy Burns and her husband Jason of Charles Town, WV, two granddaughters, Nicole Meise & Naomie Meise, and a grandson, Taylor Meise and his wife Kelley,  many neices & nephews, cousins, and friends.

Fred's wishes were not to have a viewing or service, but rather that all of the friends and family that he loved, remember him as he was in life... laughing, joking, fishing, dancing, smiling, or whatever your favorite memories of Fred may be, that you hold dear in your heart.

Anyone wishing to pay tribute to Fred is welcome to make a donation in his name to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

Fred's family would love to hear any stories or special memories that anyone wishes to share. They can be added to this site's memories. 


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