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Frederick Michael Greenhaw

February 3, 1951 ~ August 4, 2022 (age 71)
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Fred Greenhaw passed away on August 4, 2022 after battling Parkinson's Disease. Fred was known for his kindness, integrity and hilarious sense of humor. Originally from Michigan, Fred served in the US Air Force after high school and was a Vietnam Veteran. He went on to work at the newspaper as a journeyman mailer for the Arizona Republic for over 20 years. Fred felt strongly about helping people, and at age 40 decided to switch careers and go to school to become a Registered Nurse. He worked as an RN for almost 10 years where he was known for his deep kindness and compassion to patients and peers alike and was recognized with several awards. He also learned American Sign Language and acted as an interpreter, including for President Bill Clinton one time during a visit to Arizona.

Fred truly had a zest for life and loved to have fun - whether it was singing karaoke, playing harmonica, jamming to classic rock, cheering for the Detroit Tigers or Lions, riding his Harley Davidson or cracking endless jokes, you could always find him finding the lighter side of life and trying to make those around him feel better. Fred was known for donning a handlebar mustache for several years, his signature look. He loved spending time with his Vietnam Vet Motorcycle Club brothers, where he was known as Handlebars. He also loved classic cars, with his favorite being Ford Mustangs - he had a penchant for offering free car washes/waxes to his friends and family - even while visiting others out of state while on vacation! Despite his Parkinson's Disease, Fred never lost his faith as a Catholic and maintained an incredibly positive attitude throughout his battle. He fought a good fight until God finally took him home. He will be missed by many and his loving and fun spirit will live on through his family and friends.

 

A Graveside Service will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on Friday, August 19th at 1:00PM, please arrive at 12:45PM sharp. As you enter the National Memorial Cemtery there will be a monitor on the right side, please wait until you see Greenhaw 1:00PM (and then the shelter number will be listed), then pull forward and follow the signs to the designated shelter location. 

 

 


Services

Visitation -
Thursday
August 11, 2022

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary
8555 E Pinnacle Peak Mortuary
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Funeral Mass
Thursday
August 11, 2022

2:00 PM
St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church
32648 N Cave Creek Rd
Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Graveside Service
Friday
August 19, 2022

12:45 PM
National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
23029 N. Cave Creek Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85024

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