Frederic Somers Sukoff

by | Jun 2, 2022 | Obituaries

Norfolk—Frederic Somers Sukoff was born on Long Island, N.Y. on October 15, 1937 and passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family on the morning of May 24, 2022.

Fred was a gentle giant with a big heart to match. His large stature was necessary because all his love and kindness could not be contained in a smaller frame.

He is survived by his sister, Sandra Nesson of Norfolk, Va.; three daughters, Carolyn Sukoff Jacobs and her husband Mark of Norfolk and Rockledge, Fla., Stephanie Sukoff Trzeciakiewicz and her husband David of Norfolk, and Becky Sukoff Udman and her husband Yerachmiel of Dallas, Texas; and three step-children Randy, Ira, and Emily, affectionately known as “The Bergerettes.” Each of his 22 grandchildren think they are the favorite. In addition, he had 24 great grandchildren, all of whom he adored. He was predeceased in life by his wife Linda Berger Sukoff and granddaughter Lindy Jane Clary.

For the past 20 years, Caroline Shapero has been his companion, best friend, confidante, gin rummy opponent, and most recently, roommate, sharing their new home together in Harbors Edge. Poppa Fred extended his unending love to Caroline’s children and grandchildren, growing his family even more.

As Fred told us many times, he spent 20 years of hell in the retail business, running the family business, Sanfred’s Dress Shops and 40 years of bliss in the insurance business at the Frieden Agency. Although long since retired, he kept his friendships with “the boys,” often sharing a meal and a glass of Pinot Grigio. He was a source of wisdom, wit, and optimism to all that knew him. Poppa Fred was always available for anyone needing advice, a joke, a hug, or a good meal. He created nicknames for everyone and was as silly as he was sentimental.

Graveside services were held at Forest Lawn Cemetery, officiated by Rabbi Israel Zoberman. Poppa, the table has been slapped.

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