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CAREGiver Fred Leaves Beautiful Memories, Smiles, Goodwill

CAREGiver Fred Kaspar, a man for all seasons, left this corner of Texas too soon. Many people, young and old, will mourn his unexpected passing for some time to come, but they’ll also be hanging onto the multitude of smiles and great memories that Fred created.  

Fred assisted seniors for only seven weeks as a CAREGiver for Home Instead Senior Care® of Victoria, but he impacted clients and office staff with his warmth and compassion. Franchise owner Stephanie Niles and her staff unanimously voted to honor Fred posthumously as the company’s CAREGiver of the Month for July. Long before joining Home Instead, the former Texas A&I football player had shared his caring ways among young people during an extensive education career when he served as a teacher, coach, mentor and administrator in the Corpus Christi and Victoria areas.

“In the short time Fred was with us, he left a big impression everywhere he stepped. He was a one-of-kind person who will be dearly missed. Few people have the ability to touch every heart and fill them with laughter like Fred did,” Stephanie and her staff said in a tribute following Fred’s death June 20 in a car accident three days after his 65th birthday.  

“Fred meant a lot to us by bringing out not only our physical smile but our inner happiness. That joy sometimes gets lost when we don’t remind ourselves – as Fred did – that it’s OK to laugh, smile and enjoy life. Fred’s upbeat energy and the twinkle in his eyes are things we all will miss. Fred was a sweetheart. He was a compassionate man with clients and always alert to their needs. He was the CAREGiver who you hope to keep because of his eagerness to learn different things and willingness to go to various clients’ homes so he could experience different situations. 

“There was never a dull moment with him. When he left the office after visiting, he was the talk of the day. Fred inspired us in the office, imploring us to always do these things: be grateful for our surroundings, help one another, be happy, love everything, feel blessed for what we have and remove any bitterness we might be carrying,” the staff added.

Among the examples of Fred’s selfless compassion for seniors included the time when widespread flooding hit the area, making travel difficult. Fred left home two hours early one day to be with his client because he was concerned his client would be alone. He could have stayed home, but he did not. 

Fred had a 93-year-old regular client with whom he had bonded. When he worked the night shift with the client, Fred would pull a recliner close to the bedroom door so he could hear the client get up or if he was stirring. Fred always wanted to be ready to help in a moment’s notice. 

Fred’s wife, Debbie, said her husband “was all about caring for people.”

“He was the love of my life. He was the most caring individual I have ever met. There will never be another Fred Kaspar,” Debbie said. “He loved the elderly, had so much compassion and never met a stranger. He left the teaching profession and took a leave of absence to care for his father after his mother died. That’s when I met the most wonderful man I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. 

“I saw up close and personal the way he cared for his dad and did so many things for him without a thought. When we married, Fred would drive to Ganado every morning very early to prepare his dad’s breakfast, then drive back for school. That’s the kind of man he was – never complaining, always doing for others. 

“Everyone who knew him, loved him. He had a passion for his students and had a unique ability to bring out the very best in all of them. Even in later years, a student would stop him to say, ‘Hey, Coach,’ which would begin much conversation because Fred wanted to know what they were doing with their lives. Fred would still give advice and express his compassion. 

“Fred loved me more than life, and I felt the same. We were blessed to have each other almost 23 years. I miss him terribly, but I know he is in a much better place and we will meet again someday.  We must keep his memory alive by showing compassion, kindness and love to everyone we meet. He would have liked that.”

The Home Instead Senior Care staff agreed with Debbie. Stephanie and her office workers won’t soon forget Fred. “If Fred could be defined by three words that would stand the test of time, they would be: ‘Live, love and laugh,’ ” Stephanie and her staff concluded.

All Home Instead Senior Care CAREGivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured. For inquiries about employment, please call 361-433-0330 or apply online. For additional home care information visit Home Instead Senior Care​.​​​


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