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VIRGINIA BEACH – Frederick C. Neely, passed away on Oct. 8, 2016 after battling several diseases, including cancer. He was 71.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Susan; and three very talented and intelligent children, James Patrick, Shannon Dee, and Shawn Christopher.

He was always an achiever, from being Eagle Scout to a naval nuclear engineer. He joined the submarine service at the age of 17 and served on two diesel submarines, before obtaining a commission and moving on to the nuclear submarine Navy. His final submarine tour was as executive officer in USS Dallas (SSN-700). He retired from the Navy after 24 years of service, then worked for several defense contractors until full retirement.

He loved nature, the mountains, the beauty of trees and flowers. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, metal detecting on the beach, flying model airplanes, and competitive pistol and shotgun shooting. Another of his passions was teaching basic math to students who “just don’t get it.” He taught at Tidewater Community College and Bryant and Stratton College.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, at Colonial Grove Memorial Park, at the corner of Princess Anne Road and Dam Neck Road in Virginia Beach. Condolences may be offered to the family at