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Alfred "Fred" Julian
  • Memorial contributions may be made to Brad Julian Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Grand Rapids Community College Foundation 180 N. Division Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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“My condolences to the Julian's! Fred was my coach at GRCC 1995-1996! I'm truly blessed to have known him as well as coached by him! Rest in paradise...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Sharik Mendes - New Bedford, MA

“I played football for Coach Julian at GRCC from 95-96. He was a very stern and to the point man but I always had a lot of respect for him. ”
2 of 24 | Posted by: Dave Yacks - Honor, MI

“I first met Fred during the Detroit Football city championship game played at the old Briggs stadium. I played for St.Marys of Redford and he was...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Fred Arbanas - Lee's Summit, MO

“We are very sorry to learn about the loss of Mr. Fred Julian. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. May God bless...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Terri & Randy Doezema - Rockford, MI

“As a ten year old boy, I first met Fred Julian when he dated my sister Jackie. At that time he was a Pershing High School all star football player...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: George M. Hunter - Louisville, KY

The Decker Family “Coach, You were more than a coach to me, you were a father figure. I respected you and admired you because you gave me an opportunity to keep playing...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Jim "JD" Decker - Minneapolis, MN

7 of 24 | Posted by: ken baldwin - southfield, MI

“Dear Jacqueline and all of Fred's family, Although we only met Fred a few times, we felt his warm personality and know his passing wil be deeply...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: George and Sharon Hunter - MI

“Memories © Louise Bailey I feel a warmth around me like your presence is so near, And I close my eyes to visualize your face when you were here,...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Cheryl Krupp-Deman - Sparta, MI

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this heartfelt time. I am truly sorry for your loss. May God be with all of you. May He bring...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Sheri Kelly - Wayland, MI

“Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your lossMy thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. As one of Coach Julian...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Sean P Larkin - Player

“To the Family of Coach Julian, I find myself even now, 32 years later, still referring to Fred as 'coach', for that is what we knew him best at:...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Michael Cook - Grand Rapids, MI

“My heart goes out to you. So sorry for your loss. ”
13 of 24 | Posted by: Candy Murphy - cambridgr, MA

“Dear Julian family, We are so sorry for your loss. We had the pleasure of seeing some of you in Traverse City in 2010 and were blessed by the warm...Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: Amy Noon - Auburn Hills, MI

“Hello Family. Coach Julian was my football coach in 1976 and 1977. He was a very humble and quiet man, however he was a leader. I was...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Steve Zobro - Grand Rapids, MI

Zaim Cunmulaj 1990 First Team Defensive Line “My deepest sympathy to your family. Coach Julian was one of my favorite coaches and had a great impact on not only my athletic career but also helped...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Zaim Cunmulaj - Walled Lake, MI

“Jenny & family Sorry to hear the passing of your dad. Hold onto all those great memories they will last a lifetime. Thougths and prayers are with you...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Pam (Schaner) Hammond - Walker, MI

“RIP Coach. ”
18 of 24 | Posted by: David O Bernard - MI

“Jen, I'm so sorry for your family's loss and I hope that the memories and the love you shared will carry you through this difficult time. I am...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Julie Blodgett - Rockford, MI

“Very sad to hear that Fred has passed. May you be shooting even par in heaven Fred! My prayers are with Nick and the rest of the Julian family. God...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Nick Monterusso - sparta, MI

“Jen & Bob, Nick, Lindsay & Scott, It was with great sadness that we learned of your dad's passing. Please accept our sincerest condolences. Fred...Read More »
21 of 24 | Posted by: Steve & Maureen Abid - MI

“Fond memories of Fred. His love for his family defined him. I am so sorry for the family's loss but I know he will always be with you in your...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Kathy Kent - Grand Rapids, MI

“Uncle Fred was such an awesome man with such a wonderful heart! He will be forever in our hearts! We will always cherish our family memories! He was...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Lisa Lipar - The Woodlands, TX

Lou and Pakorn “We are shocked and saddened to hear about your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Hugs to all, Lou and Pakorn ”
24 of 24 | Posted by: Louis Schorr - Natick, MA

JULIAN- Alfred 'Fred' J. Julian, age 75, of Comstock Park, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2013. Fred was a teacher and football coach at West Catholic High School and more recently at Grand Rapids Community College. During his football career, Fred played at Detroit's Pershing High School, where he was awarded "All City", "All State" and "All American" by the Detroit Free Press. He also continued outstanding play at the University of Michigan. In 1960-61 he played professionally for the Titans of New York, the team that became the New York Jets. He earned his Masters Degree in Education from the U of M. Fred was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and the U of M "M Club".

Fred was preceded by his parents, Alfred and Rose Anna (Meola) Julian; his wife, Joyce; his son, Bradley and his brother, Dennis Julian. He is survived by his children, Jennifer (Robert) Sciamanna, Dominic "Nick" Julian and Lindsay (Scott) Hunter; six grandchildren, Ryan & Mallory Sciamanna, Sydney & Jesse Julian, Alexis Donley & Avery & Josie Hunter. He is also survived by his sister, Norma Lipar and his love, Jacqueline Cattani.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church 1200 Alpine Church Rd. NW, Comstock Park. The family will greet relatives and friends on Monday from 6-8 pm and Tuesday from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Dr. NE, Belmont and one hour prior to mass at church. A rosary will be prayed on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. Please share a memory and sign the family's guest book at Those wishing may make a memorial contribution in Fred's name to the Brad Julian Memorial Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College Foundation, 180 N. Division, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.