• Memorials may be made to:
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church
    1695 Raoul Wallenberg Bouleard
    Charleston, SC 29407
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Bishop England High School
    363 Seven Farms Drive
    Daniel Island, SC 29492

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“To the Kassis Family, I fondly remember many many trips to the shoe store with my mother and my grandmother when I was a young child. Mr. Kassis had...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Hope Bleecker-Stucker - Asheville, NC

“Dear Mrs. Kassis, Danny, Sonya, Jane and all of your family, I loved Fred. I haven't seen him in years but the image that comes to mind whenever I...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Billy Gay - Marietta, GA

“We will always remember Fred's bright eyes and warm smile. He will be missed. ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: Dewana Young and Denise Young - TX

“dear joanne and family, My heart is saddened by the news of fred's passing. my thoughts and prayers are with you, is so hard to give up our...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: gloria stroud - columbia, SC

“Danny and extended family. We are very sorry to hear about the passing of your Father. Your Father treated me and my family like we were family and...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Robert "Bobby" Bollinger - SC

“Dear Kassis Family, We were so sorry to learn of Fred's passing. He was a fine gentleman, good friend and neighbor. We have missed seeing him the...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Joe and Pat Logan - Boone, NC

“Keeping you all in prayer upon hearing of Mr. Kassis' death. He was a kind, lovely and generous man. My thoughts are with you all. ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: Barbara Revel Lee - Jacksonville, FL

“Danny and extended family, I am very sorry to hear about your Dad passing away.. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Mary Harley - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Just wanted the family to know that we are sorry for your loss and will keep you in our hearts and prayers in the coming days. Mr. Kassis was a...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Elsie Clees - Charleston, SC

“Happened to be in Charleston on business yesterday, and with some time to kill before the airport, was running some errands near the store. ...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Jim Wheaton - Chesapeake, VA

“Our hearts ache for the Kassis family. May Almighty God comfort you in this time of great sadness. True examples of the American dream such as Fred...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: John Weed - James Island, SC


“Dear Joanne and family, Sorry to hear of your loss. I will always have a great memory of the time that Joanne, Fred and I went to Alabama for a...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Margaret Wade - Hanahan, SC

“Dear Kassis Family, May God bless you with the peace that none of us can understand. From the Members, Officers, and Staff of IBEW Local Union 776 ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: IBEW Local 776 - Charleston, SC

“Dear Kassis family; we were very sorry to read of the passing of Mr. Kassis. We are never prepared for the passing of our loved ones, and this is...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: P Dixon - summerville, SC

Fred A. Kassis, 85, of Charleston, SC, husband of Joanne Jones Kassis entered into eternal rest January 23, 2013. His Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, January 28, 2013 in St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1695 Raoul Wallenberg Blvd. at 10:30 am . Prayers and Final Commendation and Farewell will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, January 27, 2013in J. HENRY STUHR, INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway, from 6:00 until 8:00 pm where a Rosary Service will be recited at 7:45pm.Fred was born September 4, 1927 in Zahle, Lebanon, son of Aziz Kassis and Zakia Shahid Kassis. He was Co Founder of Kassis Brother Shoes along with his brother John. Fred was a former member of The Board of Visitors at Charleston Southern University and a member St. Joseph's Catholic Church. A devoted family man, Fred believed in working hard, taking care of his family, and enjoying time with his numerous friends.Fred was a shoemaker by trade and he and his brother operated a successful shoe business in Australia after leaving Lebanon. Fred had many family members already living in Charleston and he dreamed of the opportunity to come to the United States and start a business. He was preparing to return to Australia after a brief stay on a visitor's visa, when he met Senator Olin D. Johnston through a cousin. Senator Johnston became interested in Fred's desire to stay in the United States. Senator Johnston and Representative Mendel Rivers introduced a bill in Congress that was signed by President Eisenhower, enabling Fred to stay in the United States. The bill made Fred a permanent resident of the United States on August 6, 1958.The Kassis brothers operated their shoe store at 237 King Street for many years with a mission of helping people walk in comfort and building special orthopedic shoes for those in need. Numerous people in the area and beyond have received support and service from Kassis Brothers.He is survived by his wife of 53 years; two daughters: Sonja K. Stetzler (David) of Charlotte, NC, Jane K.Vettel (Steve) of Charleston, SC; son, Daniel F. Kassis (Amy) of Charleston, SC; granddaughter, Anna Kassis; five grandsons, Daniel Kassis, Matthew Stetzler, Michael Stetzler, Eric Vettel, Luke Vettel; brother, Dr. Raymond Kassis (Becky) of Charleston, SC; two sisters, Yvonne Shahid, and Renee Kadlecik (Paul) both of Charleston, SC. Fred was preceded in death by his sister, Rose Haddad (Jim) and his brother, Najib John Kassis (Nouha).Memorials may be made to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1695 Raoul Wallenberg Blvd., Charleston, SC 29407 and/or Bishop England High School, 363 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island, SC 29492.

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