July 25, 1941 – Sept. 2, 2018
On the afternoon of September 2, 2018, at the age of 77, Freddie passed away peacefully of natural causes in Helena, MT.
Freddie was born in Glasgow, MT on July 25, 1941. He was youngest of nine children born to Benjamin and Delilah Sergent.
After attending school in Glasgow, MT, Freddie joined the Army in August,1958 where was recognized as an Expert-Carbine and also completed his GED.
He reached the rank of Pfc E3 (T).
After leaving the service Freddie enjoyed a rich life full of adventure, including a period of professional gambling in Las Vegas, and many years in the entertainment industry as a Professional Santa Claus. During this period, he traveled to major cities and thrilled young and old alike as he brightened their holiday and listened to their Christmas wish list. After retiring to Helena, he continued to play Santa at many community events, including his last performance at Apple Rehab Cooney 2 weeks prior to his passing.
Wilfred was proceeded in death by his parents Benjamin and Delilah Sergent, his siblings George, Albert, Alfred Sergent, Florence Gore and Ethel Danials.
Wilfred is survived by his siblings Delvin (Betty) Sergent, Myrtle McCleery, Aletha Crampton, and a multitude of nieces and nephews who adored their beloved uncle 'Santa Fred'!
A graveside service with military honors will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 7th in the committal shelter at Montana State Veterans, Fort Harrison. In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Santa Fred are suggested to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Gift Processing Administrator, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Santa Fred.