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In memoriam: Frederick “Fred” Dupy

Industry News, News | May 24, 2022 | By:

Fred Dupy

Frederick “Fred” Dupy, 69, of Round Rock, Texas, died May 15, 2022, in Austin, Texas, after a courageous, but brief battle with cancer. Dupy was the president of American Party Rental in Austin, Texas. All who knew him share the same sentiment: He had a huge heart and never let an obstacle get in the way of his fervent desire to help those in the rental industry.

“The man I remember is one who loved God, loved his wife and had a passion for the rental industry,” says Bryce Puckett, general manager of rentals, Kirby-Smith Machinery, Fort Worth, Texas. “He encouraged others to succeed, always speaking with you (not to you) in a kind and fatherly way. His enduring passion for helping others in the industry continued on. He brightened up each time he would talk about the opportunity to help out.”

A devoted University of Oklahoma Sooners fan, Dupy established his rental career in Austin with his brother, William “Bill” Dupy. They started in equipment rental with American Rental Service and then added event rental, establishing American Party Rental. Later, they sold off their equipment rental business and focused entirely on the event segment.

From the beginning, Dupy’s generosity and dedication to service shined through. His volunteer efforts started early and continued throughout his life. He served at the local, state and national levels, including:

  • Heart of Texas Rental Association, from 1995-2006, serving as president in 1996-2000 and then again in 2006.
  • The Texas Rental Association, from 1997-2020, serving as president in both 2000 and 2018.
  • ARA Volunteer Recognition Awards Committee, from 2019-2020.
  • Field Services Ad Hoc Committee and chair of Business Development, from 2000-2001.
  • General Tool & Equipment Shared Interest Group, from 2005-2006.
  • ARA Foundation Board of Trustees, from 2018-present, serving as chair in 2020.

Fred’s generous giving spirit and his professional influence on the Rental Industry landscape, remains significant. He served multiple terms as President of the Texas Rental Association, was named TRA Person of the Year in 2013 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the American Rental Association in 2018.

As a faithful member at St. Phillips Methodist Church in Round Rock and active in the Pi Kappa Alpha Alumni Assn, he also loved traveling with his wife, Monica, and enjoyed spending time with his nephews and niece. Fred chose to be generous to those causes that touched his heart – donating to Student Scholarships, his Pike Fraternity and his beloved Oklahoma University. Fred’s softest spot was animals – especially Labrador Retrievers, supporting his love for dogs through his generosity to the Heart of Texas Lab Rescue and Williamson County Animal Shelter.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Dupy family.

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