Frederick G.'s Story
Frederick G. "Fred" Fearn passed away peacefully at his home in Rockport on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 following a brief illness. Known and loved for his kindness, sunny smile and courtly ways, he will long be missed and remembered for his warm hugs and generosity, and for always putting others ahead of himself.
Fred was born May 14, 1921 in Danbury, Conn. to the late Frederick G. and Florence (Wolverson) Fearn. He attended local schools, graduated from Danbury High School in 1938, and worked for the late John W. Leahy managing the Leahy Centerless Grinding business during the early years of World War II. Called to military service in 1945, he served in Panama as Special Agent in charge of the 470th CIC (Counter Intelligence Corps), an early Cold War intelligence agency within the United States Army. He later transferred to the CIC 606th Air Detachment. In September 1945, while still serving in the army, he married the late C. Louise Austin Cooper of Danbury. The couple resided in Panama until he was discharged from the Army, then returned to their home town.
Fred rejoined the Leahy businesses in 1946, later becoming President and General Manager of City Service Fuels and the Norwalk Oil Company, and Vice President and General Manager of Leahy Propane Gas Services. When John Leahy became owner and President of the Great Danbury State Fair, Fred was appointed the Fair's Vice President and Director. Upon Leahy's death, he became President and General Manager of the Fair positions he held until it closed in 1981. He also served as a trustee of Danbury Hospital and deacon and trustee of Central Christian Church in Danbury, and was a charter member of the John W. Leahy Foundation.
Fred and Louise 'discovered' Cape Ann early in their marriage. Their first weekend visit led to more than 20 annual summer vacations on the back shore in Gloucester with their two sons—Rick and Darrell. They purchased a home in Rockport in 1978 and retired there in 1983, happily settling into their adopted community, enjoying new friendships and hosting frequent visits from family and old friends. Their long, happy marriage ended with Louise's death in 2004.
Fred decided to remain in Rockport, where he enjoyed a loving relationship for the past 11 years with local artist Dorothy Ramsey Stoffa. Their adventures together included travels abroad, daily outings for mocha lattes or dinner at local restaurants, theatre performances, concerts, birthday celebrations and summer picnics with family, and winter evenings with a jigsaw puzzle by the fire.
Fred leaves his two sons; daughter-in-law, Marilyn; grandson, Eric, his wife, Erin and daughter, Brooklyn; grandson Ethan, his wife, Jackie and son, Hudson; grandson Evan; sisters-in-law, Florence Flowers, Carol Gammie and Barbara Smith; seven nieces and nephews; Dorothy Stoffa and her family, Deborah Ramsey and Aaron, Mary and Rachel Douyard; and many friends in Danbury, Rockport and elsewhere.
The Fearn family extends heartfelt thanks to Jane Edwards and the Caring for Caring team—Ellen, Jack, Jackie A., Jackie S., Karen, Kelly, Miriam and Sylvia—and the staff at Cape Ann Medical Center and Care Dimensions for the extraordinary care they provided as Fred's life drew to a close. We are grateful to all for your support and friendship.
A memorial celebration of Fred's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington Street in Gloucester followed by a reception at the Ralph Waldo Emerson Inn, 1 Cathedral Avenue in Rockport. An interment service will be held in Danbury at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rockport Ambulance Services, 37-R Broadway in Rockport, MA 01966; the St. Paul Lutheran Church Music Fund, 1123 Washington Street in Gloucester, Mass. 01930; or the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
Published on November 26, 2016