2016-07-20 / Obituaries

Frederick Dabritz

Frederick Charles Dabritz, formerly of Andes, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the age of 93.

Fred was born on Ellis Island on April 3, 1923. He grew up on Staten Island with his parents, Charles and Francis and his siblings, Charles Jr., June, and Joe. He joined the U.S. Army, became a sergeant and fought in WWII in Europe where he earned the Bronze Star. Upon his discharge he returned to work in the manufacturing sector in New York City. In the mid 1950s Fred and his business partner, Arthur Erickson started Dependable Steel Rule and Die Manufacturing on Staten Island.

Fred met his wife Joan in Staten Island and they married on June 30, l956. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Fred was an enthusiastic fisherman and often enjoyed fly fishing in the tranquil streams of the Catskill Mountains. As a result of the many trips to the Catskills, Fred and his business partner decided to move their business to Margaretville where it would remain for the next 50 years. Fred eventually bought a home in Andes overlooking the Pepacton Reservoir where he would reside with his wife, Joan for over 55 years. Fred was quite an enthusiastic hiker and enjoyed discovering state parks not only in the Catskills but throughout the United States including Hawaii

Fred was involved in many extracurricular activities. He was a committed railroad fan and often traveled to train conventions and was an avid hobbyist of collecting and building trains and trolley cars. Fred enjoyed writing humorous articles and was a fan of the comedian Red Skelton. He never missed a day reading the New York Times while relaxing with a beer after work. He was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader and had a lot of fun with the boys taking them on hikes, adventures, and most of all was a wonderful role model. He was a committed Democrat who was on the Election Board for the Democratic Party for many years. He was deeply involved in education and was a member of the Andes Central School Board of Education for years and also had held a position as president for a term.

Fred believed in a life of education. As a boy he had to quit high school in his senior year to help support his family. After the war he returned to get his GED and then he attended the Pratt Institute where he took classes. In the 1960s and ’70s he took correspondence classes from the University of Wisconsin. In the late 1980s to 1992, he attended night classes at Sullivan County Community College. Fred was the Valedictorian of his class and wrote a speech that he proudly presented on graduation day at age 65 receiving his associate’s degree.

Fred and Joan sold their house and moved to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and lived with their daughter Susan and her daughter Kaili. Fred enjoyed their company and the tropical weather. They moved to Marlton, NJ near their son Fred Jr. after their daughter Susan passed away in September, 2014.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; his son, Fred Jr. and his wife Jeannie, and children Lauren, Carleigh, and Griffin of Cherry Hill, NJ; his daughter, Kate and husband Gerry and children Alison and Adam and great grandchild Gabriel of Newburyport MA and a granddaughter, Kaili of Kailua, Kona, Hawaii. He is also survived by his brother, Joe, his wife Barbara and their children, Julie, Joe Jr. and Chris of Margaretville.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Susan.

Fred, (Pop) was truly a very special, humorous, intellectual, gifted, and compassionate person who will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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