Fred was also an avid model railroad hobbyist and was a fairly competent craftsman kit and scratch builder, modeling the New York Ontario and Western and Unadilla Valley Railroad. As such, he belonged to several historical groups including the NYO&W Historical, Sidney Historical (life member), Guilford Historical and Unadilla Valley Historical Societies.
Family genealogy was also one of Fred’s major interests following in his father’s footsteps and through original research found and documented his great-great-great-grandfather, Caleb Stevens of Ball’s Town (Ballston) of the late 1700s. Direct ancestry traced back to Gov. William Bradford of the Mayflower.
In late 2002, Fred decided he was fed up with the cold upstate New York winters which greatly aggravated his arthritis and war injuries, became a full-time RVer and settled in the SW Arizona desert during winter months, traveled during summer months. As a traveler throughout his life, he visited all 50 states and 11 Canadian Provinces.
Fred will have an immediate burial in his ancestral burial grounds in Maplewood Cemetery in Mount Upton.
A memorial service will be held at noon Oct. 19, 2013, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 River St., Sidney, NY 13838
He requests no flowers nor other transient memorials, that all dedication funds in his memory be donated to Otschodela Council, BSA, P.O. Box 1356, Oneonta, NY 13850. Alternatively, memorial funds may be donated to the Chenango Valley Amateur Radio Association, c/o N2CHD, 52 Canal St, Oxford, NY 13830.
Condolences and memories may be shared online at www.landersfh.com.
In final tribute to Fred, he reminds everyone of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Requiem” which seems to fit Fred’s life: “This be the verse you grave for me: Here he lies where he longed to be, Home is the sailor, home from sea, And the hunter home from the hill.”