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The Telegram
  • Fredrick C. Bond

  • Fredrick Charles Bond, age 78, of Sarafin Road, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, January 13, 2013, in his home. He had the comfort of his loving family at his side.

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  • Fredrick Charles Bond, age 78, of Sarafin Road, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, January 13, 2013, in his home. He had the comfort of his loving family at his side.
    He was born on January 31, 1934, in Lodi, son of the late Miles J. and Muriel Brown Bond. A lifelong area resident, he was educated in New Hartford and Mohawk Central Schools. On September 11, 1958, he entered the US Army and was stationed at Fort Lee, Virginia. During that time, he received an Associate's degree in Vocational-Agriculture. He was honorably discharged on September 9, 1960, attaining the rank of Specialist First Class.
    On April 20, 1959, he was united in marriage with the former Marguerite F. Pratt in Lakeview, CT. They have made their home in Mohawk for the past forty-six years.
    Mr. Bond was first employed by the Library Bureau in Herkimer and later was a deliveryman for Herkimer Petroleum Products. In 1981, he started his own automobile repair shop in Mohawk called Fred's Garage. He operated this business successfully for fifteen years until his retirement in 1995.
    Fred had a strong love for the out of doors; in his leisure time, he enjoyed hunting and would sometimes help neighboring farmers keep those pesky woodchucks at bay. Mr. Bond will always be remembered as a down to earth man with a good sense of humor. Any conversation with him was usually straight and to the point, but you always felt a warmth and friendship whenever you were with him. He will be truly missed by his many friends and family, especially his cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    Surviving him are his devoted wife of fifty-four years, Marguerite; one son, Fredrick Bond and wife, Kathy, of Yorktown Heights; three daughters and their husbands, Tracey and Calvin McNair, of Ilion, Donna and Robert Soper, of Park City, KY, and Denise and Jay Schuurman, of Paines Hollow; one brother, Tracy Bond and his wife, Sally, of Denver, NC; two sisters, Beverly Billings and her companion, John, of Dolgeville, and Barbara Billings and her husband, Ted, of Little Falls; a half-brother, Denton Bennet and wife, Debbie, of Indian Trail, NC; four half-sisters, Sheila Bennet, of Ilion, Carol Lee Harris, Cyndi Bond and Sandi Smith; two sisters-in-law, Linda Pratt, of Mohawk, and Myrta and her husband, Douglas Sweet, of Herkimer; two special sons-in-law, Mike LaVenture, of Chadwicks, and Fred Williams, of Palentine; nine grandchildren, Julie, Eisele and Adrienne Williams, Michelle and Christine Bond, and Jacob, Noah, Aaron and Rebekah Schuurman; three great-grandchildren, Eja, Dion and Lela; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Casandra Williams, and two half-brothers, James Bennet and John Bond.
    A memorial service for Mr. Bond will be held in the Richfield Springs Bible Church, followed by a committal in Mohawk Cemetery, at a future time to be announced.
    Page 2 of 2 - Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to Hospice and Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413 or the American Disabled Veterans. Envelopes are available at J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, Richfield Springs or Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., Herkimer.
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