Frederick Wearne

June 15, 2012       

WATERTOWN, N.Y.  —  Frederick Wearne, 89, of Route 12, passed away Thursday, June 14, at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

A funeral mass will be said 10 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Richard Kennedy officiating. Entombment will follow in the Glenwood Mausoleum. Calling hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 22, at Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, 632 State St., Watertown.

Born Dec. 21, 1922, in Watertown, one of 11 children to Samuel and Myrtle Sullivan Wearne, he was educated in Watertown schools. 

Mr. Wearne went to work at the New York Air Brake following his schooling. He left the Air Brake to serve with the Army during World War II, in the Northern France, Normandy and Rhineland Theatres, from January 1943 to November 1945.

Following his honorable discharge he returned to Watertown, going back to work at the New York Air Brake Company as a moulder, retiring in 1985 after 45 years of service.

Frederick married Carmen Pelletier on Oct. 18, 1947. Mrs. Wearne died Feb. 16, 2011.

Mr. Wearne was a communicant of Holy Family and Sacred Heart Church’s, the Elks, Knights of Columbus, the VFW and the American Legion. 

He was a former member of the Town of Watertown VFD and the Town Historical Society. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, cross country skiing. 

He was an avid reader and history buff. Fred enjoyed conversation with everyone he met.

Surviving are two sons, Michael and Patrick, both of Watertown; two daughters, Chantel Davis, Schenectady, and Denise (David) Johannessen, Watertown; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Carolyn (John) Aberle, Wa.; any nieces and nephews. 

Five brothers, William, George, James, Samuel, Richard and an infant, and three sisters, Helen, Marion, and Betty Jane, all died before him.

Contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Foundation, 668 Thompson St., Watertown, NY 13601.

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Information provided by Reed & Benoit Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.