Saturday, June 11, 2016

Obituary: Frederic R. "Fred" Marks Sr., 70, Almond

Almond - Frederic R. Marks Sr., “Fred”, died peacefully at home on Friday May 10, 2016 with his wife Rose by his side. He had valiantly fought a battle with lung cancer which was diagnosed in 2012.
Born on November 22,1945 in Schenectady, Fred attended Calvin Coolidge Elementary School, East Junior High Middle School and Binghamton North High School, graduating in 1963. He attended Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta (FIGI Fraternity) and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1968. He started his career at NYSEG in Marketing until enrolling in the US Air Force in 1969. Specializing as a Jet Engine Mechanic, Fred served four years and received the rank of E5 Staff Sergeant. Upon his completion of his service, Fred returned to work for NYSEG in Endicott and Binghamton, eventually relocating to East Aurora, Hamburg and Hornell. He was a Divisional Manager for NYSEG during the 1991 snow and ice storm, with over 130 people under his supervision.
This tall, gentle and kind man had a sensitive and caring heart for helping others in his community that led him to volunteer for many organizations. Throughout his 35 year career with NYSEG, Fred was an active member of many civic organizations and held several leadership roles in Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs. As a long time Rotarian, he received two Paul Harris Fellow awards for outstanding service. He also volunteered for Faith in Action and the Bethesda Foundation, where he served as a board member working on the Grant and Planning committees. He subsequently served as the Executive Director of the Bethesda Foundation, a position which he held throughout his illness. In April 2016, Fred received an award from Alfred State College for his ardent support of and leadership in fostering a productive and strong relationship between the college and Bethesda Foundation.
Fred was predeceased by his mother, Janice Rothery and his father, Francis Richard Marks. Fred married Rosemarie (Ruffo) on March 6, 1982. Together they raised three children, Frederic Marks Jr. (Maureen), Melissa Merlino, and Domenica Burns (Jonathan). He is survived by one brother, Charles Roger Marks and his wife Donna and a sister Constance B. Marks. He is the beloved grandfather to Abby Rose, Kira Lee, Micah Sebastian and Karis Isabella. He is also survived by two nephews, Justin Marks (Meridith) and their children Louisa and Henry, and Dr. Lucas Marks (Christina) and their children Liliane and Charlie.
Fred was passionate about old wooden boats, a trait he passed on to his son and daughters. He was an avid antique boat enthusiast and acquired his first Century wood boat in the early 1980’s, which after three years, he rebuilt in his home garage. “Wood Rose” became the winner of numerous awards from various ACBS (Antique and Classic Boat Society) Chapters over the years. Fred was a Director and Past President of the Century Boat Club. He was an active member of ACBS, Wine Country Classic Boats and the Buffalo Chapter (to name a few). Fred served in many volunteer boat show positions and as “Chief Judge” at ACBS shows across the east coast. Always a stickler for detail, Fred’s goal was to restore “Wood Rose” to her original condition for a 1959 Century Resorter. With his vast knowledge of boats, especially his favorite “Century” boats, he was always eager to help anyone looking to restore a wooden boat.
Fred found peace and enjoyment spending time with his family or while in a boat on the water. He traveled extensively on all the Finger Lakes, Lake Erie and for 20 years on Lake Winnipesauke in New Hampshire. Fred was known as “the Peace Maker” for his ability to listen and help others without being judgmental. He will always be remembered as an outstanding citizen and a dedicated and loving husband, father and proud grandfather. He will be sincerely and truly missed.

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The family will be present to receive friends on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo Street in Hornell. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the United Presbyterian Church, 150 Main Street in Hornell with The Rev. Katherine Bauman Griffis officiating. An additional funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 AM at the United Presbyterian Church, 42 Chenango Street, Binghamton, NY at 11 AM. Burial will follow in Vestal Hills Memorial Park, Vestal, New York.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Fred’s memory to Fingerlakes Boating Museum, 8231 Pleasant Valley Road, Hammondsport, New York 14840 or to