Frederick F. Brand: 1922-2017
Fred Brand, 94, made his transition on January 30th to be reunited with his parents, five sisters,four brothers, and beloved wife Margaret. This fine man led a good life, one that overcame many challenges, had its ups and downs, but one that helped him relish the simple joys of life – a good book, a gin and tonic, a win by the NY Giants, and the laughter and close bonds of good friends and a loving family.
Fred was a gifted athlete at Central HS in Paterson, a decorated WWII veteran, an outstanding youth league baseball coach, and a 200+ average bowler as the anchorman on the Lakeview TV bowling team that featured him and his four brothers.
As a husband and a father, he fully embraced all the responsibilities of those roles, but never lost the sense of laughter and mischief that personified his entire life. And as the affectionately-known GPFB (Grandpa Fred Brand) to his son Fred, daughter-in-law Joan, grandsons Dave and Mike, granddaughter-in-law Katie, family members Ed, Mary, Lauren, Gary, and Rachel, surviving nieces, nephews, and cousins, dearest companion Dorothea, good friends Marsha, George, Judee, and their families, Kristen, and all the amazing staff and residents at the Clover Rest Home, he continued to inspire others to live life to the fullest, as he did himself until his last breath.
Fred will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him, but more importantly, he will always be remembered, and his dignity, humor, and caring ways will be celebrated forever.
A memorial service will be held on February 18th, 1-4 PM, at the home of Joan and Fred Brand. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Camp Fatima of New Jersey, P.O. Box 654, Harrison, NJ 07029, or www.campfatimanj.org/donate.php.