20 July , 1927 – 30 July , 2019
Frederick W. Farnsworth passed away peacefully this week, surrounded by his family at his home on Grass Island in Guilford, Connecticut.
Fred is survived by his three (3) children, Paul (Kathy) Farnsworth, Nancy Coleman and Susan Farnsworth; his seven (7) grandchildren and his loving nieces and nephews of the Richards and the Fyler families. His beloved wife, the late Grace Fyler Farnsworth, predeceased him in 2010.
Fred was born July 20, 1927, in New Haven, Connecticut, to parents Paul Beecher Farnsworth and Ruth Warner Farnsworth. He was Owner and President of Eastern Elevator Co., Inc., a company founded in 1895 by his Grandfather, the Honorable Frederick Benjamin Farnsworth, the 35th Mayor of New Haven, Connecticut.
Fred was a United States Navy Veteran, having served in the Pacific Ocean Theater of World War II, as a Radarman on the Heavy Cruiser USS Fall River CA131 and the USS Epping Forest.
Because of his distinguished business and civic activities, Fred was honored with the University of Connecticut Outstanding Alumnus Award (1978) and the University of New Haven Distinguished Alumnus Award (1994). He was further honored as a Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Laureate in 1995.
Fred was an avid mariner all his life, with an unwavering devotion to his family, his country and the Elevator Industry.
VISITING HOURS: Swan Funeral Home 825 Boston Post Road Madison, CT 06443 Tuesday, August 13, 2019 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Donations in Fred’s name may be made to a charity of your choice, or:
Strong House Adult Day Center Madison, CT
Faulkner's Light Brigade Guilford, CT
You may communicate with the family at: FredFarnsworthMemorial@gmail.com; or, Text/Call 203-848-0303
- Calling Hours Tuesday, 13 August , 2019
- Memorial Service Tuesday, 13 August , 2019
22 August 2019
Fred was a wonderful guy. I enjoyed bowling with him for many years at the Quinnipiack Club. It was always great to talk with him and join him for dinner at the bowlers' table. When he talked about his business, he sometimes responded that there were a lot of ups and downs. He was a true gentleman and a great friend to his fellow bowlers. Fred was so highly respected, that the "Fred Farnsworth Award" for good sportsmanship was established years ago. Any bowler who was fortunate enough to receive this award was always grateful for the recognition. In his later years, Fred always looked forward to attending the bowling banquet to participate in the awards and distribution of prizes. Fred set a fine example as to how to live our lives and we are all better for having known him. He will be missed.
10 August 2019
Over several years Fred and I worked together on several Town Commissions and projects involving the environment and harbor management. He became a friend and professional colleague. I miss him, as does much of Guilford.
10 August 2019
Dear Sue and Family,
So sorry about Fred's passing. It's hard even when you expect it
Keep the good memories close to your heart. He was a fine man who left you a great legacy. So glad I got to see him before he passed. He and Grace will be forever watching over you