Fred C. Kurtz

March 25, 1942December 23, 2020

Fred C. Kurtz, 78, of East Hartford, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, December 23, 2020. Born in Westerly, RI on March 25, 1942, he was the son of the late William S. Kurtz and the late Joseph J. and Mary (Aresco) Gaipa. Fred served proudly as a member of the Military Police in the U.S. Army from 1962-1965. He then successfully earned his Associates Degree in Business Administration from Manchester Community College in ’69, afterwards furthering his education at Central Connecticut State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Administrative Science in ’74. During this time, he also worked for Pratt & Whitney as a technical analyst from 1965-1989 and then for the State of CT Department of Corrections as a Special Deputy Sheriff from 1989-2003. Fred was a member of St. Rose Church, a member of Vol. Hose Company No 3 for over 50 years, and a member of the Golf Club for over 30 years, all of which reside in East Hartford. In addition to golf, he enjoyed reading the newspaper every day and cheering for the New York Giants and the UConn sports teams.

Fred will be forever missed by his two children, Dennis C. Kurtz of Boca Raton, FL and Dana M. Bean and husband David of Watchung, NJ; two grandchildren, Sullivan R. Bean and Erin P. Bean; his brother, William S. Kurtz and wife Marjorie of Canton and his sister, Vanessa Behan of St. Clair Shore, MI. He is also survived by his two nieces, Capri Kurtz and Heather LePitre, along with their husbands Timothy Kendzia and Marc LePitre; his five nephews, David Flanders, John Flanders and wife Sheralyn, William F. Kurtz and wife Stacy, Michael Kurtz, and Paul LeVine; four great-nieces, Bella Flanders, Jordan Kurtz and Raia and Nicoya Kendzia and four great-nephews, Ryan, Zackary, Cameron and Davey Flanders, as well as his goddaughter Amy Ciarcia, his dearest friends of the Vol. Hose Company No 3, and lifelong friend, Denny Tillotson.

Due to the current health crisis, burial with military honors in Silver Lane Cemetery, East Hartford will be held at a later date. Please be on the lookout for updated funeral information. Donations in Fred’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Ctr., Rocky Hill, CT 06067. The D’Esopo-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford has been entrusted with arrangements. To share a memory of Fred with his family, please visit


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Vanessa Behan

January 1, 2021

Mu dearest brother and loved uncle, You will be so missed. I remember how you tried to protect me from our brother Bill when he was our baby sitter:-} He was our authority figure during our youth. Mom had to work so many jobs an Billy had the responsibility of keeping us in line. Your humor was in comparable to anyone I knew. You would walk into a room and we would start giggling. Paul thought that you were the kindest and most generous person alive. Rest now, my precious brother, until we meet again.. We love you with all our hearts, Vanessa and Paul

Ron Swanson

December 31, 2020

Dear Bill, Dennis and Dana,
My sincerest condolences to all of you. I have many fond memories of Fred over the years, and we shared so many good times together that were filled with fun and laughter. Fred lived life to the fullest and everyone who who knew him will always fondly remember his wit, humor and friendship. Rest in peace, Fred.

Terry Hickey

December 31, 2020

Fred was always a great person,quick with a laugh or ready for a game of setback.He will be missed!

Craig Jordan

December 31, 2020

Fred’s smile and laugh were contagious. All that needs to be said is that, over the years, if you were in his company at social events or road trips, you had a great time and laughed all the time. Mayberry Village has lost an icon and so many have lost a great friend.

Janice Macfarlane Bojko

December 31, 2020

If you had ever spent time in the Kurtz household, and I did, you were always entertained. And Fred was often the star of the show. Besides being such a fun loving guy, he was also so charming and sweet. A kind or better friend, you will never find.
Rest in peace Fred; you’ve completed your journey. My sincere condolences to all the family.


December 31, 2020

I'm sorry to hear of Fred's death. We were classmates at St. Anthony School in Hartford, when the Kurtz family lived on Victoria Road in Hartford. Oddly enough, both of us spent the greater part of our lives in East Hartford, yet we never bumped into each other again. It was good to read that he had a fine career and a loving family. He leaves you with many happy memories of a life well lived.

--Paul LaRocca, Class of 1954

Lee Paquette

December 31, 2020

I have fond memories of Fred, especially from our days at St. Rose School. It was always a pleasure to see him. Ditto what Pat DeNino said!

Bruce and Wendy Ryalls

December 30, 2020

Fred-you were the best! You enjoyed life to the fullest and you shared so many of those great times with your friends. I was
happy to be one of those friends! I will miss you buddy-RIP🙏

Mike Batignani

December 30, 2020

My big brother! Fred was family, not only @ the club, or back @ EHHS, or the golf course, or up here annually in Maine. His brother Billy and my brother Larry, who has passed, were best of friends. I got to know Fred then. When I had the Italian store in EH, I delivered orders to his Mom in the Village, she was the best. I have many memories as we all do, and there were many times that Fred and I were shoulder to shoulder. I will miss him terribly his sense of humor, his ability to stir things up, and his loyalty as a friend. Love you Fred may you rest in peace, your little brother Mike

Patti (DiNeno) Rakauskas

December 28, 2020

I am so sorry to hear the passing of Freddy. The first time I met Freddy was in St. Rose - 8th grade. He made everyone in class laugh all the time. The only person that didn’t appreciate his good humor was Sister Gertrude Agatha but that didn’t stop him. (or us from laughing) We stayed friends throughout high school and after that. He was always the life of the party and always had a smile and kind word for everyone. He will be missed by so many friends but not forgotten.
RIP my friend.