April 17, 1936 – October 10, 2019
Frederick L. Geary, Jr., MD, of Old Lyme, formerly of West Hartford, CT, passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London with his loving family at his side. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Fred was the 2nd Oldest son of the late Frederick Geary Sr. and Catherine (Callahan) Geary. Fred grew up in Springfield, MA, and attended Cathedral High School, where he met the love of his life, Teresa, whom he was married to for over 60 years. He was a graduate of Tufts University and Georgetown University Medical School. Following medical school, he interned at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford and completed his residency at Albany Medical Center and was chief Resident of Medicine at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT. During this period of time, and for the many years that followed, he was a Captain in the Medical Corps USAR. Fred’s 41 year career in medicine included a private practice in Hartford with his brother Bill and membership in the Department of Medicine, the executive committee for St. Francis Hospital, and the Board of Directors of the St. Francis Physician Hospital Organization. Fred was also very active in teaching and training new medical staff at both St. Francis Hospital and the University of Connecticut Health where he received several awards for excellence in teaching. Fred truly loved his family and friends. He made countless memories on the shores of Old Lyme, CT, where you might find him in his garden, teaching his children and grandchildren how to swim, building sand castles, or enjoying lobster cooked on the back deck with those he loved dearly. Growing up, he spent time teaching his family and friends how to sail in Long Island Sound, skiing the slopes of Okemo, growing vegetables in his garden, traveling in Europe, and working on his home where he created an environment to spend time with those he held dear. With those big blue eyes, Fred had an amazing gift for listening and always had a sincere interest in any topic with those he spent time with. Whether it was his wife, children, son & daughter in-laws, grandchildren, brothers, sister-in laws, nieces and nephews, work associates, or friends, he had an amazing ability to make people feel welcome and loved. Fred was blessed with a loving wife and 4 children that he held dear to him throughout his life. He leaves behind four children – John of Old Lyme, CT, Monica (Joe)Steeves of Hingham, MA, Peter (Kristin) of Greenwich, CT, and Christopher(Monica) of Southington, CT. He also leaves his 11 grandchildren: Kelsey, Meghan, Katie, Ryan Steeves, Jack, Kacie, Riley, Lindsay, Averi Geary, Christina, John Geary, 3 brothers – Dr.Thomas (Janice)Geary, Dr. William Geary, Michael (Cindy)Geary. He was predeceased by his two brothers John and Stephen and sister in-laws Ruth and Marcy. Calling hours will be held on Monday, October 14, 2019 from 4 PM until 7 PM at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Ln., Old Lyme, CT 06371. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 11AM in Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme, CT 06371. Burial will follow in Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dr. Geary's memory to the Christ the King Building Fund, 1 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme, CT 06371.
- Calling Hours Monday, October 14, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, October 15, 2019
- Burial Tuesday, October 15, 2019
October 17, 2019
Dear Teresa and family,
It was June 1970, I just graduated from Bay Path College with my A.S./Medical Secretarial Degree. Fred had brought his brother Bill into the practice and needed two new Medical Secretaries and office assistants. Fred hired me. Valerie Cannon (also a Bay Path grad) was hired just before me. What a “foursome “ we made. I believe we were on Farmington Av in a grand old house. I remember opening the office one morning and being “greeted” by a bat in Fred’s office! The practice grew and we moved to the Medical Office Building—Teresa, remember all the decisions that had to be made, it was like a home building project! Headaches & love combined. I found the love of my life, Peter, while I worked with Fred, Bill & Valerie.
For me, Dr. Geary was a great teacher! He instilled in me the love of patient care, listening to patients concerns and cardiology.
A few years later, I enrolled & subsequently graduated from
St. Francis School of Nursing . Getting my R.N. (In my 30’s) was a great joy. I started out in my choice of practice-Open Heart IC and step down unit. Later on, again I choose to practice cardiology as a R.N. Case Manager through the Visiting Nurse Associations. My love for nursing & cardiology comes greatly from Fred’s example and teaching. He made a tremendous difference in my life as I am sure he made in countless others.
God bless you and your family. Thank you for the wonderful family photo album of memories you shared. In sympathy.
Linda (Lipchus) Gillen
Ellen & Harvey Martineau
October 12, 2019
Terry and the Geary Family,
We are saddened to learn of the death of Dr Geary. Since his retirement we have continue to have fond memories and missed having him as our PCP! He cared for us diligently with a smile and compassion.. A life well lived now may he RIP. May the Lord give you the courage and strength for the days ahead.
“May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.”
As a person said "When someone we lose becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.“
Harvey & Ellen Martineau
October 12, 2019
Fifty-two years ago I was one of Fred’s first insulin dependent diabetics. He taught me that I was my own doctor 24/7, he was there to help if I had problems. He did this by insisting that I educate myself about diabetes offering me his extensive library on the subject. Even with living out of state, I became my own doctor with excellent control with doctor visits being discussions about how we improve my health.
Fifty one years ago he was able to stop my smoking. He used baseballs three strikes you’re out for lower extremities blood flow; diabetes, strike one, smoking, strike two. Yes, but I just went back to strike one by quitting!
Fred, thanks for your help,