Fredric Derwood Tew

April 14, 1941February 19, 2013

TEW, Fredric D. “Fritz,” 71, of Quinebaug, CT, Tuesday, February 19, at Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge, MA. Born on April 14, 1941 in Camden, NJ, he was the son of the late Robert D. Tew and Cornelia L. (More), the loving brother of Carolyn and her husband John Crimmins of The Villages, FL, dear uncle of 2 nieces and their families, Elise and Tom DeGemmis of Lansdale, PA and Deanna Clarance and Tom LeBlanc of Sudbury, MA. He is also survived by 5 great nieces and nephews, 10 cousins, including Dick Swackhammer “Swack” and his wife Karen of Cranford, NJ and two special individuals who were like sons to him, James P. Marvel III and his family of Oklahoma City, OK and Bruce Gerry, Jr. of Auburn, ME. Fritz grew up in Haddonfield, NJ, graduated from Haddonfield High School in 1959, attended Moravian College in PA and served in the US Army and Reserves. He was a self employed Building and Renovations Contractor. Prior to his retirement, he was the Owner and General Manager of Birchwood Cottages, East Winthrop, ME. He attended various sport, home shows and fairs throughout New England for his other entrepreneurial ventures. Throughout his life he lived, loved and enjoyed the water, particularly McCaskill Island, Newboro Lake, Ontario, Cobbosseecontee Lake, Maine and Long Beach Island, NJ. Fred was well known for his love of German Shepherds. He was forever with a loyal companion by his side. At the time of his passing, “Maybe” and “Skittles” were his loyal buddies. Fred was a natural teacher and problem solver. He had a love of understanding how to do things, and then passed that knowledge along to everyone around him. Quote from a friend: “There are some people with such a presence in life, that they leave an echo after they depart.” Burial and Memorial Services will be private. He will be laid to rest in his favorite spot next to Bernie and Bea. Memorial Donations in his honor may be made to: German Shepherd Rescue of New England, Inc., P.O. Box 299, Wayland, MA 01778 or Arrangements are under the direction of the Duckett Funeral Home of J.S Waterman & Sons, Sudbury, MA. For additional information and to leave condolences, please visit the funeral home’s website. Duckett-J.S. Waterman & Sons,, Sudbury, MA 978-443-5777.


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March 1, 2013

What a great guy - so many fantastic memories with Fritz. He will certainly be missed but will remain forever in our hearts.

Tracy Swackhamer (Westfield NJ)

Tim Kent

February 25, 2013

Tew family and friends: Fritz was one of the most interesting people I have known. A honorary Canadian, he loved boating, animals and friends. Always outgoing, he was a helpful and considerate person. He will be missed. His final resting place, overlooking Newboro lake and his island home, will be with his dear departed friends: Bea & Bernie Kent.

February 24, 2013

I have many beautiful memories of Fred and Birchwood Cottages. I worked for at Birchwood when I was young, I will always cherish the times I had there. Community dinners with all of the cottage guests, fishing, and the blisters on my hands from holding on tight when Fred took my boyfriend and I for rides in his Baja boat. You will be missed and I will always be grateful for the job opportunity and a place to spend time when life at home was not so great. ~ Laura Kimberling-Urbaitis

Judy Ross

February 24, 2013

Carolyn, John and Family

Al and I were so sorry to hear about Fritz. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time and if there is anything we can do, please don't hesitate to call.
Love, Al and Judy

Olivia Craugh

February 23, 2013

Dear Carolyn, John and Family
Peter and I are so sorry to hear of Fritz's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Ande and Peter