Frederick Depew

October 28, 1930September 18, 2011

Frederick Depew, age 80, of County Rd. 14, Montour Falls, NY passed away Sunday, September 18, 2011 at Schuyler Hospital.

Fred was born on October 28, 1930 in Montour Falls, the son of Russell and Frances Pelham Depew. He graduated from Odessa-Montour Falls Central School in 1949. He then attended Elmira College and SUNY at Oswego, where he received a degree in Vocational Technical Education.

Fred was a retired 1st Sergeant in the United States Army, serving over 20 years for the Corp. of Engineers. He also served 25 years and retired from the New York State Department of Correctional Services as an Educational Supervisor.

He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America, the BPOE of Watkins #1546, American Legion Post of Watkins Glen, and a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church of Watkins Glen. He loved his family and greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Fred is survived by his wife Rosemary Simiele Depew; brothers, Claude Oliver Depew of Honeoye, Clyde Orville Depew of Prattsburg, and Eugene Nelson of Zephyrhills, Florida; sisters, Ruth Ainah Bennett of Montour Falls and Sarah Mary Copper of Florida; special niece, Krista Green, and many other wonderful nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers Russell Paul, Gail Francis, and Bela Earl (Bill) Depew; and sister, Doris Anna Field. His brother, Ernest Neal Depew, passed away as an infant.

Friends may call at Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 5th Street, Watkins Glen, between 4 and 8pm, Thursday, September 22, 2011. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10am, Friday at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen, with Father Paul Bonacci officiating. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Watkins Glen. A reception will follow at the BPOE Lodge of Watkins #1546.

Contributions in Mr. Depew’s honor may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 2386 County Route 10 - Alpine, NY 14805; the Falck Center, 600 Roe Avenue, Elmira, NY 14905-1629l; or a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements under the direction of Haughey- Wood Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, NY.


  • Visitation Thursday, September 22, 2011
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 23, 2011

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David & Margherita Vandermark

September 25, 2011

Dear Rosemary,
We were so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. You were good friends to my parents, Ben & June Vandermark. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Milton Smith

September 25, 2011

I will always remember the breakfast we had at the diner, when we had our 50th reunion, and dinner at the Seneca Lake in the evening.....Fred was master of ceromony at the reunion, and it was great.....Rosemary, my best wishes go out to you, and prayers....Milt Smith (alias bananas)

September 25, 2011

September 25, 2011

I am sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers. I worked with Fred at Southport CF. He was a good man.
T. Sterling

Bart Besley

September 23, 2011

Rosemary, we are all so lucky to have many good memories of Uncle Fred. I know it will be difficult to get through this, but you have lots of support and many who Love you dearly, please let them help, even if it's just to sit and share memories of Uncle Fred. To Uncle Fred, and as you would say, "See Ya Pal"

Geraldine A. Petty

September 23, 2011

Aunt Rosemary, we just learned about Uncle Freds passing and are thoughts are with you. He was a special person and he will be missed. Jon and Geri

LaVerne Phelps

September 22, 2011

Rosemary sorry to here about Fred.I couldn't make tonight but I want you to know that Fred was always a friend of mind since our early days in the Army Reserves.

Dave &Sharon Ryerson

September 21, 2011

Rosemary, We are so sorry that we aren't there with you. I remember all of the fun times we had. One Sunday we had brunch in an upstairs restaurant on Market Street. We laughed a lot, ate a lot and had lots of fun.

Carol Pelrah

September 21, 2011

Rosemary, I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Fred. I worked with him on the "Hill" for many years. He was such a gentleman and always had a good word for everyone. He will be greatly missed. Keep his memories close and he will remain in your heart forever. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

Patty (Green) Searing

September 21, 2011

You will be missed by all of us. We are so glad we had time to spend with you. Love you,Robert, Pat

Dave Dougherty

September 21, 2011

Rosemary and family,
We are so sorry to learn of Fred's passing. Dave has many good memories of working with Fred "on the hill" and at Southport CF. Fred was the best boss ever. May he rest in peace. He will be missed by many. We have you in our thoughts and prayers.
Jeanne and Dave Dougherty