Frederick Joseph DUFEK

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DUFEK - Frederick Joseph, on Nov. 17, 2012 in his 89th year. Beloved, loyal and devoted husband of Marian nee McDowell for 66 years. Loving and wonderful father of Lynda Smith (Ed), Fred (Robin), Robert (Debbie).Proud grandfather of Troy (Laurie) Dufek; Sean (JoAnne) Smith; Jason (Shannon) Dufek; Dana (Bill) Morehouse; Tracy Sinnott, Keeley (Bruce) Baxter, Jamie, (Dima) Razen; Joshua (Heather) Dufek; Hannah, (Jeremy) Khachadourian; Glory and great grandfather of 24. After graduating from East Islip High School and Business college he enlisted into US Army Air Corp becoming a first lieutenant flying B-29's on many missions over Japan. One of the founding members and past commander of the EI 4S American Legion Post #1635. Providing wonderfully for his family he commuted on the LIRR for 50 years to Manhattan to operate his own business, Independent Associated Distributors. As a volunteer, vivid fisherman, boatman, and fireman he founded the East Islip Anglers and devoted 65 years to the East Islip Fire Dept where he was a charter member, district treasurer twice, for a total of 30 years, district secretary for 35 years and served on the board of fire commissioners. He was Honored and made Honorary Ex-Chief. He was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Fred was an avid outdoors man and greatly loved by his family and has shared his life with all of us in one way or another. His final act of generosity was to the University of Rochester Medical Center Anatomical Gift Program. Donations in his memory can be made to Wounded Warriors Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org or the Patriot Flight www.patriotflight.com Memorial Visitation will be Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm at the Albrecht, Bruno & O'Shea Funeral Homes, 62 Carleton Ave., East Islip, NY. www.osheafuneral.com

Published in Newsday on Nov. 27, 2012
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