WARNER – Fred Nelson Creed Jr., of Warner, died at Pleasant View Center in Concord, Monday, February 3, 2014, at age 89.
Born in Beverly Farms, Mass. in 1924 to Fred and Dorothy Creed, he spent most of his youth and young adult life on the ocean. He graduated from Beverly High School and UMass Amherst. He attended Bridgewater State and Salem State College as well as Brown University. As a true New England Renaissance Man, his professional achievements include: bowling pin setter, stoker for the B&M Railroad, tobacco and apple Picker, World War II
ambulance driver (in India), fish monger, yacht delivery Captain, caterer, English teacher, American Red Cross Disaster Relief Agent, American Red Cross Assistant Field Director embedded with the Marines (Da Nang Vietnam), real estate salesman, Wadleigh State Park attendant, sailboat navigator, boat captain for Outward Bound, purveyor of cheese, hawker of spiced cider (AKA sock soup) and doughnuts, Christmas tree grower and seller, maple syrup producer, Assistant Chief of Programs in the Department of Elderly and Adult Services for the State of NH. In addition, Fred held a U.S. Merchant Marine Master's Small Vessel License for 35 years.
As an active community member, he served on the boards of the Kearsarge Visiting Nurses, Kearsarge Regional School District, Kearsarge Elderly Housing, NH Food Bank, National Association of Nutrition and Aging Service Providers, Merrimack County Extension Service Advisory Disaster Committee, Library Trustee, and Chairman of the Pillsbury Free Library in Warner. He was also a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord, where he served on various committees.
In his free time he played bagpipes, baked bread in an outdoor oven, wove baskets, caned chairs, read voraciously, kept bees, was a master gardener, and dominated both the cribbage and scrabble boards.
He will be remembered for his tall tales, biting humor, correcting grammar (both professionally and conversationally), and his ability to love all of humanity, even though he was convinced we were going to hell in a hand basket.
He was predeceased by his parents; and his three brothers, William, Edward, and Laurence Creed.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Catherine; their daughter, Fiona Creed Chevalier and her husband, Jeffrey; as well as many nieces and nephews and countless friends
A memorial will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. at the Warner Town Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to Main Street Inc. of Warner, the Disaster Service of the Red Cross, or the Liberty House of Manchester.