Frederick Carl Brehm Jr., "Fred", 83, lately of Cumming, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 13, 2014, at The Oaks at Hampton. Fred was born June 3, 1930, in the Bronx, N.Y., and then spent much of his youth on his parents' farm in East Hartford, Conn., where he also
helped out in the family's pharmacy on Prospect Avenue.
After graduating from East Hartford High School in 1948, Fred attended the University of Connecticut and was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi. In 1952 Fred married his childhood sweetheart and love of his life, Barbara Hebb. Fred then took up his post as an officer in the U.S. Air Force
, and together they began their lives as a military couple. Initially stationed in Biloxi, Miss., they soon were transferred to Tachikawa, Japan, before returning stateside in 1956.
Fred then joined the Hazeltine Corporation of Greenlawn, N.Y., until he was transferred in 1966 to Braintree, Mass., as Operations Manager for EASL. In 1975 he returned to New York as Vice President, in which position he was awarded the Navy Meritorious Public Service Citation for his work as Vice Chairman of the National Security Industrial Association's Anti-Submarine Warfare Planning Committee; and also the Weakley Award for his work with the Undersea Warfare Division of the National Defense Industrial Association. Fred also served on the Board of Trustees for the Naval War College Foundation, including as Chairman.
Fred's belief in a life of service made him an active member of every community in which he lived, whether coaching Little League Baseball in Duxbury, Mass.; serving on the Parents' Committee in Locust Valley, N.Y.; participating in the Lions Club in Moultonborough, N.H.; or serving as a deacon or on a building fundraising committee for his church.
He loved music, and he taught himself to play the piano, frequently entertaining at family gatherings with favorites, such as "The Isle of Capri", and many German songs. An enthusiastic walker, Fred enjoyed daily walks of 3-plus miles as long as he was able-sometimes with rousing marches playing on his Walkman-by the ocean in Florida, down to the lake in New Hampshire, or through woods and on quiet roads in New York, where he was often accompanied by his favorite pet, Clem, his daughter Mary's beagle-Corgi mix.
Fred was ever an avid supporter and fan of UConn Athletics, donating to the building of Rentschler Field, and traveling to San Antonio, Texas, in 2004 with his son, Frederick C. Brehm III, also a UConn alumnus, to see the winning of the men's basketball team's second NCAA title. He also enjoyed participating in many sports, such as golfing, or fishing from and waterskiing off of his boat, "Dad's Retreat"-something of a misnomer as he was never alone on the boat!
Perhaps Fred's greatest pleasure was traveling with his beloved wife Barbara, and together they explored many parts of the world. Among their many travel memories were European rivercruising, going on a "safari" in Yellowstone, driving around Japan, celebrating their 25th anniversary at Niagara Falls, attending the Paris Air Show, and enjoying Oktoberfest and witnessing Unification Day in Germany. A favorite destination was Italy, where Fred was particularly inspired by their visit to the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi. He was also very moved by their time in Oberammergau in 2000, seeing the Passion Play.
Fred's love, generosity, and enthusiasm for life were evident in everything he undertook, and he served as an inspiring example to many, including his five children, by whom he is survived: Susan Brehm of Naples, Fla., Barbara Falkenberg of Lafayette, Calif., Mary Mahnke (Jay) of Cumming, Frederick C. Brehm III (Audrey) of Aston, Pa., and Caroline Brehm (David Viehl) of Kailua, Hawaii. Fred is also survived by seven grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Fred was predeceased by his dear wife of 60 years, Barbara, as well as by his beloved brothers Orin Fisher and Harold Brehm, and by his beloved sister, Margaret Abeles.
Memorial services will be held Friday, April 25, at 2 p.m. in the McDonald and Son Funeral Home Chapel in Cumming.