Frederick T. "Fred" Flagg (1942 - 2013)

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Frederick 'Fred' T. Flagg, husband of Martha 'Martie' A. Flagg, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away quietly on Saturday, March 23, 2013, from cancer.

Fred was born to William and Anna (Gadomski) Flagg of New Bedford, Mass., on Oct. 17, 1942. As a child, he enjoyed being spoiled by his grandmother, sailing hobby boats, and hiking as an Eagle Scout.

After being diagnosed with cancer, Fred said he was lucky to have had the life he had. He'd done everything he dreamed of and more. He married a beautiful woman and had a job he loved. After the Navy, he began working at Control Data in the developing field of supercomputers in the late 60s. Later, Fred accepted a position with Cray Research. The last years of his career were spent working for a local company, HX5.

His career gave his family opportunities to experience life in many places in the U.S. and abroad. Some of his highlights were climbing Mt. Fuji in Japan; hang gliding in Brazil; and their tours in Scotland. His favorite state was Alaska where he enjoyed fishing, camping, and white water rafting while he worked and resided in Fairbanks, Alaska. He had many a good story to tell about his camping trip to the Arctic Circle. He had many memories to share and was always thankful for the career that had enriched his life.

Throughout his life, Fred enjoyed the beach, working on cars, going to drag races and car shows, bicycling, and time with his family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Martha Ann Flagg; his children, Cheryl Flagg, Adam Flagg, and Holly Crosby and husband, Von Crosby; grandchildren, Joshua Flagg, Cassondra Reynolds and husband, Scott Reynolds, and Lauren Crosby; and great-grandchildren, Amyas Worthen and Amelia Worthen. He also mentored a child for 19 years, Jonathan Carney, and loved him as a member of his family.

Fred was a quiet man with a sense of humor and was without pretention. He had almost three years of life after his diagnosis to prepare for his finality. His friends and family knew he loved them before he was gone. Fred said he lived a charmed life on borrowed time and wished others could have the same opportunities he'd had. He requested not to have formalities afterward. In lieu of flowers, he requested donations be sent in his memory to: Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center, Inc., P. O. Box 1237, Niceville, FL 32588-1237,

Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Mar. 31, 2013
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