WHATELY - Fred W. Bardwell, 87, died at home on Monday (2-11-13).
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A lifelong Whately resident, Fred was born on July 24, 1925 to Fred B. and Gertrude E. (Smith) Bardwell, and lived his entire life in the family home on Haydenville Road.
After graduation from Smith Vocational School, he spent his life as an interior decorator, specializing in wallpaper application.
He married the former Adelia Allis in Whately on April 5, 1963.
Fred was a member of the First Congregational Church of Whately, previously serving on the parish committee, clerk of the church, and as a deacon. He was a Selectman for the town of Whately, serving on the planning board, cemetery commission and Bicentennial Committee. Fred was a member of the Whately Grange, serving on the local, Pomona and state level, as well as a member of the national Grange, a former Rotarian, and a member of the Franklin County Harvest Club, the Whately Historical Society and the Franklin County Selectmen's Association.
He enjoyed antiques, collecting bells and writing.
Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 50 years; two sons and their spouses: Keith (Wendy) of Whately and Robert (James) of Hampden, and four grandchildren: Allison, Joseph, Isaiah and Benjamin. He also leaves his twin brother, Fay (Betty); his sisters-in-law, Anne Daniels and Virginia Allis, all of Whately; sister-in-law, Frances Meunier of Dexter, ME, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Kenneth and Gordon.
Funeral services for Fred will be on Saturday (2-16-13) at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Whately, with the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Crosson-Harrington officiating. Burial will be in the spring in West Whately Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held on Friday (2-15-13) from 5 to 8 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 14 High Street, Greenfield, with a Grange service at 7:30.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Congregational Church of Whately, c/o Virginia Allis, P.O. Box 2, Whately, MA 01093.
Published in The Recorder on Feb. 13, 2013