Frederick Apgar "Fred" BOOS

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BOOS, Frederick Apgar "Fred"

80, of Temple Terrace, FL, and Lavallette, NJ entered into eternal rest Friday, September 7, 2018. He was born July 5, 1938, in New Jersey, the son of Helen Elizabeth Apgar Boos and Frederick Augustus Boos. He spent his childhood in Irvington, NJ before moving to the shores of Lavallette, NJ in 1956. He graduated from Irvington High School and Rider College, Trenton, NJ. Fred went on to meet his beloved wife, Constance Huntington Platt, and they married December 29, 1962, for 56 amazing years.

They were blessed with two wonderful children Scott Frederick and Natalie Gayle.

Fred spent his early years as a Lavallette ocean lifeguard and earned the well-deserved nickname of "Moose." He was a master mason and went on to earn a 32nd Degree Masons, to ultimately become an Egypt Temple Shriner.

Fred sat as a board member for the Lavallette Board of Education and Board of Adjustments, and for the Sandcastle Condominium. He was the past president as well as the director of the Useppa Island Club Fire & Rescue Department. Fred coached Temple Terrace Little League baseball. He was a member of the Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church, Union Church of Lavallette, Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club, and The Waterjet Technology Association. Fred and Connie were Hospice 2011 honorary chairs of the Island Night annual fundraiser and continue their philanthropic support.

Fred was employed from 1960-1971 with Allen-Sherman-Hoff Company as a startup engineer for materials handling systems in coal and oil burning power plants throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe. He concurrently owned and operated Electro-Controls, Inc. that later sold to General Electric. Fred was then employed by Stone and Webster Engineering Company of Boston, MA as a startup engineer at many power plants here in the United States then later transferred to Tampa Electric Big Bend Station, Apollo Beach, FL.

In 1975, Fred founded Blasters, Inc. He later owned Lift-All, Inc. and Blasters Ready Jet. Fred was a pioneer and global leader in the water jetting industry. He developed and patented specialty robotics and motion control devices for surface preparation and concrete hydro-demolition.

His historical projects included the Howard Frankland Bridge rehab, NASA space shuttle rehab, several 250 feet to 1,000 feet tall Naval towers lead paint abatement project, Trident nuclear submarine missile tube replacements, Virginia class submarine fleet coating removal, concrete removal of two 500-foot tall concrete cooling towers, design and manufacturer of the Liquidator stripe removal systems, the patented Ready Jet concrete removal system, and Pipe Viper coating removal on the exterior of natural gas transmission lines. Fred holds multiple patents in numerous countries around the world.

Fred was an avid yachtsman and loved his time on the waters of Barnegat Bay and the Atlantic ocean of the Jersey shore, Florida's East and West coasts, Bahamas, and Key West.

He and his one true love, Connie, enjoyed travels around the world on many exciting trips. Fred adored and enjoyed his children and grandchildren who all share his love of the water.

His zest for life was infectious. His smile, sweetness, laughter, and witt will be dearly missed by all who knew him and loved him.

Fred is predeceased by his parents, Helen and Frederick Boos; his mother and father-in-law, Richard and Eleanor Platt; and his brother-in-law, Jeffrey Platt.

He leaves his loving wife, Connie; his son, Scott and wife, Kris of Tampa; his daughter, Natalie and husband, Doug of Temple Terrace; six grandchildren, Peyton Elliott, Lindsay Boos, Austin Elliott, Audrey Boos, Ellie Boos, and Abigail Elliott; sister-in-law, Julia Platt; nephews, Keith and Brad Platt and their families; and two granddogs, Salty and Wrigley.

A memorial service will take place Monday, September 17, 2 pm, at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church, and followed by a Celebration of Life at Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club. Donations may be made in Fred's memory to LifePath Hospice c/o Circle of Love for Grieving Children, 3010 W. Azeele Street, Tampa, FL 33609; Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church Capital Improvement Fund; or Union Church of Lavallette Memorial Fund.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times from Sept. 12 to Sept. 16, 2018