Waterford - Frederic Hebard Neely, 96, formerly of Branford, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Bayview Healthcare in Waterford.
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Mr. Neely was born on Feb. 9, 1918, in Wollaston, Mass., the son of Charles and Elizabeth (Baker) Neely. He graduated from Branford High School. He attended Worcester Academy where he was a member of the Glee Club. He went on to Yale University School of Architecture. He was employed at Electric Boat as a structural engineer working on hull design for many years until his retirement in 1980.
Frederic had a lifelong interest in music as a member of Connecticut Opera Theatre in Clinton, a charter member of the Branford High School Band, a member of the Conductors Club, a choir member at many churches, Yankee Male Chorus, Middlesex Band out of Deep River and the A Cappella Cantorum in Deep River.
He studied for over 15 years with Burton Cornwall and Frederick Koehler of Essex. He was a 32nd degree master Mason in the Brainard Lodge #102 in New London. Mr. Neely served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He is survived by his cousins, Kenneth N. Burne (Laura) of Branford, and Kathy Reynolds (Delbert) of North Carolina; and many friends.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Fulton Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Lake Ave., Niantic. A calling hour will be held an hour prior to the service at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Center Cemetery in Branford.
Please visit fultontherouxniantic.com for tributes, directions and more service information.
Donations may be made to Opera Theater of Conn., P.O. Box 733, Clinton, CT 06413.
Published in The Day on Apr. 10, 2014