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Frederick T. Letchford

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Frederick Thomas Letchford (Fred), 79 years, died Wednesday 8th March, 2017, peacefully at home in Poinciana, Florida, having courageously battled cancer. Fred was born in Bromley, Kent, UK, to Thomas Frederick Letchford, and Elizabeth Erwin McGrath. He married Verena Cook, in Goole, Yorkshire, UK, February 20, 1960. Fred attended Bromley Grammar School, leaving at the age of 16 to join the British Royal Navy. He served for 18 1/2 years, achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer. After leaving the Navy, he taught mathematics before leaving for a senior management training role, affording him the chance to move to Franklin, Massachusetts in 1982. Of Fred's many interests were the with St. Mary Players, Actors' Collaborative, the Franklin School of Performing Arts and the Franklin Performing Arts Company and he will be remembered for his many performances. In 1990, Fred and Verena purchased The Dickens Shoppe, in Walpole, Massachusetts. In 1997, they proudly became American Citizens. They retired in 2001 to Poinciana. During his retirement, Fred was active in the theatre group at Osceola Theatre of the Arts, and the Solivita Theatre Group, and continued his avid support of his beloved New England Patriots. Fred enjoyed cruising around the world, and loved taking Verena to many of the places where he had served in the Navy. Fred is survived by his beloved wife Verena; their children Sarah, Robert, and Emma; grandchildren Tom, Robert, Georgina, and Joshua; and his sister Margaret. The family would like to extend gratitude to family, friends, and his medical teams for all their support during his illness. In lieu of flowers, feel welcome to donate to Fred's favourite charity: St. Jude Cancer Hospital for Children (www.stjude.org/donate).
Published in The Country Gazette from Mar. 15 to Mar. 24, 2017
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