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86, died peacefully on February 4, 2017 surrounded by family and friends. He was the husband of Bernice Belth, father of Gordon Gray, Alexandra Pruner, Samantha Garbers, father-in-law of Connie Gray, David Pruner and Scott Adams, grandfather of Alex, Christopher and Angela Gray, Dagney and Collier Pruner, Will and John Adams, brother of Jackie Snyder. A native New Yorker who left South Ozone Park for Cooper Union and the cultural fervor of Manhattan in the 1950s, Fred was also an honorary citizen of Wellfleet and Venice, places in which he found inspiration for his paintings and collages, works he described as "a kind of abstract surrealism." He had a contagious lust for life and brought joy to all who knew him. Driven by the depth of his feelings for the people he loved, an unyielding commitment to his art, and his enthusiasm for all things Italian, Fred was fun to be with whether he was explaining the power of a Bellini altarpiece or expressing outrage about people who voted against their self-interest by rejecting progressive policies. His incredulity was part of his charm and testimony to his great humanity. In this troubled world, his death leaves an indelible void. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations can be made in his name to the ACLU or Planned Parenthood.

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Published in New York Times on Feb. 10, 2017.
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February 4, 2021
So grateful I have some of his paintings.
Lee Bellaver
February 4, 2021
Four years have passed and your memory remains vivid as your art, your animations, your laughter. You remain in our hearts, Fred.
February 17, 2017
I just heard about Fred's passing. All my love to you Bernice. My memory of Fred when I still lived in NY was wonderful conversations with him .... him always very present in relationship to me and always enjoyed my time with him. I also loved his painting and his wonderful sensitivity to light, Much love to you Fred!!
David Rosen
February 13, 2017
We feel so fortunate to have had a chance to know Fred and to spend time with him in New York. Our thoughts are with all of you. Love. Tom, Madelaine, Leonie and Bee.
Tom and Madelaine Baker
February 11, 2017
My deepest condolenences For someone whom I met only briefly, he came to mind often - a testament to his personality and to how much he will be missed.
Tony Barkan
February 11, 2017
Such great memories
Lee Bellaver
February 11, 2017
May happy memories and his great art help you through this difficult time. Sending a hug to Sam.
Ellen Rautenberg
Ellen Rautenberg
February 11, 2017
Briefly met but long remembered
Maggie Hutchings
February 10, 2017
I offer my condolences to Sam and family-may you have peace and comfort for all!
Denise and Zhané Bady
February 10, 2017
vincenzo tomaselli
February 10, 2017
Fred will always be in our hearts.
Ozzie Alfonso
February 10, 2017
Aah, what a loss of a good man, a great artist and human being...
Patricia Walter Fernandez
February 10, 2017
He left his legacy of passion and joy. We are all enriched by Fred.
Nacy and Carl Stein
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