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MOSS, HON. FREDERICK S., RET. Frederick S. Moss, retired Probate Court Judge for the District of Woodbridge, CT, died on August 21, 2013 in Boca Raton, Florida, at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife and "very best friend," Gloria, of Boca Raton, Florida, his daughter, Elizabeth R. Driebeek (James) and his grandsons, Julian and Kyle Driebeek, all of Hamden, CT; by step-daughter Carole Cottrell and grandchildren Page and David Cottrell; by step-daughter Vivian Williams (Gareth) and by grandchildren Ally, Clare and Evan Williams, all of Aspen, CO; by nephews Michael B. Moss of Weston, CT, Richard D. Moss of Woodbridge, CT, and Gary J. Moss of New Haven, CT; by his nieces Deborah A. Blechman of Potomac, MD, and Laurie Frottier of Wellfleet, MA. He was predeceased by his sons, Gregory T. Moss and David A. Moss; by his parents, Anna and Herman Moss; and by his brothers, Benedict S. Moss and Martin L. Moss. Judge Moss, a veteran of World War II, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1950 and from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1953. His distinguished active legal career encompassed an interval of forty two years. For many years, he was associated in the practice of law with his brother, the late Attorney Benedict S. Moss, and then in his own law firm. He was the first Judge of Probate for the District of Woodbridge, CT, and served in that capacity for two terms. Age restraints precluded a third term. Judge Moss and his wife, Gloria, moved from Woodbridge, CT, to Boca Raton, Florida in 1995, where he practiced part-time as a certified Florida Circuit Court Mediator and as a Licensed Florida Arbitrator until his demise. Judge Moss's daughter, Elizabeth Driebeek, remarked that "my father was the consummate "great" father, grandfather and a most loving and devoted husband. He was extremely compassionate, generous, conscientious, most honorable, a very good listener and had a sense of humor that could enthrall listeners for hours." Judge Moss's daughter added that "my father, over the course of his life, served in so many positions of prominence so that it is difficult to select which ones to list. He was a very dedicated man, very well organized and extremely generous with his time and commitment when he believed in an organization or a cause. He chose his extra-curricular activities very deliberately and seemingly by categories." For the Town of Woodbridge, he served as the Chairman of the Board of Education, as Town Counsel, and several terms as town meeting moderator and on numerous committees. As as attorney, he was President of the New Haven County Bar Association and served as a Judge of Probate and chaired many County and Connecticut Bar Association committees, including Chairman of a Connecticut State Bar Association "Client Lawyer Dispute Committee." As for his religion, he served as President of the Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven, on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Center and on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. He also served as President of the Association of Retarded Citizens of Greater New Haven and as President of Toastmasters International of Greater New Haven. Judge Moss had a deep and abiding interest in American history and in particular the eras of the War of Independence, The Civil War and of the early presidents. He was a prodigious reader, attended history conferences and lectures and was generally regarded as a "history buff," especially as to the early history of the United States. He nevertheless regarded himself as "only a student" who "could not start to learn all there is to learn." The family would like to thank some special people who helped Fred through his rough road this summer: the "Captain" of his ship and genuine friend - Dr. Michael Lewis, second daughter, Ilene Reynolds, and his aides who stood by his side 12 hours a day, Maureen, Kimberly and Pauline. The funeral service will take place on Sunday, August 25, 2013, 1:00pm at Congregation B'nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Road, Woodbridge, CT, with interment following at the Congregation B'nai Jacob Cemetery, Jewel Street, New Haven. We encourage you to bring some of your stories to share at the reception following interment. A memorial service in Florida will take place later this year. Memorial contributions may be sent to the "Martin L. Moss Memorial Fund" at B'nai Jacob Congregation, 75 Rimmon Rd., Woodbridge, CT 06525. In addition, the family welcomes memorable anecdotes and stories you have to share about Fred to be compiled for his family to cherish and preserve. Please send your stories to Moss Memories, 319 Peck St., Box I-5, New Haven, CT 06513. The Robert E. Shure Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.shurefuneralhome.com

Published in New Haven Register on Aug. 23, 2013
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