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FREDERIC BACON-SHONE 1924-2012 Frederic Bacon-Shone, musician, educator, and inspiration to generations of students, passed away peacefully on December 28, 2012, at the age of 88. Born Frederic Bacon Shone in London, England, he was only 14 at the outbreak of WWII. Frederic recalled watching from rooftops as the bombs of the Blitz exploded like fireworks over the city. He served as an Air Raid Precautions Warden during the war's latter years, enforcing the blackout and rescuing neighbors from houses set aflame by German incendiary bombs. Privately educated by a series of tutors and music teachers, Frederic earned a diploma in piano performance from the Guildhall School of Music, followed by an undergraduate degree from the University of London. After the war, he emigrated to Canada (by way of Michigan and New York) and then to the United States, becoming a naturalized American citizen in the 1960s. He earned a Master's Degree from Columbia University and a doctorate from the University of Southern California. His doctoral dissertation proved the formal structures in Frederick Delius's chamber music - until then, little-known and presumed to be largely amorphous. Frederic collaborated with many well-known musicians, including Herbert Blomstedt and Sir David Willcocks, but was best known for over four decades of service as a music educator, mostly in California's Covina Unified School District. He taught choir, orchestra, and band to hundreds of students and directed a series of memorable high school musicals. Following his retirement, "Dr. B" continued to teach as an elementary school substitute in Lake Elsinore, California. Frederic was deeply religious, a lifelong member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, and an organist for Adventist, Methodist, and Presbyterian congregations. Charming and charitable, Frederic supported many arts and environmental organizations: he was a founding member of the San Diego Wild Animal Park, served as House Manager for the Riverside Philharmonic for many years, ushered for several seasons at the Three Choirs Festival in England, and, most recently, volunteered extensively with the Rotary Club, serving as president of a local chapter when well into his 80s. Frederic will be remembered for his musical gifts, his dry British wit, his eternal optimism, and his dedication to young people. Married three times, Frederic is survived by five children (Fred, John, Laura, David, and Heather), six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. In keeping with Frederic's wishes, his body was donated to Loma Linda University for research; there was no funeral. A public musical memorial service will be held March 30 at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Corona, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a charitable fund being established in Frederic's name, which will continue his legacy of music education.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 13, 2013
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