Danzig, Fred S.
Fred S. Danzig, 95, of Stamford, died peacefully March 4, 2017 at Stamford Hospital after a short illness. Fred was born April 5, 1921 in Springfield, Massachusetts, the eldest child of Louis Danzig and Eva Levin Danzig. The Danzig family moved to New York City in 1930 where Fred attended public schools, played stickball and roller hockey in the streets, learned to ice skate and speed skate, and, most importantly, discovered he had a talent for and love of art. With sketch pad and pencils, clay, stone and wood, Fred set out on a life as an artist. In 1938, after graduating from Theodore Roosevelt High School, Fred matriculated at the School of Art at Cooper Union in Manhattan. Fred was able to complete his school work and received his degree in the spring of 1942, after having volunteered for the U.S. Navy following Pearl Harbor. Fred served in the Navy from May, 1942 until December, 1945, including service as a Pharmacy Mate on the destroyer escort USS Penniwell in the American Theatre of operations. After separating from the service Fred returned to New York, moving to Long Island where he worked with his father and continued his artistic endeavors. In 1958, Fred moved to Stamford, Connecticut and in 1959 began work at the Stamford Post Office, aligning his work schedule so that he could pursue his artwork, the overriding passion of his life. Fred retired from the Post Office in April, 1981 and his retirement continued for over thirty-five wonderful years filled with friends, family, biking and speed skating, and, most importantly, the opportunity to indulge his artistic and creative side.
Fred is survived by his sisters Rose Schwartz, of Monroe Township, New Jersey, and Edith Grossman, of Redwood City, California, his nieces, Jane (Grossman) Smithson and Laraine Schwartz, and nephews Robert Schwartz and Peter Grossman, his dear friends George (Jake) Johns and Nancy Broderick, both of Stamford, and three remarkable people who were his dear friends and neighbors - Michael (Mike) Pettiford, Tamara Potter and Aaron Pettiford, all of Stamford - who, in so many ways, helped Fred remain independent and allowed him to live the life he loved until the end of his days.
At Fred's direction, there will be no services conducted. The family asks that those who wish to make a donation in Fred's memory or honor do so to the organization of their choice. Arrangements under the care of Nutmeg State Cremation Society. To send on-line condolences to the family, please visit www.nutmegcremation.com