Fred Knittle, 83, died Thursday, January 1, 2009 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, MA.
Fred was born and raised in Utica, New York, attended Utica College, and is a Veteran of World War II. In 1949, he met, Barbara Essel, and they married in 1951. After working for the YMCA in New York and Chicago, Fred became Director of Development for the Clarke School for the Deaf. He was with the school for nearly thirty years, raising over 22 million dollars during that time. He retired in 1987. After Fred retired, he joined the Young@Heart Chorus, and he spent most of the time in retirement singing with the group.
Fred is missed terribly by his wife of 57 years, Barbara, and their four children, including Bob Knittle of Worcester, his wife Mary (Herlihy), and their four children: Sean, Megan, Brian and Michael.
In lieu of flowers, it is Fred's wish that donations be made to one of three worthy organizations: The Young@Heart Chorus, The Clarke School for the Deaf and VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson. Calling hours will be from 3-7 p.m., Friday, January 9, at the Ahearn Funeral Home, 783 Bridge Rd., Northampton. A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held at St. Joseph's Church in Hatfield at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 10.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette on Jan. 3, 2009.