Frederick John Kingsbury IV
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Guilford - Frederick John Kingsbury, loving husband of Elizabeth "Betty" Kingsbury, died unexpectedly on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011.

He was born on May 20, 1927, in Fredericksburg, Va., the son of the late Frederick John Kingsbury Jr. and Julia (McKinney) Kingsbury.

He is survived by his adoring children, daughter, Libby Kingsbury, son, John Kingsbury and his daughter-in-law, Kitty Kingsbury, of Guilford, as well as his two beloved granddaughters, Holly and Lydia Kingsbury of Denver, Colo. He leaves a brother, Lawrence Kingsbury of Chatham, Mass., a dear sister-in-law, Kasha Kingsbury of Guilford and their daughters, Jennifer Bogosian and Suzanne Kingsbury. He also leaves a cherished nephew and niece, Thomas Crocker and Kim McVay.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Julie Crocker of Guilford and Patricia Whiffen of Clinton.

He grew up in Hamden and spent his summers in Sachem's Head with his family until making it his home in 1952. He graduated from Exeter Academy and went on to Yale University, ultimately graduating with a doctorate in electrical engineering. During his time at Yale, he rowed for the 1948 U.S. Olympic Team in London, England, as part of a four-man crew and brought home a bronze medal. He accepted a position at the Naval Underwater Sound Laboratory, which later became the Naval Underwater Systems Center, in New London after graduation and remained there, happy in his work, until his retirement at age 65, as the department head of sonar technology.

He served tirelessly on both the Planning and Zoning Commission of Guilford and the Planning and Zoning Committee of the Sachem's Head Association. He was an expert sailor and loved being on the water with family and friends. John and Betty, married almost 60 years, loved being with their family, and vacationing in Maine and Florida. He was loved and respected for his sense of humor, gentle manner, and integrity. His family gives special thanks to his and Betty's devoted caregivers, Frances, Carmen, Alfhild, Pat, Chris, Nancy, Shirley, and Terri.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St., Guilford. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, at First Congregational Church, 122 Broad St., Guilford.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory may be made to the Guilford Land Conservation Trust, PO Box 200, Guilford CT 06437.

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Published in The Day on Oct. 12, 2011.