AVRIL - Fred Paul, passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at the age of 78 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Merna, his daughter and son-in-law Nicole and Dan, his son and daughter-in-law Andrew and Jennifer, and three grandchildren William, Miel, and Hugo. His intelligence, creativity, humor, passion, and love of life will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Fred was born in 1943 in Brooklyn, NY, to Fredrick and Victoria Avril, and grew up in Valley Stream with his brother George (deceased) He attended Valley Stream Central High School where he was both a star student and athlete. Fred earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now NYI.j) and went to work for Grumman. His team was tasked with designing and testing NASA's Lunar Landing Module which landed on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Fred then worked on Grumman's F-14 Tomcat fighter jet for the Navy. After Grumman, Fred joined the Long Island Lighting Company (now National Grid USA), where he designed, developed, and implemented one of the nation's first conservation and load management programs - projects and concepts that are now common among almost all energy utilities. He retired as Division Manager of Economic Development in 2008, a role he loved because it allowed him to work with businesses large and small across the entirety of Long Island. In this capacity, he served on the Executive Committee of the Eastern Long Island Executives for 10 years. Fred was always passionate about sports. He coached his children's soccer teams, and seldom missed their high school track meets or tennis matches. He w as an excellent bowler and an avid golfer who took great pride in organizing and volunteering at dozens of PGA Tournaments and considered being a walking scorer the "hest job in all of golf short of being good enough to play.' Fred was also on the organizing committee for the Northville/Commerce Long Island Classic PGA Tour Champions event. Fred's contributions to his community took many forms, extending to the aria and education. He was a fervent supporter of the Art League of Long Island where he served on the Board for many years, including the position of Chairman. He became an avid member at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Stony Brook University and aver the course of 13 years, expanded his engineering education to include everything from art history and classical music to current events and climate change. In his most recent volunteer role, Fred was the President-Elect of LH, having already served as Budget Chairperson. Fred's love of learning also extended to other places and cultures. He and his wife were ardent travelers; in their life together, they visited nearly 50 different countries, and walked on all seven continents. Yet, with the myriad of things Fred loved to do, nothing was more important to him than family and friends, He always made sure to integrate the people he loved into their travels around the country and the world, and kept in touch with people across generations and distance. Fred was buried in a private graveside ceremony at Washington Memorial Park in Mt Sinai, NY. A memorial service for friends and family will be held next month. Donations in Fred's memory can be made to the OLLI at SBU Corn mernorative Fund in Memory of Fred Avril.
Published by Newsday on Oct. 20, 2021.