Frederick L. Oakes

January 6, 1936 ~ May 24, 2019 (age 83)


Frederick L. Oakes, 83, of Madison Circle died Friday (5-24-19) at home. He was born in
Boston January 6, 1936 the son of Frederick B. and Elinor (Fulton) Oakes.
He attended Riverside Elementary School, Turners Falls High School and went on to attend UMASS.
Fred had a "Green Thumb". He had worked for Yetter the Florist for 47 years. He loved plants and gardening. He was an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed golf. Fred loved to walk in the woods with his wife Sam and his beloved dog Jack. Most of all Fred was passionate about reading and poetry. He wrote many poems over the years and had his first book of poetry published, just recently, at the age of 83.
He leaves his wife of almost 50 years, Maribeth "Sam" Oakes; his children, Jonathan Oakes of Anchorage, AK, Sue Herzig and her husband Tim of Bernardston, Mimi Oakes of Putney, VT, and Allie DeRusha and her husband Ed of Brattleboro, VT; his grandson Tom Herzig of Greenfield; and his brother Robert Oakes and his wife Judy of Gill. Fred also leaves many nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Jack who was his faithful companion. Fred waspredeceased by his first wife Jeanette (Paul) Oakes in 1969. She was the mother of Jon, Sue and Mimi.
He will be missed.
Services will private and at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions in Fred's name may be directed to The Greenfield Library in memory of Fred's passion for learning and books. He always said" If you can read, you can learn to do anything".
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