Frederick W. York

April 10, 1927 ‒ September 21, 2010

Delaware, Ohio

Frederick “Fred” W. York, age 83 of Delaware, passed away early Tuesday morning at Cherith Care Center at Willow Brook in Delaware, Ohio. He was born April 10, 1927 in Farmingdale, Maine to George and Rena Dillingham York.

A World War II Navy veteran, Fred’s vast work experience included ship building laborer, railroad clerk, and mason helper. He obtained a BA degree from the University of Maine at Orono in 1952 with the help of the G.I. Bill. His professional life led him to retire in Farmington Hills, Michigan as a Regional Underwriting Manager for Employers Insurance of Wausau after almost 30 years with the company. His personal life was filled with the love of the outdoors, especially the coast of Maine. Year after year he spent hours on the shoreline scavenging for lobster buoys, sand dollars and starfish with his children and grandchildren. During his summer vacations, he built a cottage in Maine with his wife of nearly 60 years, Frances, and his brother, Ellsworth. He and his wife lovingly shared the cottage with their children, grandchildren, extended family, and many dear friends. He was a member of the Farmington, Michigan First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his son Greg (Regina) York of Delaware, OH; his daughter Linda Cook of South Lyon, MI; 10 grandchildren Joshua and Trisha Cook, Maria, Katie, Gregory, Tina, Tommy, Susie, Bethy, and Johanna York; a very special “niece” Mary Beth Hennet Becker of New York; his brother Ellsworth of Somerville, ME; his three sisters Marvis Minoty of Randolph, ME, Irene Lovejoy of Massachusetts, and Pearl Moody of Gardiner, ME. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Maureen, at age 11, a sister, Muriel White, and his devoted wife, Frances, this past May.

Friends will be received on Thursday from 10:00 AM until service time at 11:00 AM at the Farmington, MI First United Methodist Church, 33112 Grand River Avenue, Farmington, MI 48332. Graveside services with military honors will take place on Saturday at 11:00 AM in Hallowell, Maine. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Farmington First United Methodist Church. Rodman Neeper Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed and memories shared by visiting