FREDERICK JOSEPH GILLESPIE
October 10, 1916 - August 14, 2009
"ONE OF THE GREATEST GENERATION" Tom Brokaw
Fred In Europe During World War II
Fred on left with a buddy at a captured airfield
I was naturally thinking of Fred on Friday morning August 14, 2009 for two reasons. One: Les Paul's passing the day before was still fresh on my mind and I knew Fred was just a year younger than Les and he had his 93rd birthday coming up, Two: I had just come across another news item on the original Tangier Bridge at Smith's Point, Long Island, NY. , that Fred's father Michael had built
It was an E mail that came in very early this morning 8/15/09 about Fred's passing from Marty Van Lith, an old school pal and fellow historian, that has made me think it was far more than those two above reasons why Fred was on my mind yesterday.
Regular readers and "Knappsters" know of the key role Fred played so beautifully over 5 years ago during a telephone interview about life in Tangier, (Early Shirley) in the early 1900's. That call led to unraveling MAJOR KNAPP MYSTERIES that I first posted the story of here
I had the pleasure of visiting Fred at his home in Brookhaven for the first time in August 17, 2004. That visit complete with photos is located here
The last time I saw Fred was the day after the Mastic - Shirley Library Talk I gave, that he came to in November of 2006. I had arranged for him to meet privately with someone very special to me, Susan Cheaney, the daughter of Shirley Murdock Cheaney, whom Fred and his sisters went to school with in the 1920's , Susan had come all the way to Long Island, from a great distance for the Library talk , and to visit the village her mother was born in and left behind in the 1930's. I would of never known of or got to meet Susan, had it not been of Fred telling me "a little story" about "Isle Of Palms Knapp"
"AND OH THE STORIES WE COULD TELL " ... John Sebastion
Susan with her mother Shirley's scrapbooks & Fred At The Brookhaven Fire House (Fred's Second Home) Monday November 20, 2006