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Frederick J. Squires, Jr.

January 28th, 2017

Frederick J. Squires, Jr., “Fred” age 90, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on January 28, 2017, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Fred was born in Medford, MA on January 3, 1927; he was the dear son of the late Frederick J. Sr. and Selina Squires. Fred was raised and educated in Somerville and a graduate of Somerville Technical Vocational High School.

Following graduation, Fred enlisted in the United States Navy on September 22, 1944 during WWII. Little did Fred know that this would be the beginning of an impressive career with the Navy; he would serve the Country for over 47 years as active duty as well as a Navy reservist. Fred started his career in the Navy as an electrician’s mate aboard the USS Everett F. Larson serving overseas and earning several medals for his honorable service. He was discharged into the Naval reserves in December 1947. Fred was again activated in September of 1950 during the Korean war; he served as an electrician foreman aboard the USS Capricornis and was decorated for serving during the Navy Occupation. Fred was again honorably discharged from active duty on June 12, 1952; returning to reserve duty. Fred was recalled to active duty on October 26, 1961; he was involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis and actively served during the Vietnam War as an electrician’s foreman, a radioman, and was very talented when it came to the aircraft. Fred’s duties were endless he was also very instrumental in training fellow sailors and Naval reconnaissance. Fred was released from active duty in April of 1962 and served the rest of his Naval career in the reserves; he finally retired from the Navy in 1991 as a Chief Petty Officer following a remarkable career.

Fred married the “love of his life” Madeline Dion in 1947; the couple shared many wonderful years together until her passing in June of 2008. Fred and Madeline settled in Wilmington where they raised two great daughters Linda and Karen. Fred enjoyed traveling; some of his favorite trips were to Maine during the summer with his wife and daughters, to Sarasota, Florida, a family trip to Tennessee where he enjoyed the Grand Ole Opry, and in later years he took a Tiger Cruise out of Hawaii with his grandson; this was a trip of a lifetime for both of them.

Fred’s unconditional love and support for his family was unwavering; he was always there for them. Aside from being a devoted husband and father, Fred was also a terrific father-in-law, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and a true friend to many. Fred was the type of person who would go out of his way to help anyone, he was always dependable, and could fix anything.

To say that Fred was a hard worker is an understatement; Fred was self taught in mechanics, plumbing, and electrical to mention a few. Fred had a brilliant mind and vast knowledge of many different subjects not to mention a work ethic that was unbeaten. Fred was always the first to show up on the job, he always had a smile on his face, he got right to work and was always the last to leave because he needed to make sure everything was done and in order. Fred was also generous with his time and talents to teach others.

Fred went to work as an engineer with Klein Associates in New Hampshire which was a start up company at the time and he soon became best of friends with the owner Martin Klein. Fred and Martin traveled all over the country plugging their inventions; many times they drove wherever they needed to be because they couldn’t afford the airfare but that never swayed them, Fred did most of the driving as he was also an experienced trucker for many years; he always did what had to be done. Fifty years ago, Fred and Martin introduced their E.G. & G. side scan sonar to the world; they changed the history of ocean exploration and participated in many trials for the government. Fred’s knowledge of ocean exploration was instrumental in his involvement with Jacques Cousteau as they searched for the Loch Ness Monster.

Besides an amazing career, Fred also took the time to volunteer for several organizations that were very close to his heart. Fred was a member of the American Legion and the local VFW where he could help other service men and women who were returning from active duty. Fred was a Mason at the Mystic Valley Lodge in Arlington and a Shriner; Fred volunteered countless hours of his time and his talents with their many fundraisers; he was never too busy to do for others. Up until last week Fred was still volunteering every Tuesday at the Wilmington Shriner’s and it is rumored that the Roller Derby Tournaments were his favorite.

This past January 7th, Fred’s family celebrated his 90th Birthday and it was well attended by over 100 people young and old. Fred had an endearing personality and a genuine ability to relate to everyone no matter what their age; his kindness and compassion for others was unwavering.

Fred will be fondly remembered for his patriotism, integrity, loyalty, courage, generosity, and intelligence; he had a wonderful sense of humor and a great smile that warmed everyone’s heart. Fred will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Fred was the beloved husband of the late Madeline M. (Dion) Squires, devoted father of Linda L. Minor of Westfield and Karen J. Baro & husband William of Townsend, loving “Grampa” of James Minor, Kimberly Flematti, William Baro Jr., Edward Baro, Jamie Baro, Carrie Zmijewski, “Great-Papa” of Kailey, Keith, Joshua, Samantha, Andrew, Casey, Matthew, Dylan, Brandon, Trent, Ava, Aubrie and “Great-Great-Papa” of Sawyer. Cherished son of the late Frederick J. Sr. and Selina (Robbins) Squires, dear brother of George Squires of Pelham, NH, Barbara Jones of Billerica and Marjorie Lazarus of Tuscon, AZ. Fred is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, February 2nd at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service in St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 14 Treble Cove Road, North Billerica at 11:00 a.m. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 1st from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Frederick’s name may be made to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children- Boston, Attn: Development Office, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.

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22 Entries in Guest Book for “Frederick J. Squires, Jr.”

  1. bill baro sr says:

    fred was the best father in law a man couldask for for 50 yearshe was always by are side we had so many plans for lake house this summer boating and fishing it was your wish to be there so we will namethe new boat after you the freddy dream you will always be looking down and be with us dad love and miss you your son in law or as you would say your son r i p dad

  2. Paul and Susan Riessle says:

    Our sincere condolences to the family—So sad after enjoying his 90th birthday
    Fred and I shared our stories flying in the p2v navy patrol bomber—my four years was very little to his 40 plus years–loved his stories at the 38 cafe–also the yearly reunions in Weymouth and waxy oconners in Lexington-
    im going to miss him a lot but he will never be forgotten
    love and prayers Paul and Susan

  3. Marc Frattasio says:

    Fred was a great guy and a popular fixture at the monthly VP Association luncheons and annual reunion. All his shipmates will miss him.

  4. Debbie Durgin says:

    The world has lost a gem! Rest in peace Freddie!

  5. Katherine QuinnTrexler. QT says:

    I was VP-92 medical support back in the late 70’s Fred was always the gentleman,but never on time for his annual physical.St.Peter will now keep him on schedule.Rest in Peace my friend

  6. Jamie & Rachel Baro says:

    Dear Grampa, you were the most honorable and smartest man I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I will never forget our Tiger cruise in 1995 when you flew to Hawaii and rode the ship back to California. You said it was the time of your life. I was so proud to see how when we were sitting around on the ship when you were telling your old sea stories how many people would stop and listen. At one point I looked around and over 30 people were just listening. You always had that effect on people. Your kindness, knowledge,compassion, love, and most of all stories will truly be missed. Rest in peach Grampa and say hello to Nana for us.

  7. Janet Blair says:

    Linda and Karen,
    My deepest sympathies on the loss of your dad. It was an honor to know him for over 50 years. Hopefully there is a good breakfast place in heaven for him as I know how the guys loved going out for breakfast.

  8. Rosemarie Andrews says:

    Peace, love, and blessings to Karen and Bill and family. What a gift to have had such a loving father for 90 years! My prayers are with you as I remember you all daily in my prayers. Much love.

  9. George Clark says:

    Fred, Sorry that you have taken your last flight shipmate. We will miss you and think of you at our monthly luncheons.

  10. Rita Call says:

    Karen and Bill iam so sorry for your loss. Words cannot express when you loss a great dad. Karen you are so lucky to have such a long time.. I know you were always there for your Dad. And will always cherish all those wonderful memories.

  11. Bill Baro Jr. says:

    Gramps, I feel so blessed that I was able to have my hero in my life for 50 years. The memories we made together will always be with me, like the time we drove home in a rain storm in the old telephone van with no wipers, the time you covered me in 50 years worth of poop as we were trying to unclog the sewer pipe in the basement, our Saturday morning breakfasts, I can go on forever and ever. What I will always remember most fondly in my heart is the night I became a 3rd degree Mason and you said to me,”now you are not only my grandson, but now you are my brother.” You will always be my Grandpa, my brother and my hero and until I myself and am called home to be with the Lord, I will miss you everyday. Until we meet again Gramps, God’s speed and God bless.

  12. Joshua Baro says:

    Grandpa, you were not only my great grandfather, but a hero to your family and your country, and most importantly an inspiration. You taught us that no matter how old you are, you can accomplish anything. You always had a smile on your face and made sure we did too. It’s been an honor to have such an incredible person as someone we can all look up to and respect. We will never forget you and you will always have a placcertain in our hearts. Love and miss you Gramps.

  13. Bob Mandeville says:

    Fred, you were on the crew that took me, a totallly green aircrewman, on my first VP flight to Spain. You hooked yourself to me and showed me how to get around out there. You helped a green sailor get his sea (or rather, air) legs. Thanks for the Navy memories and the friendship to follow. You’ll always be in my memories.

    Gentle breezes and following seas, old friend.

  14. Cathy Baldwin says:

    Did not know the man at all but thru his grand-daughter Kim. She loves him so much and has so much respect for him. Those memories are something that will never be taken away.

  15. Lynne LeBlanc says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Fred, beloved father, grandfather, friend, etc. He was a special person who you instantly liked because of his good nature. I know he will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this difficult time of grieving.

  16. Art Sansone says:

    Sad to hear, Fred was an interesting great guy who always had a smile on his face, he will be missed at our monthly navy meetings. I always enjoyed listening to his ventures.

  17. Bob Nault says:

    Fred was a true gentleman, funny and very devoted to his work, especially in the sonar industry. He was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him. Freddy we love you! May you rest in peace our wonderful friend!

  18. David and Irene Rochette says:

    So saddened by the loss of your precious Father and Grandfather. May he rest in heavenly peace in the arms of the angels. In sympathy and respect. David and Irene……

  19. James Dion says:

    Good Speed Uncle Fred. You were an inspiration and a gift to all that knew you.
    The Good Lord won this one. Anchors Away shipmate. You will be missed.

  20. Beth Motschenbacher says:

    To my dear Uncle Freddy. Never will a day go by that you will not be thought of. We will honor your memory with not flowers, but stories of what you would shared with us all. We will make sure to tell them with the same passion you have always done. How lucky my children will be for knowing their great Uncle Freddy and the journey you have taken in this life. Find peace, My Uncle Freddy, in the arms of those that have passed before you. Love you forever if not in body, but in spirit and soul. Love your niece…Beth

  21. Robert Bean says:

    Sorry and condolences to the family, we will miss you at breakfast in Pelham every month my Brother. Our thoughts and prayers go out to George and Barbara, and the rest of the family from Pulpit Rock Lodge 103 in Pelham, NH.

  22. Jeff Lane says:

    I first met Chief Squires in 1977 when I joined his crew in VP92. He used to regale us with sea stories of his time on World War II Battleships. I will truly miss him.

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