GEORGIA — Frederick W. Bliss a longtime area resident passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, at the St. Albans Healthcare and Rehab Center.
Born on April 15, 1927, in St. Albans, he was the son of the late William and Hazel (Wright) Bliss. Fred was 88 years old.
On June 8, 1950, in Underhill, he married Irene White, who preceded him in death on Jan. 19, 2015.
Fred grew up and worked on the Bliss Dairy Farm in Georgia; he was a 1945 graduate of Bellows Free Academy and then furthered his education at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. He faithfully served his country in the United Sates Navy during World War II. Most of his working career he was an independent truck driver. Fred was a member of the United Methodist Church in Milton, Franklin Lodge # 4, FandAM, Mount Sinai # 3, Shriners, St. Albans Lodge 1090, L.O.O.M. and was a regular volunteer at Carepartners.
He was very active in Veteran affairs in Franklin County. He was a member of Green Mountain Post # 1, American Legion, and Robert E. Glidden Post 758, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a volunteer DAV driver to White River Junction several times a month. He was instrumental in the formation of the Funeral Honors Detail representing Green Mountain Post #1, American Legion and Robert E. Glidden Post 758, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Fred also served in several capacities for the town of Georgia, including Fire Chief from 1952-1953, as Town Constable and also on the Zoning Board.
Survivors include his daughter, Susan Mitchell of Georgia; his grandchildren, Kathy (Mitchell) Mathieu and her husband, Travis, of Fairfax and Kevin W. Mitchell of Georgia; and his great grandchildren, Kayla and Kristen Mathieu and Jared and Kaleb Mitchell. Fred is also survived by his sister, Carol Morrison and her husband, Richard, of N.Y. and Fla. and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Irene, Fred is preceded in death by his daughter, Kathy Drinkwater on April 7, 1978, brother, William Bliss, Jr and sister, Marguerite Gates.
There will be no services at this time, a graveside funeral service officiated by family friend, Jeff Cornwell and with military honors will be held later this spring at a day and time to be announced.
Fred’s family asks that memorials be made in his name to CarePartners, Inc., 34 Franklin Park West, St. Albans, VT 05478 or United Church of Milton, P.O. Box 107, Milton, VT 05468.
Assisting the Bliss family is the Heald Funeral Home where messages of condolence are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.