Frederick F. Adderley

March 18, 2017 
WATERTOWN, NY  ó  Frederick F. Adderley, 93, of Watertown, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Hospice Residence of Jefferson County with his wife Suzanne and family by his side. 

Fred was born April 9, 1923, in Antwerp, NY, the son of William F. Adderley and Bertha Mae Lawton Adderley. 

Fred enlisted in the U. S. Army in December of 1944 and served as a staff sergeant during World War II and was stationed in Japan and the Philippines and honorably discharged in the Fall of 1946. Prior to going overseas Fred joined the American Legion Post 61 - Watertown and has been a member for 72 years and a past member of the VFW Post 1400 - Watertown.

Upon returning home from overseas Fred leased a Sunoco gas station in Philadelphia, NY, and ran a taxi service called Quaker Cab. He moved to Watertown and purchased a Gulf gas station on Washington Street beside the Watertown High School. In 1950 he went to work for Quick Motors Cadillac and Oldsmobile dealership for 23 years as a salesman and then as sales manager. Fred was a member of the Watertown Chamber of Commerce and during this time he purchased and resold rental properties in the Watertown area. He then opened two locations of Adderley Auto Sales on LeRay Street, Watertown. 

Fred played drums in high school and at one time he had his own band called "Fred Adderley and the Blue Notes." He was a member of the Musicians Union and continued playing in various bands around the Watertown and Thousand Islands region. Most recently he enjoyed playing his drums at home and spending time with his family and friends. 

He was predeceased by three sisters, Elizabeth (Betty) Reeves Fox, Sarah (Sally) Patton Daigneau and Margaret DeJourdan. 

Fred married Gladys Edathy Keen in 1944, the couple had eight children and the marriage ended in divorce. 

A son, Charles Frederick, passed before him. 

He is survived by his children, Constance and Marc Davi, Burrville, Patricia MacRae, Arizona, Thomas and Eileen, Cape Vincent, J. Timothy and Karen, Watertown, John and Patricia, Alabama, Richard and Nancy, Watertown, and William and Julie, Watertown.

Fred married Suzanne Freeman Farney on Nov. 5, 1970 at the First Presbyterian Church, Watertown and celebrated 47 years of marriage. 

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; two step children, Robert and Kira Farney, Florida and Michelle Snyder, Dexter; 11 grandchildren, Christopher Adderley, Burrville, Richard MacRae, Arizona, Michael MacRae, Arizona, Joanne King, Watertown, Jim Adderley, Sackets Harbor, Janice Adderley, Potsdam, Michael Adderley, Watertown, Allison Adderley, New York City, Sean Adderley, Mexico, Janelle Schroy, South Africa, and Nicole Adderley, Watertown; a step-grandson, Tyler Snyder, Dexter; 16 great-grandchildren and four great great-grandchildren. 

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 24, at Reed & Benoit Funeral Home.  Burial will be later in the spring at St. Michaelís Cemetery, Antwerp.  Calling hours are  4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., or the American Legion, Sterling St., both of Watertown, NY  13601.

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Information provided by Reed & Benoit Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.