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
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,
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
He was predeceased by three sisters, Elizabeth (Betty)
Reeves Fox, Sarah (Sally) Patton Daigneau and Margaret
Fred married Gladys Edathy Keen in 1944, the couple had
eight children and the marriage ended in divorce.
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
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
Condolences may be made at www.reedbenoit.com.
Information provided by Reed & Benoit Funeral
Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.