Frederic C. Bertram, 86, of Milford, was called home to be with the Lord on July 27 and is now in the loving arms of Jesus. He was greeted upon arrival by his daughter Deborah and granddaughter Krista.
Fred grew up in Roslindale and served in the Air Force during the Korean War. A graduate of Boston College with a degree in economics, Fred worked in pharmaceutical sales and marketing, retiring at 77 from BJ’s Wholesale Club. Fred led his life by example. His infectious personality, kind demeanor and charming smile drew people to a man who was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. His banter, wit, intelligence and humor are a few of his many delightful qualities that will be missed. His passions were antiquing, billiards, tennis, travel and taking meticulous care of his lawn and garden. Fred would consider himself a rich man, blessed with a wonderful family, a deep love for life and a wonderful community of faith at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Holliston.
Besides his loving wife of 61 years, Christel, Fred is survived by his daughters, Karen (Bertram) Shell of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, and Heidi Bertram of Hopkinton; his sons-in-law, Steve Shell and Tim Norton; and his three grandsons, Trevor Shell, Craig Norton and Christian Norton. He was predeceased by his daughter Deborah Ann (Bertram) Norton and granddaughter Krista Bertram Norton. Fred also leaves behind his loving brother-in-law Peter Renk and his wife, Diana, along with two nieces, Stephanie Freeman and Michelle McGarvey. Additionally, he leaves behind a multitude of treasured cousins and many cherished colleagues, dear friends and neighbors whose company he deeply enjoyed throughout his life.
A celebration of Fred’s life, legacy and faith was held Aug. 10 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Holliston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ the King Lutheran Church, 600 Central St., Holliston, MA 01746 in honor of Frederic C. Bertram. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton (ChesmoreFuneralHome.com).
His family members would like to extend their most heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the many wonderful people who cared for Fred throughout his various health challenges. His dear family friend and special nurse, Linda Barnard, along with the staffs of Preferred Transitions, Dana-Farber Cancer Center and the Milford Regional Medical Center guided him through a difficult time in his life with patience, kindness and lots of love. These folks were all truly God’s angels at work in Fred’s life.
Rejoice for him, he has begun his eternal life in Heaven and is celebrating with his beautiful daughter Debbie, precious granddaughter Krista and the many relatives who have gone before him.
To our dear Fred/Dad/Grampy: Auf wiedersehen, until we meet again!