WITHERBEE — PLATTSBURGH - Frederick "Fred" Austin Greenleaf, 90, of Plattsburgh, N.Y., died Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the Samuel F. Vilas Home.
Fred was born Aug. 21, 1923 in Woburn, Mass. to Cuthbert and Gertrude Greenleaf. He graduated from Woburn High School in 1940 at the age of 16 and attended both the University of Massachusetts and Champlain College. ^
Fred served in the United States Navy in World War II and was active in the Pacific theater of war. He considered his service a defining part of his life. On June 17, 1950, he married the former Evelyn Catherine Morrison in Plattsburgh. Fred worked for the New York State Electric & Gas Corporation for over 35 years, retiring as the Manager of Plant Accounting in Ithaca, N.Y. Fred was an avid reader, traveler, and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. Fred volunteered for many years at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital. Over his final years he also very much enjoyed the company of, and conversation with, his sisters-in-law Janice Clermont, of Plattsburgh, and her family, and Ruthie Greenleaf, of Woburn. Fred had a sharp mind and quick wit up until the time of his death. Family was very important to Fred and he and his family celebrated a fun-filled 90th birthday party for him last year.
Fred is survived by his four daughters, Anne Greenleaf-Gornbein, and her husband Herschel, of Albany, N.Y., Jeanne Tolentino, and her husband Ernesto, of Pasadena, Calif., Nancy Woodard, and her husband Ronald, of Ithaca, N.Y., Carol Greenleaf, of Albany, N.Y.; and his son, Stephen Greenleaf, and his wife Jacqueline DeRosa, of Folsom, Calif. Fred is also survived by eight loving grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn in 1999, and his son Mark in 2006.
A celebration of life service will be held at noon on May 10, at Brown Funeral Home, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 12901. A private burial will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Memorials may be made to the Samuel F. Vilas Home.
His children wish to thank his friends and staff at the Samuel F. Vilas Home for all the loving care they provided Fred over past several years.
Arrangements are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 (518) 561-3980. Online condolences and memorial candles may be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeinc.com.