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Obituary: Frederick E. Finkenauer

Frederick E. Finkenauer passed away at the age of 82 after a long illness on December 1, 2021 in New Haven, CT. Fred was born on September 28, 1939, in Detroit, MI, the son of Margaret Button and Frederick J. Finkenauer.

Fred graduated from Cornell University, class of 1961, where he was a member of Chi Psi fraternity. Before continuing his education, Fred served as a second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1961-1963. He then attended Harvard Business School receiving an MBA in 1965. Fred began his business career with Citibank in New York City, and ultimately became CFO of Caspari Inc. headquartered in Seymour, CT.

A resident of Woodbridge, CT for 36 years, Fred was active in community affairs, serving on the board of The Woodbridge Land Trust. A member of the First Church of Christ, he was a deacon, headed the stewardship committee, and acted as treasurer for five years. He concurrently sat on the board of the Kazanjian Economics Foundation. His love of numbers and spread sheets coupled with honesty and integrity served him well in all these positions.

Fred held a special place in his heart for the island of Bermuda and the Wild West of Montana and Wyoming.  His love of ocean cruising to many ports of call was surpassed only by his love for his family. Fred was a loving husband to Sharon, his wife of 51 years, and a proud and devoted father to his two sons, Ted and Jonathan. Attending all their sporting events, he was truly a dedicated “Hockey Dad.”

Fred will be remembered for his passion for good food and love of cooking, his quick wit and groan-producing puns, but mostly for his kind, gentle manner and being the perfect host at any party or gathering.

Fred is survived by his wife Sharon, their two sons Ted of Jackson, WY and Jonathan and his wife, Caroline of Bozeman, MT.  His sister Ann Petitt Webber of Vero Beach, FL, his nieces Julie, Laura and Jennifer and his nephew Peter, his brother-in-law Scott Stickle and wife, Carol of Wells, VT.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at The First Church of Christ with Zoom options for friends and family who are not able at attend in person but would like to join in the celebration of his life.

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