Peter F. Fredericks


WILTON – Peter Francois Fredericks, 66, a resident of Wilton, died Wednesday, July 25, at his home after a long illness.

He was born in Teaneck, N.J., on Oct. 31, 1940, the son of Francois DeVaux and Marion (Vandeweghe) Fredericks. He attended Essex Junction High School in Vermont prior to graduating from the University of Vermont in 1967, with a degree in agricultural economics.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1962. On Aug. 26, 1967, he married Barbara Kaldy in Pittsford, Vt., and moved to Maine to begin his 33-year career with IP. He worked for IP, at the Androscoggin Mill in Jay from 1967 to 2000.

He began his career as a process engineer (Environmental Group), and then advanced from the pulp mill foreman to superintendent of the Ground Wood Department. He was later QIP Facilitator and ended his career as a leader of special projects-cost reduction before retiring.

He was a member of the IP Quarter Century Club, a leader of the Supervisors Club of IP, and a participant in T.A.P.P.I. (Mechanical Pulp End Division).

He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed skiing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, swimming and being a student of Shotokan karate. He began competitive swimming while in the military and college, and then continued the sport through the Maine Masters Swim Club. He had the ability to compete in freestyle, butterfly and backstroke, as well as breaststroke. He was ranked No. 6 among the USA Senior Masters swimmers in the breaststroke.

In more than 15 years as a Maine Masters swimmer he compiled 55 top-ten times for the state of Maine (13 of which are individual state records and three state relay records). While competing in the 60 to 64 age group, he established state of Maine records for the 50,100 and 200 breaststroke for both short course yards (SCY) and long course meters (LCM). For short course meters (SCM) he compiled six state of Maine records for the breaststroke.

He entered many canoe and kayak races over the years, but his passion was sailing along the Maine coast, taking family and friends on voyages throughout Penobscot Bay. He began training in karate in 1973, and continued its study for 34 years through his affiliation with the Maine Shotokan Karate Association as one of the instructors. He is one of 18 fourth degree black belts in the USA according to the records of the Shotokan Karate International Federation.

He was a Boy Scout growing up and became an adult leader for troops in Jay and Wilton. He was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church in Farmington and an adviser to the youth group. He was very devoted to his family and friends, and he cherished the many special gatherings and occasions held by them. His cheerfulness, sense of humor and genuine good nature brought joy to everyone.

He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years of Wilton; four brothers, Francz Fredericks, and his wife, Betsy Sokolaski, of Malone, N.Y., Robert Fredericks, and his wife, Dianna, of Colchester, Vt., James Fredericks, and his companion, Joanne Hanowski, of Underhill, Vt., and John Fredericks, and his wife, Becky, of Colchester, Vt.; two sisters, Janet Fredericks, and her husband, Thomas Verner, of Lincoln, Vt., and Gabrielle Hammond, and her husband, James, of Colchester, Vt.; 17 nieces and nephews; and three godchildren.