1918 – 2015

AUBURN — Frederick S. Callahan, 97, of Auburn passed away peacefully Tuesday night, March 31, at the Hospice House in Auburn.

He was born in Lewiston on March 25, 1918, a son of the late Sherman and Cora (Staples) Callahan.

On Dec. 24, 1939, he married Ruth E. Downing and the two of them had a son, Harold. Fred proudly served his nation in the United States Navy during World War II.

After returning from the Navy, he worked construction for a number of years before starting Callahan Bros. Inc. with his brother, Dan. He was very proud of his business with such accomplishments as the building the Longley Bridge in Lewiston-Auburn and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Bridge in Lubec.

He was also a 32nd-degree Mason at the Tyrian Masonic Lodge No. 73 in Mechanic Falls for more than 65 years, as well as a Kora Shriner.


He will also be remembered for his love and passion of fishing, hunting and being a devoted Red Sox and Patriots fan.

He is survived by his grandchildren, Scott S. Callahan and his wife, Katreena, of Las Vegas, Nev., Nancy Callahan of Auburn, and Sean M. Callahan of Alexandria, Va.; as well as his great-grandchildren, Alexander and Sabrina Callahan; many nieces and nephews; and several close friends, including Maurice Despres and Judith Bubier.

He was predeceased by his loving wife, Ruth; his son, Harold S. Callahan; three brothers, Herbert, Daniel and Allen Callahan; two sisters, Irene Hapgood and Annabelle Callahan; and a half-brother, Sherman Callahan.

The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, especially Tammy Bean and Mary Lacroix, for their devotion and compassion shown to Frederick in his final days.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.thefortingroupauburn.com.

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