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Former Marcellus mayor passes

Fred loved good food and loved to prepare it in his, not Pat's, gourmet kitchen. He loved getting a big Christmas tree each year -- no artificial reproduction for him. He loved the "Orangemen" and his alma mater, Oklahoma State, of course. He cheered mightily at their success. He loved history, especially family history. I can remember telling him about his great grandfather, Simon Dodd, the 28th Mayor of the Village of Marcellus back in 1889. I told him "No wonder I like you, Fred, you're not all German, you're Irish too!"

Fred loved a challenge, whether it was improving his golf game with Mark at The Links or winning a pitch tournament at the American Legion. Recently, he worked on getting a new home for the Marcellus Historical Society. Thanks to the generosity of the Steadmans and their friendship with Fred and Pat, their historic home at 18 North Street was donated to that group. His challenge then was to make sure the building was successful in every sense of the word. We visited with Ed Heinrich at State Parks to see what that organization could do for the Historical Society. He set up meetings with historic architects to make plans and seek grants and just a week before he got sick; he and I traveled to visit a historic home in Cortland to see what was being done there.

When Fred decided to run for a third term as Mayor in 2002, I asked him "Why?"

He said, "Because I love being Mayor of Marcellus."

And he did love that job!

In fact, Fred probably loved Marcellus more than most natives. As Mayor for a dozen years, he was constantly trying to find innovative ways to improve the village, just ask Bob Wilson how many projects Fred asked him to initiate. He traveled to Albany, Saratoga, Canandaigua - almost everywhere in the state, to see what other communities were doing. He was a big fan of e-bay, buying anything related to Marcellus and donating it to the Historical Society. He would caution me, "Don't tell Pat how much it cost."

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