2006-07-13 / Obituaries

Frederic W. Allen Jr., 85

Frederic W. Allen Jr., 85, an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II, died of cardiac arrest Sunday, July 9, 2006 while entertaining his family at a belated Father's Day celebration. He was the husband of Jan P.W. (Ward) Allen for 40 years.

Born in Providence, a son of the late Frederic W. and Mabel Adams (Armington) Allen Sr., he summered in Jamestown from his earliest days before becoming a permanent resident in 1979.

After graduating from Moses Brown, Mr. Allen attended Brown University as a member of the Navy V-7 Program. He completed midshipman's school at Columbia University in 1943 and received his officer's commission. Assigned to the U.S.S. Climax, Mr. Allen served in the Pacific from 1944 to 1945.

Following W.W. II, Mr. Allen worked in the automotive sales and insurance business. In the mid-1960s, Mr. Allen joined the state Department of Social Services as a social worker in the geriatric division.

After his retirement in 1983, Mr. Allen devoted himself to his favorite pastimes, first and foremost his family, which included his wife and two daughters from his first marriage to the late Elizabeth L. Main, and his diverse hobbies.

A passionate golfer, Mr. Allen played daily at the Jamestown Country Club, where he rarely missed a 7a.m. tee time, and in Florida, where he wintered until 2003. He was a local history buff and contributed pictures and information to a recently published book on Jamestown history compiled by Sue Madden. He also updated his family genealogy, completing the research that linked his family to Richard Warren, a passenger on the Mayflower. In addition to belonging to the Mayflower Society, Mr. Allen was a member of the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association, the Jamestown Historical Society, the U.S. Golf Association, the Jamestown Shores Association, Friends of the Jamestown Library, Save The Bay, the Rhode Island Sons of the American Revolution, and the former Jamestown Golf and Country Club.

Besides his wife, Mr. Allen leaves his two daughters, Rachel A. Crook and her husband Joseph of Falmouth, Mass., and Jennifer A. Melson and her husband Donald of North Andover, Mass.; a sister, Joan A. Arnold and her husband George of East Greenwich; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

His funeral service and burial with military honors in Cedar Cemetery, Jamestown will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Humane Society of Jamestown, PO Box 681, Jamestown, RI 02835 or the Salvation Army, 51 Memorial Blvd., Newport, RI 02840 would be appreciated.

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