2008-02-07 / Obituaries

Frederic C. Caswell, 78

Capt. Frederic C. Caswell, Jr.,

78, of 2 Bryer Ave., Jamestown, died on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008 at Newport Hospital. He was the

husband of Ruth

E. (Farrington) Caswell. Born in Newport on August 21, 1929, he was a son of the late Frederic C. and Hannah W. (Grinnell) Caswell.

Capt. Caswell was a graduate of Rogers High School, class of 1947 and a graduate of Brown University, class of 1951. After his schooling, he was commissioned as an ensign in the United States Navy. From 1951 to 1954 he served on the destroyer USS Hale. He was the commanding officer of the USS Amherst for 38 months, and completed two tours of duty on amphibious ships. While stationed in Philadelphia, he was the commanding officer of the destroyer USS Lowry. Capt. Caswell was the last Naval attaché to the Republic of China in Taiwan from 1976 to 1979. He served at the Naval War College from 1980 to 1983 and retired from the Navy while in Newport. Among the commendations he received were the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal. He later went to work for the American Institute in Taiwan from 1984 to 1988. From 1989 to 1994, Capt. Caswell worked for Litton Industries as their agent in Taiwan.

He was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Jamestown for his entire life. He served in several capacities including treasurer of the church and as a member of the choir. Capt. Caswell was also a member of Save the Bay and was an avid sailor and reader. He enjoyed crossword puzzles as well as working on his computer.

Besides his wife of 56 years he leaves his three children; James P. Caswell of Jamestown; Ellen S. Brady and her husband Joseph of Newport; Judith Cushing of Newport; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Nancy L. Mason of Jamestown, and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Frank W. Caswell.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m., at the Central Baptist Church, 99 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Central Baptist Church or to the Jamestown Emergency Medical Service, P.O. Box 8, Jamestown, RI, 02835.

Arrangements are with the O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home.

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