2009-12-03 / Obituaries

George Frederick Fowkes, Jr.

George Frederick Fowkes Jr, loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, and Friend passed on to eternity peacefully on Sunday November 22, 2009, at his home with his family at his side.

Born to George Frederick Fowkes and Florence Crowther Fowkes on May 25, 1918, in New Rochelle, NY, he was predeceased by his brother Raymond and his daughter, Beverly Ann, and his loving wife of 56 years, Jeannette Mc- Intyre Fowkes. He is survived by his children Pamela Fowkes DeMayo; her husband, Louis DeMayo of East Dennis, MA; and Wendy Fowkes Van Derlyn of Beacon, NY. He was known as Pop-pop to his grandchildren, Melissa DeMayo; Megan (DeMayo) Santos; her husband, Paulo; Brett DeMayo; James Van Derlyn; his wife, Karen; Courtney Van Derlyn Elwell; and nine great grandchildren, James, Taylor, Elizabeth, Drake, Jonathan, Kristen, Alison, Gregory and Mason.

In his youth, Mr. Fowkes attained the rank of Eagle Scout and later served in the United States Army in WWII under General Patton throughout Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he and his wife raised their family in Brewster, NY, while he pursued a career in sales, culminating in the establishment of his own real estate firm. He was the President and Founder of MLS in Putnam County, NY; Board President of the Putnam County Realtors; Member of the Board of Directors of the Putnam Community Hospital in Carmel, NY; President of the Chamber of Commerce; President of the Lions Club; a founding member of the Salem Country Club in North Salem, NY.; Member of the Grand Masons of NY; a Lieutenant on the Brewster, NY, Fire Department; Member of the Elks Club, American Legion and VFW in Brewster, NY.

At age 56, Mr. Fowkes and his wife retired on Cape Cod where he was a member of the First Congregational Church in Yarmouth Port; he was on the Board of Trustees and the Board of Deacons, a member of the Howard Lodge A.F. & A.M. in South Yarmouth, the Grand Lodge of MA, and President of the Forest Pines Association.

Mr. Fowkes was a loyal New England sports fan, himself, an avid golfer who enjoyed his position as a starter at the Dennis Pines Golf Course well into his 80s. Stated by a grandchild many years ago, “I thought Pop was a professional golfer, a master farmer and a perpetually tanned man with a great pair of legs.” These feelings grew into a deep respect for the gentle, self-made man who loved his family and friends. He is already sorely missed.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM on December 20, 2009, at the First Congregational Church, 329 Main Street (6A) in Yarmouth Port, MA. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Dennis Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 332, Dennis Port, MA 02639 or the VNA Hospice, 434 Route 134, Suite G-1, South Dennis, MA 02660.

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