Ferdinand E. Stone
Fred Stone, 89, of Pinehurst, died Sunday, June 3, 2012, at home, due to complications from Alzheimer’s.
There will be a “gathering of friends” from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at his residence, 30 Firestone Lane.
Originally from Marblehead, Mass., artist Fred never lost his love for the New England coast and sailing, seen in his nautical landscapes. He was very proud of being part of the core group that founded the Artist League of the Sandhills in Aberdeen in 1994. His long life included fighting in World War II in the South Pacific theater for the infantry. He was one of the first Americans to arrive in Nagasaki after the bombing.
Following the war but prior to returning to college, he was a charter boat captain of sailing yachts from Marblehead to Miami and then worked in summer theater. Fred was student government president and Sigma Chi Man of the Year at the University of Maryland, 1951.
He met Nancy Horan from South Dartmouth, Mass., at a Sigma Chi fraternity party. They married in 1952 and settled in Northern Virginia, where Fred was accepted in the management training program for AT&T in Washington, D.C. This resulted in a lifelong career with AT&T in management and public relations. They had one daughter, Sandy.
Fred played tennis, golf and skied many years, and was on the National Ski Patrol. He was also known for his entertaining sense of humor, piano skills and sing-a-longs. This started early with family gatherings, where Fred played piano, brother John the accordion and brother Bob guitar, harmonica or anything else he could find!
Fred and Nancy retired to Pinehurst in 1990 and loved the people, golf and activities. Fred will also be remembered as “Charlie’s owner,” and some think he has gone to be with his buddy Charlie.
Fred is survived by his daughter, Sandy Appleby, son-in-law, Bob Appleby, and grandson, Mark Appleby, of Bozeman, Mont.; brothers John (Jean) Stram, of New Hampshire, and Robert (Karen) Stram, of Maine; and sister Chris Deasy (John), of Maine.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen NC 28315. Online condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com.
Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst is serving the family.