Later, in reference to his real estate business, “Never do a transaction that you’re ashamed of, for it will haunt you for the rest of your life.” Lesson: Honesty is the best policy.
He left a legacy of caring and affirmation.
“Few people were ever loved more and thought more of than my Uncle Fred,” wrote a nephew who as a boy often spent summers with my grandparents after the death of his father. “We looked up to him all our lives. Whatever he said made it so. We looked to him for advice, for love and, as kids, for candy and some change out of his pocket. Somehow there was always some there.”
If I can be as much to my grandsons, I will have passed on the legacy of a grandfather that was left to me.
Stuart Deane lives in Newburyport.