Frederick Dearborn

Frederick W. Dearborn

Wednesday, January 26th, 1944 - Saturday, March 28th, 2020
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Frederick W. Dearborn passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020 with his wife of 40 years by his side from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. Born in Holyoke, MA on January 26, 1944, he was the son of the late Mai Cournoyer and Frederick W. Dearborn, Sr. Fred grew up in Windsor Locks and West Hartford, and graduated from Conard High School in 1963 and the University of Hartford Hartt College of Music.

Fred had a passion for music and was a great trumpet player in his earlier years. He led and played trumpet in several rock and roll bands. He also had a passion for books, amassing a huge collection of science fiction books and magazines, striving to read them all. He worked for many years as a recruiter in the area of data processing and later ran his own business. Enthusiasm, optimism, loyalty, kindness and perseverance are descriptions of Fred’s character that his family reflects on and is grateful for.

Fred is survived by his wife Joan, daughters, Jennifer Dearborn-Tomazos and husband Ioannis, Julie Bochese and husband Jon, and son, Brian. He leaves behind three grandchildren, Alexandros Tomazos, Madeline and Theodore Bochese, and a granddaughter expected in June. He also leaves his sister, Candice Dearborn-Davis and husband Martyn, and a special mother-in-law, Virginia Peterson. Fred’s family is grateful for three dedicated and loving caregivers John, Kwabena, and Marjorie, who made it possible for him to remain at home these past years. Online condolences may be made at
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    Fairview Cemetery
    Whitman Avenue
    West Hartford, CT
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Brian Hurlock

Posted at 10:41am
Mrs Dearborn Jen , Julie , Brian
So very sorry to hear about my good friend , he loved you all very mush
he was a great father , wife , grandfather, he was very passionate , always he stop byes at georges
thanking for all I am doing , always Jen was working on hook shot
my brothers David and Tim along with our families send our love to guys
My friend Fred will really be miss R.I.P. Fred , love Brian Hurlock

joseph miglizzi

Posted at 04:04pm

Joe Miglizzi

Dear Joan and Family
Years ago Fred told me a story that speaks volumes about who he is. He was a member of the HS Baseball team and because he held a bat the same as Ty Cobb (hands separated) his couch wouldn’t play him. He believed in himself, didn’t change and stayed on the team. With two outs in the 9th inning of the last game in his senior year he was sent in and hit a home run. He never told me the final score, but that’s Fred.

We competed in the recruiting industry for over 25 years and were very open in our relationship discussing confidential client information in sharing and placing candidates. He was truly remarkable and one of the best recruiters in the business.

Fred shared his love for you Joan and was proud of Jennifer, Julie and Brian. He was very humble man with a great attitude and respect for everyone, and leaves us with wonderful memories.

Bob Sitarz

Posted at 03:07pm
Dear Joan and family,
I did business with Fred for many years. He was a pleasure to work with and provided many great resources. Additionally while Fred was 10 years older, we grew up in the same neighborhood and knew many people in common...which frequently resulted in some lengthy conversations. The characteristics noted in his obituary, enthusiasm, optimism, loyalty, kindness and perseverance were spot on. He was a good man and will be missed. May he rest in peace.
Bob Sitarz

Frank Carlozzi

Posted at 11:29am
Dear Joan and Family:
Jane & I and our children Brian & Amanda wish to express our deepest sympathy to you. As you know, I first met Fred when he was the band leader of THUNDERMUG in 1974. While I was in charge of booking bands at UCONN for evening socials gatherings and entertainment, Fred & I built a strong friendship..After I graduated from UCONN, I would once again rekindle my friendship with Fred when he worked at RADIO SHACK. From there the relationship continued..Eventually, we became neighbors in Cope Farms residential neighborhood in Farmington. Fred was always zany & funny and even I never could predict what was next when we were together. Let me close this with
"Death Leaves a Heartache, No One Can Heal, Love Leaves a Memory No One Can Steal."

Frank & Jane Carlozzi

Paul Pfau

Posted at 10:55am
Fred and I were close neighbors and good friends living on Grove Street in West Hartford. We both attended Conard High School. I remember Fred practicing his trumpet everyday after school. He was a great musician following in his Dad's footsteps. On snowy days Fred's Dad drove us to school in their Chevy Corvair. On weekends, Fred and I would stay up late watch Sci-Fi movies on an old television in his basement. Very sorry to hear of his death. Rest in Peace Fred.

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