Fred Ellsworth Barefield

fred barefield obitFred Ellsworth Barefield, age 69 of Hemlock Street Brockway, PA; died on Friday February 26, 2016 at his residence.

Born in DuBois, PA on September 9, 1946; he was the son of the late Fred E. and Nellie Mae Shaffer Barefield. On August 2, 1969 he was married to Marilyn G. Fremer and she survives. Retired, Fred was employed at Ross Mould as a Mould Maker.

He gave dedicated service to others in Jefferson County, Snyder Township and the Brockway Community as well as his previous service nationally to the AFGWU and the USW unions. Fred served in the following capacity; Member and President of the Local Union 71, USW; International Executive Board member USW; Negotiating Member of USW and Mold and Glass Container Industry; Chairman of Board of Supervisors, Snyder Township; Member of Jefferson County Planning Commission; Chairman of Jefferson County Township Board of Supervisors, Member of COG; served on Joint Committee of Brockway Sewage Authority.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran and was stationed at the Panama Canal during the Vietnam War. Fred was protestant by faith. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially fishing with his grandchildren. He enjoyed camping, and going for rides, whether on his 4-wheeler or exploring the area in his truck. Fred was an avid Nascar fan and faithfully cheered for Dale Earnhardt Sr. and later Dale Jr. He was a Pittsburgh Steeler fan.

Fred enjoyed being at all of the many activities his grandchildren were involved in. It didn’t matter what it was, he never missed any of it. Spending time with his family is what mattered the most. No matter how busy his life got, he never missed an opportunity to stop and smell the lilacs.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter: Kathleen D. Barefield Painter of Brockway; a son: Fred E. Barefield III also of Brockway; 2 sisters: Ruth McConnell of New Port Richey, FL; Kathleen (Stu) Ropka of Ashland, AL; 3 Brothers: Pastor Joseph (Janet) Catani of Jonestown, PA; Patrick (Mary) Smeal of Camp Hill, PA; Michael (Channary) Barefield of Portland, OR; 6 grandchildren: Fred E. Barefield IV, Madison P. Barefield, Isaac L. Painter, Lewis R. Painter, Ashden N. Barefield and Makaela N. Barefield.

Along with his parents he is also preceded in death by a brother William L. Barefield.

Calling hours will be on Monday, February 29 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM at the Carlson-Shugarts Funeral Home Inc. in Brockway.

A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, March 1 at 10:00 AM at St. Tobias Church also in Brockway, with Msgr. Charles Kaza officiating and Pastor Joseph Catani co-officiating. Burial will be in St. Tobias Cemetery.

Full Military Honors will be accorded Tuesday morning at the Church by Parson-Marnati Post #95 of the American Legion. In Lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Hillman Cancer Center 5115 Centre Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15232 or Hahne Cancer Center 100 Hospital Avenue DuBois, Pa. 15801.

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