Frederick A. Baldinger, 94, a longtime resident of Pompton Plains, died September 27, 2017.
Born in Woodstock, NY, he was raised in the Catskills, the only son and youngest of four children born to Frederick and Blanche Baldinger. Following his graduation from high school, he moved to Newark, NJ to pursue work. He gained employment with the Weston Electrical Instrument Corporation there, and fatefully, met his future wife, Eugenia Fitzsimmons.
Fred was drafted into the Army in 1943, and left Weston’s to serve as a Technical Sergeant during WWII, stationed in Italy. Returning home, he married Eugenia in 1946, and settled in the Pompton Plains section of Pequannock Township in 1950. They were one of the original families to purchase a home in the "Village.”
A father of five daughters, Fred supported his family first by working at Singer-Kearfott, and later became a government employee, working for the last 20 years of his career as a Contract Specialist at Picatinny Arsenal. He earned a BA in business from Rutgers University and an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology while working full-time and raising his family.
Following his retirement, he cared for his ailing wife as she battled cancer. Sadly, she passed away in 1990.
In retirement, Fred enjoyed spending his winters in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Whether in New Jersey or Florida, Fred’s activities remained similar: visiting local yard sales to hunt for treasures, tinkering with watches and small electronics, and opening his home to family and friends.
Living in Pequannock Township for 67 years, Fred made lasting friendships in town, too, and was a regular at his “Breakfast Club” – a daily routine at either McDonald’s or the local diner. He was active in the community, where he served on the Zoning and Planning Boards, the Flood Control Committee, and the board of trustees at Hearle Village.
To his grandchildren (and their friends too), he was known simply as GPF (or Grandpa Fred). He adored them all, and was always supportive and involved in their lives.
Fred is lovingly survived by his daughters, Jane Burt, Louise Rovinsky, Brenda Fracaroli and her husband Anthony, Karen Drada, and Lorna O’Leary and her husband Steven; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends. He was predeceased by his wife, Eugenia, and his three sisters.
A funeral service will be held 10 am Monday, October 2 at the M. John Scanlan Funeral Home, Pompton Plains. Burial will follow at the First Reformed Church Cemetery, Pompton Plains. Visiting hours will be from 2 to 6 pm Sunday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Pequannock Township Fire Department Engine Co. 1 or Pequannock Township First Aid Squad would be greatly appreciated by the Baldinger family.