Frederick “Fred” Romani Opie, of Venice, Fla., and Sugar Camp, Wis., loving husband of Nancy Dart Opie, passed away in Concord, N.H., Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the age of 84.
Fred was born in Nashua, N.H., Sept. 27, 1929, the only child of Frederick James Opie and Rita Romani Opie. He grew up in Milford, N.H., and graduated from Milford High School in 1947. He received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, in 1951.
He served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, stationed in Okinawa, Japan.
He joined Allis-Chalmers in 1954 as a mechanical engineer and was based in Milwaukee, Wis. He then worked for a related company, Siemens-Allis, and eventually co-owned an industrial pump distributorship in Indianapolis, Ind., with his business partner, Richard Robinson.
Fred married Nancy Joy Dart in Rhinelander, Wis., June 11, 1955. Fred and his family later lived in Louisville, Ky., Cincinnati, Ohio, and Indianapolis, Ind. Fred and Nancy retired to Venice, Fla., in 1998.
Fred will be remembered for his frugality, his wonderful stories, his “no work” gardening technique and his “vertical grill.” He loved golf and was a proud member of the Italian American Club in Venice, Fla. He organized and ran the annual Butler Open Golf Tournament for family and friends throughout the Midwest for 20 years.
Always quick to tell a joke, Fred had an endearing sense of fun and humor, and was always there to lend a hand, work on a project or cook something up.
Fred is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nancy Dart Opie, Ph.D.; his daughter, Ellen Marie Opie Williams, and his son-in-law, Frederick Williams, both of Goffstown, N.H.; his cousin, John Romani, Ph.D., of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.
Services: A memorial service for Fred will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Milford, N.H., at a later date.
Contributions: Nancy has requested that memorial donations be made to your choice of children’s charities, such as UNICEF (thinking globally) or Child & Family Services of New Hampshire (thinking locally), a Boys and Girls Club or a Big Brother/Big Sister program in your community.