Frederick Arthur Dawley Jr of Charlotte, North Carolina, age 70, was surrounded by loved ones when he passed away unexpectedly due to complications from surgery on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.
Fred was universally known for his genuinely kind heart, sense of humor, and positivity. He always greeted people with a smile and had an immense sense of empathy for others. He had a deep love for his family and friends and was always concerned about their well being over his own. People have been known to say that, “Fred would never hurt a fly.” He was also an avid prankster and made people laugh. He enriched the lives of all who were lucky enough to know him.
Fred was a Veteran and served many years in the United States Air Force and Army National Guard. Prior to his retirement, he lived in Danielson and Putnam, Connecticut where he worked for Anchor Glass and International Paper. He was known to be a hard worker and it was important to him to provide for his family. In his later years, he moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to be near his son and family where he enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s many school events, visits back and forth with his daughter’s family and making friends with his neighbors.
Fred was predeceased by his father, Frederick Arthur Dawley Sr and mother, Norma Jean Dawley (Vines), sisters Laura McMahan (Dawley) and Diane Dawley, of Anna, Illinois. He had previously lost the love of his life, Elaine Nadeau, of Danielson and Putnam, Connecticut.
Fred is survived by his son, Frederick Dawley III and his wife, Erin Dawley, of Charlotte, North Carolina, his daughter, Laurie Bernier (Dawley) and her husband, John Bernier of Dayville, Connecticut. He loved his responsibilities as a “Paw-Paw” and took great pride in his grandchildren Elizabeth Van Buren (Dawley) “Sweet Pea”, Joshua Bernier “Buddy”, Hannah Dawley “Angel” and Connor Dawley “Dude”. He leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.
A small, private, military service will be held in Salisbury, North Carolina. A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring of 2022 in Dayville, Connecticut.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
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