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Frederick Kellogg Gifford Jr.

February 04, 1939 ~ April 13, 2020

Frederick Kellogg Gifford of Vero Beach passed away peacefully on April 13 at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach with his wife at his side. He was born February 4, 1939 in Utica, N.Y., the son of Dr. Frederick Kellogg Gifford and Gwynneth Marshall.


After graduating from high school, Frederick entered the Navy where he became a Hospital Corpsman at St. Albans Naval Hospital. Following the Navy, he graduated from Simmons School of Mortuary Science and began a 42 year career as a Regional Sales Representative with the Dodge Company of Cambridge, Ma. During his career with Dodge, he graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelors Degree.


Mr. Gifford is survived by his wife of 30 years, Susan Pendleton; three children, Kenneth Gifford (Kathy), Cynthia King, and Stephanie Elder (Sam); two step-sons, Peter Trask (Christine) and David Trask (Kim); a brother Samuel Gifford (Elissa); two half-sisters, Phoebe Jenney (Harry), Jane Parret (Jeremy) a half-brother, Tom (Jean) and many grandchildren. He is pre-deceased by his son, Frederick Gifford III (Yuhong).


He was an avid boater, liked to golf and enjoyed all kinds of traveling, particularly river boat cruising in Europe.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society ( or the VNA Hospice of Vero Beach (


An online guestbook may be signed at


Ann Milliard

April 16, 2020, 12:07 pm

I was shocked to learn of Fred’s passing. Please know how very sorry I am, and may happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time.

Jim Fernald

April 16, 2020, 2:47 pm

I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Fred. Fred came to visit me at the funeral home many times over the years and was always kind and we had some great conversations. Being both boaters we enjoyed story telling about times out on the high seas. More importantly we discussed the funeral industry and he gave me many embalming tricks of the trade I use today. Fred was a sincere gentleman and always had high regards for and looked forward to his visits. My sympathies to the family at this very difficult time

Robert Barnes

April 16, 2020, 3:54 pm

Dear Sue,
On behalf of our entire staff at Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home please accept our sincere condolences of the passing of your beloved husband. Fred was a familiar face over the years when he worked for Dodge Chemical. We always looked forward to his visits and to catch up on what was happening in the funeral profession. Fred always had a good story to share, and before leaving he would say “Are you sure that you have everything you need.” He was always professional and caring to help whenever we asked for his advise. We will remember his friendly smile, because it was definitely contagious. We are sadden to hear the news today about Fred’s passing. May he rest in peace. Robert Barnes & David Jones.

Peter J. Charron, Sr.

April 16, 2020, 5:24 pm

I am so saddened to read of Fred’s death. I met Fred when I first entered funeral service in 1980.
The fact he was a fastidious embalmer is secondary to his gregarious nature.
He didn’t hesitate to share his latest jokes.
May he rest in peace.
Peter Charron

Gary Smith

April 16, 2020, 11:46 pm

My sincere sympathies are sent to Fred’s entire family. You will not know me at all, but I have always had the highest regards for Fred’s integrity and his knowledge of the funeral business as well as the chemicals he sold. I always looked forward to Fred’s visits with us at Brookings-Smith, Bangor, ME where he was respected by us all. I remember vividly of Fred telling us how wonderful the Dodge Family were as they took care of him during the challenges he faced. My thoughts and prayers are will you during these difficult times.

Most Sincerely,
Gary Smith, Funeral Director
Brookings-Smith Funeral Home

Pat Surette and Rhonda Desrochers

April 17, 2020, 9:58 am

Sincere condolences to Susan and Fred’s family on your loss. Fred was a good friend to all who knew him, always willing to help others. May he rest in peace.

Roge Bouffard

April 17, 2020, 12:44 pm

Dear Sue and family,

Our sincere condolences to your family from all of us at The Fortin Group funeral homes of Lewiston – Auburn Maine. May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with Fred comfort you and your family, today and always.

Roger M. Bouffard
Senior Funeral Director

Clyde A. Walton

April 18, 2020, 2:59 pm

Fred was a great guy and he always had time for people. He represented our profession very well and I am sure he was a significant influence in making Dodge the great company it is. Deepest sympathy.

Kris Hilton

April 18, 2020, 3:51 pm

Fred was always a gentleman and I enjoyed having him as my Dodge rep for many years. He enjoyed what he did and knew his product. His visits were welcomed by everyone. I remember when I was young and beginning my career in funeral service, he would always make a point to talk to me, which spoke to his character. I am honored to follow in his footsteps with Dodge. May he rest in peace.

Brenda Bouchard

April 18, 2020, 5:14 pm

Dear Sue – I know it has been years since we have been in touch but I want to send our sincere condolences to you and your family. We were so saddened to read of Fred’s passing. We have very fond memories of him, such a kind man. We hope all your wonderful memories you have made over the years will help you during this difficult time.
Brenda & David Bouchard

Eric L. Annis

April 21, 2020, 12:09 pm

My condolences to all of Fred’s family. He was a fine man and always a joy to visit with on his many stops here at Lary Funeral Home over the years. He was knowledgeable and thorough when asked for help . May many great memories bring you peace at this difficult time. He will be missed!

Kelly & Gerry McKillop

April 24, 2020, 3:40 pm

Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your loss. You and your entire family are in our thoughts at this time. We wish that we could take care of you and your extended family at this time like we normally would, but alas, that is impossible.

Kelly & Gerry McKillop

Barbara, Jonathan, Shana and Shelby Hodosh

April 27, 2020, 6:38 pm

Dear Sue,
We were so sad to hear about Fred’s passing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts.
Barbara (Kathy Gifford’s sister), Jonathan, Shana and Shelby Hodosh

John Mitchell

May 8, 2020, 1:57 pm

Dear Sue,
I was so sad to hear of Fred’s passing. I have many fond memories of our years of friendship. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
John Mitchell

Doug Stone

May 18, 2020, 12:46 pm

Fred was always the consummate sales representative for Dodge Chemical Company. He faithfully made his calls every four months and his sales calls were always most welcome. He had a great deal of knowledge, which he gladly shared with his fellow funeral directors. He never spoke badly about anyone, which was something I always admired. His son Fred III, was a chip off the old block. I miss both of them.

I am happy to have had the joy of having Fred as my Dodge representative for 20 years.

Doug Stone,
Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home,
Winchendon, MA

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