John Thomas â€śJackâ€ť Fredericks 78, of East Hampton, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on March 10. He was the son of the late James & Marie (Fusaro) Fredericks. He was born Sept. 20, 1942 in New Britain where he then grew up. He graduated from New Britain High School in 1960 and went onto trade school to become a tool & die maker. Jack worked at Associated Spring, Barnes Group for over 25 years as a journeyman tool & die maker until his retirement in 2006.
At a very young age Jackâ€™s interest in music was ignited, he taught himself to play the guitar and sing, which became his lifelong passion. He played for many years in the band â€śThe Continentalsâ€ť and then in â€śThe Martin Brothers & Cousin Jack.â€ť He loved to brag about being in the opening band for â€śSteppenwolf.â€ť In his later years he was known as â€śJack & the Box,â€ť a one man band, singing and playing his guitar for various social functions. When he wasnâ€™t out playing a gig or strumming his guitar in the house, you could find him in the kitchen cooking up some new concoction that â€śyou just have to try.â€ť Of course, we would never get the full recipe, he always left out one ingredient so that he could keep making it for you. Jack loved spending time outdoors taking care of his many beautiful flower gardens or puttering around the yard. After his retirement he enjoyed many days out on the open road riding his â€śHarley.â€ť
Jack is predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Frances â€śFerrisâ€ť Fredericks. He is survived by his children Dawn Kryszpin and her husband Henry of Avon, Kelly Gustine and her husband Bruce of East Hampton, Kimberly Belanger of Bristol, and John Fredericks Jr. and his wife Dottie of Willimantic; his grandchildren, Blake and Kathy Kryszpin, Katey and Matt Valley, Chloe, Maddie, Carter, Clara, Parker, Emily, Jack and Nicholas; and his great-grandchildren, Caleb, Logan, Nolan, and Mason. He leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his special friend and companion of the last year and a half, Ann Abascal Robida.
Friends and family may call Spencer Funeral Home, 112 Main St, East Hampton, on Wednesday, March 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. A funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Thursday, March 25 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Church, 47 W High St, East Hampton. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com .