Frederick R. Serley, 81
HAVERHILL — Frederick R. Serley, of Haverhill, 81, a retired teacher, tax-examiner and sportsman, died on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011 at Merrimack Valley Hospital, following a brief illness. He had been a patient at Academy Manor in Andover following a major car accident and stroke in 2009.
Born in East Syracuse, N.Y., he attended school in Ononadaga Hill, N.Y. He graduated Central Square High School, New York, in 1948. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, spending 19 months in Japan as a Chemical Corps instructor. After leaving the service, he played professional baseball for the Philadelphia Philles organization in Pennsylvania and North Dakota. In 1959, he married Margaret (Fancher) of Syracuse, N.Y., and graduated from Syracuse University. He went on to achieve an M.A. in Education in 1960, also from Syracuse University.
After several years teaching upper elementary school, he entered Andover-Newton Theological Seminary in 1963. While there, he served as student pastor at Gilford Community Church in Gilford, N.H. In 1967, he returned to his teaching career in elementary education, serving in Stoneham and Pollard School in Plaistow, N.H. After retiring from teaching in 1987, he worked as tax examiner at the Andover IRS until 1995. Fred spent many years coaching Little League and Babe Ruth baseball. He loved travel, bird-watching, music (especially Broadway musicals), politics and puzzles. He was noted for his youthful appearance and his outgoing nature. He was guided by the principle, "Lift the level of suffering wherever you go."
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margaret Serley, and daughter, Diane Serley, both of Haverhill. He was predeceased by his son, Stephen. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Ruth Hutton of Houghton, N.Y., Joanna Fancher of Tempe, Ariz., Amy Serley of Contonment, Fla.; nephew, Roderic Hutton and wife Carolyn, and their children, Olivia, Roy, Wes, and Rosie, all of Madbury, N.H.; nephew, Willard Hutton and his wife Donna, and their daughter, Brooke, and son, Tyler and his wife Kelly, all of Holland. Additionally, he is survived by many other nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Memorial service to be held at West Parish Church in Andover, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to West Parish Church or The Jimmy Fund. Arrangements are under the care of the Conte Funeral Home of Andover.