Frederick Taylor Fay

frederick fay
Fay, Frederick Taylor Frederick Taylor Fay, age 101, of Elim Park, Cheshire, formerly of Seaview Ave., Branford and Yale Ave., New Haven, passed away in the Hospital of St. Raphael on Dec. 1, 2009 after a brief illness. Beloved husband of 67 years to the late Ruth Jean Lowery Fay, beloved father of June Fay Waddington of Darien and Louise Fay Despres of Westport; grandfather of Elizabeth Waddington Bernhardt, Heather Waddington Hanson and Frederick Leon Despres. Also survived by three great-grandchildren. Born in Hartford, May 11, 1908 son of the late Frederick Dexter Fay and Amy Ferris Fay. He graduated from the Syracuse University School of Architecture and the Fontainebleau American School of Fine Arts in Fontainebleau, France with a diploma in architecture. He took graduate courses at Columbia University. He was an AIA certified architect and worked on presentation drawings of churches, schools, and service stations for Mobil Oil. He also designed homes and home renovations. During the depression era, he worked on the railings of the George Washington Bridge for the Port Authority of New York City. He taught art and mechanical drawing for over 30 years at the former New Haven High School, Hillhouse and Cross High Schools in New Haven and Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge until his retirement in 1966. His great passion was being a watercolor artist and he taught watercolor at the Creative Workshop in New Haven and at Elim Park. Recently he co-taught with Esther Tompkinson, an accomplished artist and former student, also of Elim Park. Relatives and friends may attend a Memorial Service on December 8, 2009 at 11:00 AM in Nelson Hall at Elim Park, 150 Cook Hill Rd. Cheshire, and may attend a Memorial Service on December 12, 2009 at 1:30 PM in Spring Glen Church, 20 Glen Parkway, Hamden. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104; National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, VA 20190-5362 or to The Smile Train, 41 Madison Ave., 28th Floor New York, NY 10010.

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  1. Mr fay was a great teacher. He taught me at Amity for four years, and encouraged me to explore different media. He was responsible for my continuing on with my artistic hobbies. Mr. Fay will be remembered fondly. I send my deepest condolences to his family and friends.

  2. To Fred’s Family, With sympathy and shared thoughs from the Clinton Art Society. Fred was an active member of our group for many years and contribued much heip during the 1960-80 era. I remember him telling me the story of how he used to paint paintings of the large cruise ships in the NYC Harbor. Sketching them before going to work,early in the am. He would then sell them to the Captains of the ships! Wonderful man! With Sympathy from Joanne McCarty, Co-Chairman, CAS, And Clinton Art Society Members

  3. It was with sadness that I read about Mr. Fay’s passing. But I read that he led a full and long life and I am glad that life was good to him. He taught me art at Amity HS in 1965-66. He was a strong reason why I went on into an advertising and graphic design career that continues today. Rest in Peace Mr. Fay – your family should be proud of you.

  4. I am the past activity coordinator of Elim Park Place in Cheshire. I have retired and moved to Orchard Park, New York but continue to get the Cheshire Herald.I was just reading the Dec. 10th issue and saw of your Dads passing. Your Dad encouraged my interest in watercolor and I so appreciated every workshop and demonstration he gave at Elim Park. I am the proud recipient of one of his works of art, which he presented to me when I retired. I cherish it. What a delightful man your father was. I have just became a member of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society and this past Fall attended a workshop down at Chautauqua. Just wanted you to know I am attempting to continue his love of watercolors in my life. I visited in October and am so glad I had a chance to see him then. Sincerely, Kathy Herskind

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