Frederick W. “Fred” Adgate

May 2, 2011

U.S. Veteran

US Marine Corps

World War II Veteran

FREDERICK W. “FRED” ADGATE – in Woburn, May 2nd. Beloved husband of Margaret M. “Molly” (Kelly) Adgate. Devoted father of Mary Kathleen, Stephen W. and his wife Donna, and Paul F., all of Woburn, James F. and his wife Sue of Greenfield, Michael J. and his wife Mary of W. Roxbury, and Peter K. and his companion Nicholas Paul of Brisbane, Australia. Dear brother of the late Frank Adgate, Dorothy Harkins, and Florence McQuaid. Loving grandfather of Ryan, Justin, Jeannette, Sarah, and Sean, and great-grandfather of Jaidyn and Nathan. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, May 7th at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 100 Washington Street, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in the Soldier’s Lot at Woodbrook Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fred’s memory to the E.N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Attn: GRECC Unit, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730.

OBITUARY:

Frederick W. “Fred” Adgate of Woburn passed away at the E.N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford Monday evening, May 2nd, following a long illness. The beloved husband of Margaret M. “Molly” (Kelly) Adgate, he was eighty-five years of age.

Born in Chelsea, Fred was the son of the late Frank and Arabella (Keith) Adgate. He grew up in Revere and graduated from Boston Vocational High School. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943 and was a proud member of the First Marine Division. He served as a forward observer, a particularly dangerous job, scouting enemy locations in the islands of the Pacific. He participated in action against the enemy on Peleliu, Guadalcanal, the Palau Islands, and on Okinawa Shima, Ryukyus Islands. Having been injured in battle on two occasions, he was the recipient of two Purple Hearts.

After his honorable discharge in 1945, Fred was visiting the Chelsea Naval Hospital and met a young WAVE, a pharmacist’s mate named Margaret “Molly” Kelly. They married in 1946 and took up residence in East Woburn three years later.

He was initially employed by Atlantic Typesetting in Boston as a printer and composer until the early 1970’s. He then worked for the U.S. Postal Service in the East Woburn facility for fifteen years until his retirement in 1991.

A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Fred enjoyed being with his family, working long hours to provide for his six children. When they were young he coached Little League and was very involved in all their school and athletic activities. He was a devout parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church, where he served as an usher for many years and was a member of the St. Joseph’s Men’s Club. He also held membership in the VFW and the American Legion.

Fred was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Adgate, and two sisters, Dorothy Harkins and Florence McQuaid.

Surviving along with his beloved wife, “Molly,” are a daughter, Mary Kathleen of Woburn, and five sons: Stephen W. and his wife Donna and Paul F., both of Woburn, James F. and his wife Sue of Greenfield, Michael J. and his wife Mary of W. Roxbury, and Peter K. and his companion Nicholas Paul of Brisbane, Australia. He was also the cherished grandfather of Ryan, Justin, Jeannette, Sarah, and Sean, and great-grandfather of Jaidyn and Nathan.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, May 7th at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 100 Washington Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment with military honors will follow in the Soldier’s Lot at Woodbrook Cemetery.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fred’s memory to the E.N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Attn: GRECC Unit, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730.

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  1. To the real Master Chief, Molly and her family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Just know that your husband and father is comfortable in a better place. The memories and generosity you provided over the years will always be remembered. With my deepest sympathy,
    Master Chief (SEAL) Kevin Farrell

  2. My condolences to the family. Veronica (friend of Peter and Nicholas) Brisbane, Australia

  3. My condolences to all the members of the Adgate family. I will always remember Fred as a good man, and a good friend. I feel very fortunate to have known him.

    James A. Valente

  4. Rev. Thomas Hagstrom
    To my Aunt Molly and all of my cousins. I’m glad to have had all the fun times with you all and regret that I will not be able to be with you for the funeral Mass. I will be celebrating a Mass this Friday (May 6th) at Saint Vincent’s Home for Uncle Fred. To Aunt Molly: “Love your guts!” and to all of the rest my sympathy at your loss. To all of you: my heartfelt prayers!

  5. Adgate family,

    May peace which comes from memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    God bless,

    Charlie & Sandy Culhane

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