FORT EDWARD * Fred G. "Buster" Godfrey, 90, of State Route 4, Fort Edward passed away Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, at the Glens Falls Hospital.
Born in Glens Falls on Sept. 9, 1915, he was the son of the late, George F. and Leila (Ross) Godfrey.
He was a graduate of Fort Edward High School, Class of 1933, and as he said "continued his education at the college of hard knocks".
Fred was a retired tugboat master and pilot, having worked on Lake Champlain, the NYS Canal System, Hudson River, New York Harbor and Long Island Sound.
He was an amateur radio operator with the call letters of WB2GAL and operated a ham radio station from the tugboat.
He was a member of the Fort Edward Fire Department, a life member of the George Satterlee Hose Co. and served 30 years on their Board of Directors. He was also a former Trustee of the Sandy Hill/Union Cemetery Associate, a Trustee and Deacon of the Fort Edward Village Baptist Church, a member of the Fort Edward Historical Association and the Washington County Historical Association. He was also a member of the Steamship Historical Society of America and wrote many articles for their magazine. Fred was a dedicated bridge player and a former member of the Glens Falls Bridge Club. An avid NY Mets fan, he was hoping to see them play in the World Series.
At the age of 70, he wrote his first book, "Tugboats I Have Known". After this success, he proceeded to publish three more books about life on the canal and the feeder canal.
He loved working in his woodworking shop. He made many pieces of furniture for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Pa, as he was called by family, loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and especially his great grandchildren. He took pleasure in writing poems and limericks for the ones he loved.
Besides his parents, his first wife, Gladys (Busteed) Godfrey, his second wife, Betty (Ostrander) Murray Godfrey, and two sisters, Marion Smith and Dora Rabel predeceased him.
Survivors include his son George (Jigger) Godfrey of Wilton; a daughter, Patricia Kilmer and her husband, George, of Fort Edward; six grandchildren; Theresa Healey and her husband, Tim, of Argyle, Ann-Marie Boyce and her husband, Chris, of Ohio, Holly Shishik and her husband, Serge, of Greenfield Center, Ron Godfrey of Argyle, Fred Godfrey and Stacey Lyons both of Argyle; three step grandsons, Craig, Todd and Korey Kilmer; eight great grandchildren, Abbey Healey of Argyle, Gene & Leila Boyce of Ohio, Serge, Cory, and Poppy Shishik of Greenfield Center, Tyler Lyons, and Felica Godfrey both of Argyle; three step great grandchildren, Nichole, Heather and Kyle Kilmer, all of Fort Edward, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, at the M. B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 82 Broadway, Fort Edward.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 11, at the funeral home with Rev. Ila Smith, pastor, Fort Edward Village Baptist Church, officiating.
Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Fort Edward.
The family suggests that donations be made in Fred's memory to the Fort Edward Village Baptist Church, Broadway, Fort Edward, NY 12828 or the Fort Edward Fire Department, Broadway, Fort Edward, NY 12828.