Obituary for Fred Alvah Windover
Fred Alvah Windover of Beacon Street, Boston, died Monday December 4. He
was born April 29, 1938 in North Adams, Mass., the first child of Fred B.
and Honorita B. Windover (née Collins). Fred was a graduate of Drury high school, and president of student
government. He attended Brown University where he graduated with honorsin Economics. He also received a JD from Duke University law school. Fred worked briefly in Florida before returning to the Berkshires to work atas in-house legal counsel forSprague Electric in 1968. He served as Vice-President, General Counsel for many years. He continued with Sprague Electric through many transitions and worked for Allegro Microsystems until his retirement in 2009.
Fred served on various boards in the Northern Berkshires including: The Williamstown Theater Festival, the North Adams Hospital, and the Massachusetts College of the Liberal Arts. He was a member of the
Williamstown Housing Authority while it developed Proprietors Field. He was also a member of the Massachusetts Council for the Arts, a board member at the Worcester Art Museum, and a founding member of the Florida Lounge Historical Society.
At age 16 he was invited by Sox Ryan to visit a friend where he caught the attention of Joan McLelland. Fred and Joan dated continually until 1960 when they were married at St. Francis Church in North Adams. They raised a family together primarily in Williamstown. They have lived together in Boston for the past 25 years.
Fred is survived by his wife Joan (née McLelland) of Boston; son Caleb Windover and his wife Silvia of Seattle Washington; son Tucker Windover of Arlington, Mass.; and daughter Hannah Quinn and her husband Matt of Dudley, Mass.; eight grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition he is survived by his brother Mark Windover and his wife Debbie of Williamstown,and sister Laurie Alt of Colchester, Connecticut. He was pre-deceased by his son Fred B. Windover and his sister Faith Magner.
A lover of the arts, he was a regular at Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow, and The Williamstown Theater Festival. On a typical summer day he could be seen at Tanglewood in the morning, Jacob's Pillow in the afternoon and the WTF in the evening, dressed in his jacket, necktie and fedora.
Fred was a wordsmith and loved a robust political debate. His ability to craft a legal argument had friends and family regularly seeking advice. Not just a talker, he would listen to someone until they knew they had
been heard. Fiercely loyal, if you were a friend of Fred’s, you were a friend for life!
A celebration of Fred Alvah Windover life will take place April 29, 2018 at a time and place to be noticed. In lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested for Mass General Hospital. To add to the Book of Memories please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.