Fred was preceded in death by his father, Cornelius Tanis Hecht; his mother, Anna Ruth Marquette Hecht, of Mexico City, Mexico; and his brother Col. Robert Craig Hecht, of Sierra Vista, AZ. Fred leaves his devoted and loving wife, Karen Sue Edwards-Hecht, formerly of Roswell; son, Frederick Anthony Hecht, his fiancée Becky Peters; grandson Tyler Hecht; and extended family: Amanda, Chelsea and Cole Haley, all of Fairfax, VT; a daughter, Pamela Sue Hecht; granddaughter Karen-Marie Tanis Peterson, her husband Ryan and great-grandsons, Nathaniel Ryan and Elisha Tanis, of Fort Worth, TX.
Fred was born in Allentown, PA, on January 12, 1939. Fred’s family moved to Mexico City, Mexico, in 1946, and often took trips to New York City to visit family, attend Broadway musicals and Yankee ballgames.
At age 14, Fred and his mother took a steamer from the Yucatan Peninsula to New York City to attend a French pastry school. While living in Mexico, Fred became a member of the Boy Scouts of America and as an Eagle Scout, he attended the 1955 Jamboree in San Diego, CA. Fred’s love of fishing came from the many family vacations spent deep sea fishing in Acapulco and Zihuatanejo.
In Fred’s junior year of high school, he returned to the states and enrolled at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, where he excelled both academically and in rank. While at NMMI, Fred belonged to the German Club, the First Sergeant’s Club and the Officer’s Club.
Fred’s career began outside New York City as an engineer with Inter-Chemical Corp and he attended night classes at Fairleigh Dickinson University before joining IBM Essex Junction, VT, as an engineer. Fred traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Germany and France. After 30 years with IBM, Fred retired.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Dr. Laura McCray, who cared for Fred with such loving care over the past few years. Our gratitude is also extended to Jan Watt, Hospice chaplin and Brent Devenney, pastor of Daybreak Community Church for their spiritual support and guidance. Notice of a celebration of Fred’s life will be announced at a later date when the entire family will be able to be present.