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In Loving Memory of Frederick Burton Betts 1935 - 2019 - View Article

Frederick Burton Betts, a longtime resident of Phoenix, N.Y., passed away at his Main St. home on Friday, February 22nd, after a lengthy battle with leukemia. He was 84. Fred, as he was known to family and friends, was born in Phoenix and also lived for several years in Baldwinsville, where he had owned and operated an office supply store. Until retirement a few years ago, he ran his own sales and contract-cleaning businesses with customers located throughout Central New York.

Born January 1, 1935, in Syracuse, N.Y., Fred will be remembered by all who knew him for his charming smile and quick wit. Living on the Oswego River for most of his life, fishing was one of his main interests. As founder and curator of the Salmon River International Sport Fishing Museum in Pulaski, NY, he frequently gave talks on topics related to the museum’s collection and the history of sport fishing in the area. An avid antiques collector, he was especially knowledgeable of antique tackle and had amassed an impressive collection relevant to the history of fishing in New York State. He was a longtime member of the National Fishing Lure Collectors Club (NFLCC) and the Onondaga County Antiques Dealers Association.

A 1953 graduate of Phoenix Central Schools, where he excelled in high-school basketball, Fred then graduated from Paul Smith’s College near Saranac Lake, NY, where he also played basketball for the school’s winning team. Active in the community and in several clubs and civic organizations throughout his life, he was passionate about the history of the village that members of the Betts family have called home since 1870. Fred was also a lifetime member of the Congregational Church in Phoenix, serving as a deacon and also volunteering in various capacities on a regular basis.

Fred is survived by his children, Paula Betts Baker (John) of Derry, N.H., Stephen L. Betts of Nashville, Tenn., and Craig Betts of Phoenix, N.Y.; grandchildren Daniel Baker (Hannah) of Goffstown, N.H., Julia Baker Huffman (Timm) of Manchester, N.H. and Rachel Campbell (Ben) of Manchester, NH, great-grandchildren Jael, Ezekiel, Adah, Jace and Ruth Baker and Micah, Jonah and Leola Rae Huffman, and nieces Marta Crews and Leslie Lanier. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Betts, his father, prominent Phoenix attorney Burton Luby Betts, his mother Helen Mandel Betts Gallagher and his sister Marilyn Betts Ausman. Although other family members and friends are spread throughout the country, they join together in their sorrow knowing he will be fondly remembered by all those who knew him.

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