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Frederick C. Knox
November 21, 1936 ~ February 6, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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Frederick C Knox, 87, of York ME, passed away on February 6, 2024,at home after a
short illness. He was born in Medford, Mass., son of Webster S. and Margaret J.
Fred graduated from Suffolk University and subsequently taught Social Studies at
Hobbs Junior High School in Medford and Medford High School for a total of 36 years.
For many of those years, he coached the school’s baseball team, leaving a positive
impact on his players which is still felt today.
Fred leaves his loving wife Janet of 49 years, and his beloved children Rick (Erik) and
Becky (Rebecca), all of York. In addition, he leaves his sister Phyllis Connerney and
husband William, of Needham, Mass.; two brothers, Bruce and William Knox, of So.
Berwick, Maine; a brother-in-law, Robert Steele, of Millbury, Mass.; many nieces,
nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by two brothers, Webber and Robert
Knox, and a sister, Margaret J. Carroll, and his sister-in-law, Barbara Steele.
Fred loved playing baseball as well as coaching. He pitched for Suffolk University, as
well as for the Hosmer Chiefs, of the Intercity League. He was the most successful
pitcher in the Intercity League, with 116 wins. He was inducted into three Halls of Fame:
Suffolk University, City of Medford, and the Intercity Baseball Hall of Fame.
Fred’s love of American History was a passion throughout his life. With his best friend,
Ellis Lane, he restored a Victorian cottage on the Nubble, in York Beach. In addition, he
and Janet moved and restored a colonial house in Medford, the John Oakes house.
After they moved to Maine in 1984, they purchased the John Banks house, c. 1680.
Fred maintained his friendship with Ellis Lane and Gordon Lewis, former teammates
with the Hosmer Chiefs, and their wives, and continued to meet for coffee with an ever-
widening group of sports fans on a weekly basis.
Fred often quoted “A nation that has forgotten its history is like a man who has lost his
memory.” He loved this country and flew the American flag with pride daily. There was
nothing he loved more than a crowd of friends, the ocean, and his family above all.
There will be a Celebration of Life at First Parish Church in York, Maine, on Wednesday,
April 24, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of