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Frederic H. Kirberger

ALEXANDRIA TOWNSHIP, NJ - Frederic H. Kirberger, 91, of Alexandria Township, NJ, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at his home.

Born on April 3, 1927 in Orange, NJ, Fred lived in Millburn, Maplewood, Morris Plains, and Basking Ridge before moving to Alexandria Township, NJ, in 1990.

Fred was a graduate of Columbia High School, where he played varsity basketball. After his service in the U.S. Army, he attended Syracuse University, majoring in commercial design. It was there that he became a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and a life-long fan of Syracuse basketball.

Professionally, Fred was an executive in a number of New York and New Jersey advertising agencies, eventually owning an agency in West Orange and Morris Plans, NJ.

Recreationally, Fred was a member of the SCCA, racing sports cars at Sebring, Watkins Glen, and numerous hill climb competitions throughout the Northeast. He was a distinguished oil painter, with artwork in galleries throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Massachusetts. He was also a well-know face in the world of Barbershop Harmony. As a creative force in The Dapper Dans of Harmony, he was instrumental in their efforts to win the international championship twice. He also sang tenor in the Main Street Four, winners of numerous local and regional competitions.

Above all, he was a generous, kind, funny, and easygoing man.

Son of the late Harold and Lillian (Hertzel) Kirberger, Fred is survived by his son David Kirberger and his wife Gail of Port Murray, NJ, his three daughters Anne Fahey and her husband Daniel of Alexandria Township, NJ, Amy Lopas and her husband John of Jessup, MD, and Gretchen Masterfano and her husband Daniel of Summit, NJ. He is also survived by his six grandchildren Eric, Lauren, Mallory, Justin, Tony, and Andrew, and his great-granddaughter Layla. Fred was predeceased by his ex-wife Elizabeth Nimmo Kirberger, his sisters Augusta Blaetz and Suzanne Roemer, and his brother Robert Kirberger.

Funeral services will be private. Arrangements are under the care of the Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Road, Milford, NJ.

 

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