Frederick J. Bunce, 86, of Housatonic died May 25, 2020, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Fred was born Feb. 26, 1934, in Mill River, son of John and Mary (Markham) Bunce. He was a graduate of the Mill River High School class of 1951. Fred proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in Korea. After his service, he returned home and worked at the Jenifer House. Fred had a career as a car salesman for Chevrolet, Buick and GMC for 46 years. He worked for F.W. Spalding and Sons, Whitaker Chevrolet, and Condor until his retirement in 2006. Fred had a love for life and family, living each day to its fullest. He was a member of the Earth Angels, he skied at Butternut until he was 80 years old, he loved dancing, was an avid tennis player, owned and rode a 1937 Harley Davidson, and was an avid Red Sox fan. Fred loved going to school plays, concerts and sporting events at Monument Mountain Regional High School, especially the basketball games. Fred’s wife, Julia (Rathbun) Bunce, whom he married in 1954, predeceased him in August 1975.
Fred is survived by daughters Susan M. Bunce of Maryland and Mary E. Booton and husband Ian of Great Barrington; one sister: Lela Marion of Mobile, Alabama; two grandchildren: Richard V. Cardillo and wife Katrina of Pittsfield and Dana M. Wood and husband Chris of Falls Village, Connecticut; and one great-granddaughter: Evelyn Julia Wood. In addition to his wife, Fred was predeceased by his son, Richard F. Bunce; daughter Julie M. Bunce; five brothers: John, Joe, Dick, Jim and Tom Bunce; two sisters: Nellie Stupak and Evelyn Small; and three half-sisters: Etta Ives, Viola Detrola and Minnie Markham.
It is with deepest regret that Fred’s funeral service with military honors will be private out of concern for the health and safety of his friends and family due to the threat of coronavirus. Fred’s family will hold a celebration of his life at a later date when his friends and family can gather. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Fred’s memory may be made to either HospiceCare in the Berkshires, SBVAS or Fairview Hospital in care of the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME, 33 South St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com.