Charles Owen Frederick, a loving father and wise and witty friend, died on Friday, June 20, 2014 at age 58. To his Pennsylvania family and friends, he was Owen; to his New York crowd, he was Charlie, to others he was simply Charles.
Born on Nov. 17, 1955 to Ruth and Charles F. Frederick, Jr., Owen had three sisters—Sharon, Carol, and Anne—who doted on him. He was raised on the family farm in Wayne County, appreciating the beauty of the Pennsylvania woods in all seasons. He received his degree in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Pennsylvania State University. In 1981, he married Kristine Naugle, formerly of Montoursville.
Working as a commodities broker for E.F. Hutton, Williamsport, Charlie transferred to New York City. He and Kris settled in the new neighborhood of Battery Park City. Hannah, Emma, Cora and Uriah followed, and the Frederick family became rooted in the rhythms of Lower Manhattan. He never lost his connection to his rural roots, bringing many friends to the family farm, introducing them to the joys of skiing, camping, lake swimming and good country fare.
On the morning of 9/11, Charlie and Uriah watched as the Twin Towers fell, just two blocks away. They walked out through smoking rubble, re-united with Kris and the girls, and were among the first families to return weeks later when the building reopened, ready to help rebuild the neighborhood.
In 2007, Charlie, then a freelance analyst and consultant, learned that Pennsylvanian acquaintances were receiving calls about gas leases. He researched Marcellus Shale, understood the potential, and wishing to help protect landowners’ rights, studied geology, consulted lawyers and became a representative of Pennsylvania landowners. He was a founding director of the board of Pennsylvania’s branch of the National Association of Royalty Owners, an associate member of the National Association of Division Order Analysts and an associate member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Charles, moved by the philosophy of Dr. R. Maurice Boyd, was active on the board of directors of The City Church, New York City. The City Church disbanded upon the retirement of Dr. Boyd and the Frederick family began attending services at the John Street United Methodist Church.
Charlie’s zest for life was legendary. As his physical capacity for travel diminished, he sent his family on adventures—to explore far-off countries or to paddle down the Delaware River with only a tent and some matches. He cherished Kris and his children and was devoted to his mother, Ruth. He was and continues to be loved by many people whose lives he touched in countless ways.
Funeral services are Wednesday, June 25, at the John Street United Methodist Church, 44 John Street, New York, NY at 1 p.m.
Gifts in memory of Charles Owen Frederick may be sent to: Wayne County 4-H Scholarships, Penn State Extension Office, 648 Park Street Suite E, Honesdale PA 18431 or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (www.themmrf.org).