2015-07-10 / Obituaries

Frederick Conley

Frederick ‘Fred’ Charles Conley of Kennebunk died June 26, 2015 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarboroug at the age of 54. Fred suffered a massive heart attack while participating in a charity bike ride with his wife, Diane, on June 14. He died of complications despite the best efforts of the doctors and staff at Maine Medical Center.

Fred was born Nov. 8, 1960 in Waterville, a son of Thomas and Theresa ‘Grace’ Minnihan Conley. He grew up in Biddeford and Saco and graduated from Thornton Academy in 1979, where he played an active role in leadership and on the basketball team coached by Jedi Newman. He earned his BA in psychology from Columbia University in 1985.

Fred always had an interest in politics. During college, he worked on John Kerry’s campaign for State Senate. He loved the state of Maine and our country and followed the political goings-on closely, reading many news sources on a daily basis. He always talked about someday running for office.

Fred’s career path began at UNUM. He was lured away from UNUM to Hewitt Associates, where he met the love of his life, Diane. He brought her to Maine early on, introducing her to his family and this beautiful state. They were married in Kennebunk in 1990, and after stints in many states over the years, returned in 2013 to finally settle down. Fred was looking forward to retirement and the chance to travel and give back to the community.

Fred was an accomplished sales and busi- ness leader, and a recognized expert in the 401(k) investment and service industry. He was at the forefront of new developments in the industry. But his favorite part of the job was mentoring and developing others. Clients and colleagues alike respected and trusted Fred. He will be missed by the many friends he made while working at UNUM, Hewitt Associates, Work/Family Directions, Wells Fargo, American Express Retirement Services, CitiStreet, Genworth Financial, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, and Fidelity Financial Advisor Solutions. He fondly called his “people” FOF’s, Friends of Fred.

Fred was so proud of his daughter Allison. They had a special and close relationship. He loved attending her school events, meeting her friends, counseling her through the college selection process and other big decisions, and helping her plan her future. She so valued his wise counsel and will miss him deeply.

Fred enjoyed his daily walks with their dog, Parker, and hiking, skiing, and boating with his family. He was Diane’s greatest fan, and patiently sat through many a musical event and cheered her on at races over the years. They were soul mates and best friends, and dined out often in Kennebunk, meeting new friends and old acquaintances. Diane and Fred recently started to visit what Fred called the “greatest hits” of Europe, starting with Paris and London. Italy was to be next, in September, to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. He was looking forward to many more adventures in retirement and to them growing old together. He always told her they were “in it for the long haul.”

Fred is lovingly missed by his wife, Diane; their daughter, Allison; his brother, Michael Conley, and wife, Susan, of Kittery; his sisters, Kathleen Michaud, and husband, Joseph, of Westbrook and Patricia Conley of Saco; his brother in law, John Arndt, and wife Lisa of Berwick, Pennsylvania; and his three nephews and one niece. Fred was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Philip Conley.

A Memorial Service was held Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at South Congregational Church in Kennebunkport.

Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to:

Family Lifeline, Richmond, VA (familylifeline.org);

Carlisle Academy Charitable Foundation, Lyman, (carlislecharitablefoundation.org); or Thornton Academy, Saco, ME (thorntonacademy.org)

Arrangements in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk.

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