Bluffton, SC — Frederick T. Coder of Bluffton, S.C., passed away in his sleep Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 95 years old. Mr. Coder was born February 15, 1918, in Jersey City, N.J., preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary of 71 years. It was 76 years ago that Mary and Fred met on a blind date at a dance club sponsored by Simmons College and MIT. They were paired by height as dancing partners. Fred and Mary lived a spirited life filled with love and compassion for one another and for their family, always exemplifying lofty standards of love, marriage, friendship, faith and family for us all.
In 1941, Mr. Coder graduated with honors from MIT with a degree in electrical engineering. First employed in New Jersey by Bell Systems, Mr. Coder patented several electrical devices for the telecommunications and automotive industries and was responsible for directing the installation of a sub transatlantic communication line for military use from New York to London during WWII. In 1948 Mr. Coder built his first home from the ground up in Groveland, MA, where he lived for 30 years with Mary and their three children. He retired after 40 years of service with Bell Systems and Western Electric in North Andover, MA, to a newly constructed home in North Hampton, N.H., in 1979. While at Western Electric, Mr. Coder was instrumental in developing a process for growing quartz crystals for use in telephone products. Present day quartz crystal growing technology is used the world over for electronic components in digital equipment, mobile and optic communications, video equipment and in PCs as an exact source of electrical signal.
Mr. Coder is survived by three children and their spouses, Sally Coder Gates and her husband, Melvin; Donald Coder and his wife, Dara; estranged son Richard Coder, and his wife, Jane; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: A private memorial service was held for burial of Mary and Fred's communed ashes on a glorious, sunny afternoon in the Atlantic Ocean. May they both rest in peace now that they're reunited. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Tidewater Hospice at 10 Buckingham Plantation Drive, Ste. A, Bluffton, S.C., 29910, on behalf of Fred and Mary Coder.
The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. For more information, visit www.theislandfuneralhome.com.