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Fred Taylor Savage

February 12, 1937 ~ September 23, 2021 (age 84)


SOUTHBURY - Fred Savage, 84, passed away peacefully on September 23, 2021, following a brief battle with ALS. 

Fred was born on February 12, 1937 in Shreveport, LA to the late Fred Hawkins and Zulene Hadden. Zulene would later go on to marry Tom Savage, who adopted Fred as his own son.

Fred grew up in Miami and Jacksonville Beach, FL, and he would often share stories of how much he loved and cherished his time there. 

Fred graduated from Wacona High School in Waycross, GA, and went on to join the Air Force from 1955-1959. During his service, he worked as a load master and was able to travel the world, visiting all seven continents. It was difficult to visit places he had not been before, but we were able to find a few.

Following his service, he attended Ogelthorpe University in Atlanta, GA, earning a Bachelor's Degree in business administration. He went on to work in major consumer product companies as a customer service representative and a transportation manager for the military business. 

Fred married Catherine (Czysz) Savage on September 24, 1988. They became proud parents of their daughter Allison in 1993 and they made many memories together. Allie was the sunshine of his life--his most precious little girl no matter her age. The three enjoyed traveling the world, taking trips to Disney, attending concerts and Broadway shows, watching movies and television shows, and much more together. Fred was an avid reader of history books, enjoyed watching classic films on TCM, and immersed himself in 50s and 60s music. 

Fred is preceded in death by his parents Zulene (Hadden) Savage and Tom Savage, and his brother Thomas Savage. He is survived by his beloved wife Catherine, his loving daughter Allison, and his sisters Sally Hoy, Patsy Hersey, and Debbie Witt, as well as half brothers and sister, Steve Hawkins, Jeff Hawkins, Andy Hawkins and Barbara Frasier.

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at Carpino Funeral Home, 750 Main Street South in Southbury.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Fred at 11:00 AM on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Sacred Heart Church, 910 Main Street South in Southbury. Burial with military honors will follow at New North Cemetery in Woodbury.  The mass will be live-streamed from Sacred Heart Church and can be viewed by visiting  

Memorial donations can be made out to VA CT Healthcare System. Put ALS Clinic-Fred Savage in the memo line, and mail to: VA CT Healthcare System, 950 Campbell Ave., West Haven CT 06516, Attn: Voluntary Services 135.  The Carpino Funeral Home of Southbury has been entrusted with the arrangements. To leave a message of remembrance, please visit

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Public Visitation
September 29, 2021

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Carpino Funeral Home
750 Main St. South
Southbury, CT 06488

Mass of Christian Burial
September 30, 2021

11:00 AM
Sacred Heart Church, Southbury

Video is available for this event

Graveside Service
September 30, 2021

12:30 PM
New North Cemetery
87 Washington Avenue
Woodbury, CT 06798


VA CT Healthcare System
950 Campbell Avenue ATTN: Voluntary Services 135, West Haven CT 06516

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