CAPT. Caswell

Obituary of CAPT. Frederic Caswell

CAPT. Frederic C. Caswell, Jr., USN, Ret., 78, of 2 Bryer Ave, Jamestown, RI, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at the Newport Hospital. He was the husband of Ruth E. (Farrington) Caswell. Born in Newport on August 21, 1929, he was a son of the late Frederic C. and Hannah W. (Grinnell) Caswell. Capt. Caswell was a graduate of Rogers High School, Class of 1947 and a graduate of Brown University, Class of 1951. After his schooling he was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy. From 1951 to 1954 he served on the Destroyer USS Hale. He was the Commanding Officer of the USS Amherst for 38 months, and completed two tours of duty on amphibious ships. While stationed in Philadelphia, he was the Commanding Officer of the Destroyer USS Lowry. Capt. Caswell was the last Naval Attache to the Republic of China in Taiwan from 1976 - 1979. He served at the Naval War College from 1980-1983 and retired from the Navy while in Newport. Among the commendations he received were the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal. He later went to work for the American Institute in Taiwan from 1984-1988. From 1989-1994 Capt. Caswell worked for Litton Industries as their agent in Taiwan. He was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Jamestown for his entire life. He served in several capacities including Treasurer of the church and as a member of the choir. Capt. Caswell was also a member of Save the Bay and was an avid sailor and reader. He enjoyed crossword puzzles as well as working on his computer. Besides his wife of 56 years he leaves his three children, Ellen S. Brady and her husband Joseph of Newport, James P. Caswell of Jamestown, Judith Cushing of Newport; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; a sister, Nancy L. Mason of Jamestown, and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Frank W. Caswell. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 1:00pm, at the Central Baptist Church, 99 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown, RI. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Capt. Caswell's memory to the Central Baptist Church or to the Jamestown Emergency Medical Service, Narragansett Ave, Jamestown, RI, 02835.
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