Frederick Thomas Laug passed away on December 21, 2021 at the age of 87. He was born on December 17, 1934 to Rose (McGuire) Laug and Harry Laug in Verplanck NY the second of three children. Fred married his first wife Elizabeth “Betty” Belford on September 10, 1959 at St. Patrick’s Church in Verplanck. They raised their three boys – Brian, Robbie and Kyle in the house they built on 7th street in Verplanck next door to where he grew up. Fred was pre-deceased by his parents, son Robbie, wife Betty, sister Harriet (Laug) Boyle and brother-in-law Ken Boyle, and sister-in-law, Marianne (Dahlke) Laug.
Fred married his second wife, Vera (Morabito) Laug on November 5, 1988. They enjoyed their early retirement years in Pennsylvania and Florida playing golf, dancing and socializing. They returned to New York in their later years to live with Vera’s daughter Stephanie and Son-in-Law, George Melvin.
Fred is survived by his wife, Vera (Morabito) Laug of Hopewell Junction NY, His son Brian, wife Stephanie (Zulla) and grandchild Samantha of Buchanan NY; Kyle, wife Lori (Bleakley), grandchildren Marina Nadeau and Raymond (Alexis) Nadeau of Wappingers Falls NY; his daughter-in-law, Kimm (Dohan), grandchildren Christopher, Jake, and Alexis of Highland Falls NY; his step-children Stephanie (Belotti) husband George Melvin and grandsons Matthew (Lydia), Mark, and Luke of Hopewell Junction, NY; Lisa (Belotti) husband Ronald Wadwanski of Sarasota, FL, granddaughters Michelle, Tara husband Blaise Thorn. Great Grandchildren Hudson Melvin; Carter & Briella Thorn. Fred is also survived by his brother Walter Laug of Summerfield FL; niece Andrea (Laug) Beckwith, husband Ben and children Hailey, Shea, Brady of Stephentown NY; nephew Keith Laug, child Regan of Beacon, NY; niece Rosemary (Boyle) Lasher, husband Dennis of Verplanck NY; niece Laurie Boyle, husband Sal Fatigate of Bethlehem, PA and children Samantha and Isabella DeCicco as well as many close friends and extended family.
Fred graduated from Hendrick Hudson High School in the class of 1953 where he was a star athlete. After graduating Hendrick Hudson, he went on to play baseball for a professional minor league team and was even being scouted for the NY Yankees as a pitcher before a case of nephritis ended that dream. Fred graduated from Pace College. He had a life-long passion for baseball which he shared with his children and grandchildren. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and Notre Dame football.
He worked for New York Railroad and then for many years in NYC retiring as an Auditor for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. During his working years he regularly volunteered his time coaching youth sports including little league and various other local sports teams with his sons, nephews and nieces.
Fred was deeply dedicated to his community and catholic faith volunteering at St. Patrick’s church as an altar boy, lector, and long-time member of the Parish Council. Fred headed the committee for the 100th Anniversary reunion of St. Patrick’s school.
Fred was a published author – penning “My Village Memories” (2005) which highlighted his formative years growing up in “The Point”. Fred made friends wherever he went and he particularly resonated with young people and would engage them on a variety of subjects, including sports. Fred was a beautiful being and his light will be with us forever. His essence will live long in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, the Laug family requests donations to Hudson Valley Hospice 374 Violet Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. The family will be accepting condolences on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at O’Mara & Carpentieri Funeral Home 97 Broadway Verplanck, NY from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Church, 240 11th Street, Verplanck, NY 10596 on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at 11am. Interment will follow at St. Patrick’s cemetery.
O’Mara & Carpentieri Funeral Home
Verplanck, New York 10596
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