Fred Howard Leech died yesterday afternoon at 1 o’clock at his home on Main street. Mr. Leech had been in poor health for several months but suffered a severe shock about a week ago and had been in a critical condition since then.
Mr. Leech was born in Chicopee, Mass., 55 years ago, the son of Julie E. and George Leech. When a young man he lived in Everett, Mass., and while there married Avis Bickford of that city. From there they moved to Altoona, Penn., where they lived until coming to Oakland about 18 years ago.
Mr. Leech was a public spirited citizen in every sense of the word. He was chairman of the local branch of the Red Cross and great worker in all the war work. He was also prominent among the Sons of Veterans, having been past department commander and had held many offices in that order.
On Memorial day for many years he had acted as marshall.
He belonged to the Masonic orders in town, being past master of Messalonskee Lodge, F. and A.M. and past high priest of Drummond Royal Arch Chapter, and at the time of his death held the office of Royal Arch Captain in the chapter and captain of guards of Mount Lebanon council. Mr. Leech was a member of the United Baptist church and had sung in the choir there for a long time. He is survived by his wife, one son, Arthur Leech of Bangor, a daughter, Miss Clara E. Leech, who is the bookkeeper for Emery Brown Co. of Waterville, a little granddaughter, Mary Leech, of Bangor, a sister, Mrs. Clara Egbert of Brighton, Mass., and a half brother, George H. Gabriel of Allston, Mass. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Funeral services of Fred H. Leech will be held this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the United Baptist church, Rev. H.G. Kennedy will officiate and the remains will be placed in the tomb to await burial in the spring.
Burial at Lakeview Cemetery, Oakland, Kennebec, Maine