Frederick T. Koch
Frederick T. Koch, 75, avid fisherman, hunter, and well driller for more than 40 years, peacefully passed away on March 31 at Middlesex Hospital, Middletown.
Fred, or “Kochie,” as he was affectionately known, was born April 22, 1945, in Madison. Fred spent his entire life on Race Hill Road in Madison with his late wife, Judy Koch, in their cozy country farm home. Fred was a quiet and kind gentleman who worked hard, a breadwinner who provided, a husband who loved his wife, a father who loved his children, a grandfather who adored his grandchildren, a man who would give his shirt for a friend, and a neighbor who loved sharing his passion for nature and animals with all who lived on Race Hill Road.
Fred was predeceased by his parents, John and Elizabeth Koch. He is survived by his brothers John and George (Judy) Koch of Madison, son Tom Picard of Madison, grandchildren Alyssa Picard of Killingworth and Brooke Picard of Madison, great-grandson Jaxon, dog Harry, and small farm of goats, chickens, and ducks.
Over the last few years, there was no talk of extraordinary achievements or spectacular events, there was just talk of his loves: his love for the woman he met while playing pool over 35 years ago, his love for the children they raised and for their children’s children, his love of fishing and hunting, his love of NASCAR racing, and his love of the land and the house he lived in for 75 years.
Fred will forever be remembered for his gentle eyes, caring heart, and unconditional love. He was a simple man who has left a permanent mark etched in our hearts and will be missed immensely by many.
A private burial for close family and friends will be forthcoming. The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for him over the last few weeks. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to teach a child or an adult how to fish to the Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) program. To sign his online guestbook, please visit hawleylincolnmemorial.com.