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Fred F. Scherer, 98
1915 - 2013
TOWNSHEND, Vt. -- Fred F. Scherer, artist, died at Valley Cares in Townshend, Vt., on Nov. 25, 2013, surrounded by family and friends.
He was born on March 1, 1915, in Queens, N.Y., to William and Mary Ellen (Gerken) Scherer. He was the last remaining of nine children.
From 1934-1972 Fred worked at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, creating and collaborating on numerous dioramas that are still on display. Millions have seen his work and the dioramas are recognized worldwide.
In 1967, Fred produced a Peruvian desert mural at the World's Fair in New York.
Fred and his wife, artist, Cicely Aikman, retired to Friendship. There he consulted for the Maine State Museum in Augusta where he also painted dioramas.
A tireless, energetic spirit, Fred invented countless practical devices, some deterring squirrels from bird feeders. He was an early supporter of the 'modern organic gardening movement.' He was a wonderful self-taught pianist who played by ear. He enjoyed fishing in Friendship Harbor with his lobstermen friends.
Fred attended the Advent Christian Church of Friendship, for many years, and more recently, the Calvary Chapel in West Townshend, Vt.
Fred is survived by his second wife of 44 years, Cicely Aikman Scherer; and by his four children with his first wife, Marguerite, who is predeceased. His children are William, Janice-Ellen, Deidre, and Gregory; their husbands and wives; adopted daughter, Kim and stepson, Paul; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a large extended family. Fred made many friends during his life who will all miss him.
All are welcome to memorial services on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m., at Valley Cares, 461 Grafton Rd., Townshend, Vt., and on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m., at the Calvary Chapel, Route 30, West Townshend, Vt. Receptions follow both events.
Donations can be made in
Fred's name to:
Valley Cares
461 Grafton Rd.
Townshend, Vermont 05353
or to Calvary Chapel
Route 30
West Townshend, Vermont 05359

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from Dec. 1 to Dec. 5, 2013
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