Hinsdale, N.H.- Clayton W. “Tony” Fecto, 86, of Hinsdale Heights, a longtime resident of Hinsdale died unexpectedly early Saturday morning, October 28, 2017 at his home.
Tony was born in Brattleboro on July 1, 1931 and was raised and educated in Ashuelot later attending Hinsdale High School. While in high school he excelled in baseball and was later offered professional contracts with the Boston Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates which he declined because of family commitments. He was also a member of Hinsdale High Schools first varsity basketball team.
He had been employed as a shipping manager at the former Boise Cascade Company in Brattleboro where he retired from in 1992 following over 25 years of faithful service with the company. Previously he worked at the former BookPress and American Optical Company both in Brattleboro.
Active civically, he coached both Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball in Hinsdale and was the originator to help spearhead the building of the pavilion located in Hinsdale. In 1995 Tony organized the volunteers and local contractors which made the project a success.
He was a communicant of Saint Joseph’s Parish where he served as a server and greeter.
Of his leisure time activities, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and loved attending the harness horse races at the former Hinsdale Raceway. He also enjoyed puttering around his home keeping a well-groomed lawn and yard. He will be remembered for his delicious peanut butter fudge with chocolate topping.
Tony was a faithful and devoted husband and loving father and grandfather whose life centered around his family.
On August 14, 1954 at the Winchester Federated Church he was married to Beverly A. Kempton who survives.
Besides his beloved wife of 63 years he leaves, three sons, Michael Fecto and wife Sally of Sandwich, MA, Terry Fecto and wife Jane of Surry, NH and Stephen Fecto and wife Anne of Hinsdale, two sisters, Ramona Wilcox of Keene and Barbara Porter of Winchester.
Additionally, he is survived by three grandchildren, Elizabeth, Kathryn and Brian, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother, Elizabeth Tracy, one sister, Helena who died in childhood and five brothers, Albert “Bucky”, Robert, Milan “Bummy”, Clarence “Peanut” and Richard, “Oscar”.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10:00 A.M. at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hinsdale. Committal Rites and burial will follow in Saint Joseph’s Cemetery.
Friends are invited to call at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 6 P.M.
Memorial contributions in Tony’s name may be made to, Saint Joseph’s Church 35 Brattleboro Road, Hinsdale, NH 03451, or to the Hinsdale Athletic Dept.,49 School Street, Hinsdale, NH 03451.