Frederick S. Allen, 85, died Friday, July 29, 2011, at the Knox Center after a brief period of declining health.

Born in Clarks Harbor, Nova Scotia, Canada, he was the son of Frederick and Evangeline Stordart Allen. At the age of 9, he moved here and attended local schools. He was a 1944 graduate of Rockland High School, where he was active in all sports. Throughout his high school years, Fred served as captain of the track, baseball, football and basketball teams. He also served a term as Student Council president.

Shortly after graduating, Fred enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served until his honorable discharge in 1946.

Returning to civilian life, Fred began a career as a lobsterman, fishing until his retirement out of Spruce Head. His last boat was the FV Helmar.

On Feb. 14, 1998, he married Barbara E. Grover Gamage. The couple made their home in Rockland since that time.

He was a life member of the Rockland Lodge of Elks No. 1008, Winslow-Holbrook- Merritt American Legion Post No. 1, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Rockland Memorial Post No. 2499.

At the Rockland Lodge of Elks, he enjoyed playing horseshoes and at one time, with another Elk brother, held the state championship horseshoe title.

Fred was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. He very much enjoyed getting together for reunions with his classmates, and was particularly pleased to participate in the 1944 class reunion just three weeks ago.

Other than his parents, Fred was pre-deceased by two brothers, Owen Allen and Keith Allen. He is survived by two daughters, Rosemary Meyers and her husband Jim; Belinda Anderson and her husband Barry; six step-daughters, Donna Dennison and her husband Steve of St. George; Edna Stevens and her husband Alfred of Tuckerton, N.J.;Gail Willey and her husband Jerry of Warren; Karen Spearin, Rebecca Gamage, both of Rockland; Gretchen Drake and her husband Scott of Lincolnville; three step-sons, and their wives, Gary and Bonnie Gamage of Rockland; Craig and Vickie Gamage of Warren; David and Sharon Gamage of Woolwich; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; many step-grand and great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives are invited to visit on Wednesday, Aug. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland, where a memorial service will be conducted by the Officers of the Rockland Lodge of Elks at 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held Thursday, Aug. 4 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Robert Manning will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.