THOMASTON – Frederick (Fred) Arthur Batten passed away on Thursday, March 4, 2021. He was the beloved husband of Joan (Belliveau-Hastings) Batten. Fred and Joan were best friends for 68 years and married for the past 50.
Fred was born in Waterbury on March 25, 1939, son of the late Arthur Batten and Bertha (Huff) Stevens. Fred was a graduate of Cheshire High School and a U.S. Navy veteran.
Including his loving wife, Joan, Fred is survived by his brother Robert Batten and wife Patti; his sister Barbara Sawyer; his children, Shelby Baz, Nicole Jensen, Alayne Julian and Stephen Batten; his four stepchildren, Nancy Mikulski, John Hastings, Michelle Lee and Kevin Hastings; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Fred was predeceased by his granddaughter, Paige Jordan Batten.
Fred loved to travel and especially loved Hawaii, where he lived for four years with his wife Joan. Fred had a great sense of humor and often entertained the kids watching cartoons on Saturday mornings. Fred worked at EFI in Thomaston as a tool maker for 30 years until he retired. As a young man, Fred had his pilot’s license and loved to fly. His wife Joan had her first airplane ride at the age of 16 with Fred and was grounded for three weeks because her father thought she was going to the movies. Fred continued flying with radio controlled airplanes for years after, many of which he built himself from kits. Fred was an avid New York Giants and Boston Red Sox fan and a member of the American Legion, Post 22 in Thomaston for 23 years. He loved the legion and the get-togethers with his fellow veterans. Fred was a kind and warm man who will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
We extend our deepest gratitude to the staff at RegalCare of Torrington for their compassion and kindness.
A celebration of his life will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Paige J. Batten Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 404, Thomaston, CT 06787.
Published in the Republican-American on March 10, 2021
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