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Frederick Goldrup

Date of Death: October 19, 2016

Date of Birth: April 28, 1934

Biography:

Auburn – Frederick Goldrup, 82, a five year resident of Clover Manor died at the Hospice House of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice. Fred was born April 28, 1934 in Brunswick, Maine, to Clifton M. and Ruth Butt Goldrup. The family moved from South Freeport to Lisbon Falls in the Spring of 1943, where Fred received his education, graduating from Lisbon High School in 1952. In 1954 he completed a 3-year Business Administration Course at Bliss Business College in Lewiston. He taught Computer Literacy in the Auburn Adult Education program for 5 years. He was a radio DJ (Fred the Collector) on WRXV in Auburn and WCOU in Lewiston in the early 1980s, educating his listeners to the lore and music of the American West. He loved the authentic music of Hawaii which he also aired. His extensive record collection included cylinders to CDs. He was a Member of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and maintained a section of the trail in Monson. In 1980, he created the MATC Newsletter (The MAINEtainer) serving as Editor for 20 years. He was a lifetime member of the Maine Country Music Association and the DownEast Country Music Association. In 2013 he was inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1976 he helped write Maine's Anti- Piracy Law to protect Maine songwriters and artists. He was directly responsible for the Law establishing MOXIE as Maine's Official Soft Drink in 2005, earning a Lifetime Member status with the New England Moxie Congress. In early 2013 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maine Health Care Association. Fred was a Fourth Generation member of the Knights of Pythias, and enjoyed serving as Prelate in the St. George Lodge #37 in Brunswick. Creating his alter-ego (Taurus, the Magical Clown) in 1953, Fred entertained residents of nursing homes throughout New England with feats of magic, ventriloquism and comedy for well over half a century. "Taurus" was a , regular in the MOXIE Festival Parade in Lisbon Falls, never missing a parade, rain or shine. Fred served for 8 years on the Advisory Council to the Maine Division of Deafness. He retired from work with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Court Records Section, in Augusta in early 2005. Fred loved Genealogy. He found his family migrated from the village of Guldrupe on the island of Gotland, off the coast of Sweden in the 1400s. He was an Elder in the Auburn ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints. In 1966 he married the former Patricia Snow in the Salt Lake Temple, and fathered three sons, Darrell (of Waldoboro), John (who predeceased him in 1996), and Jason, Sr. (of Gardiner). Besides his surviving sons, he leaves eight Grand-children, a sister, Phyllis Greim, a niece, a nephew, two Grand-nieces and one Great-grand-nephew. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 6-8PM at Funeral Alternatives, 25 Tampa St. Lewiston. A funeral service will be held at Funeral Alternatives on Saturday, October 29 at 10 AM. Interment will be in the Family Lot at Grove Cemetery in his home town of Freeport, Maine following the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice c/o Androscoggin Hospice House 15 Strawberry Ave, Lewiston or to the Freeport Historical Society, Harrington House, 45 Main St., Freeport, Maine 04032.

 

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