Born in Fall River, a son of the late Ferdinand and Lillian (Palumbo)Mendes, Fred was a tool maker for ES Products in Bristol, and was a volunteer for Warren Fire Department, Engine 3. He was a HAM radio operator. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson and loved his South Cornell “kids.”
He was the brother of Linda Gray of Chicago, and uncle of Melissa Mendes of Warren, Taylor Lapane of Miami, Jennifer and Dawn Gray of Chicago, and the late Vernon Gray.
Arrangements are with Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, Warren, where the family received friends from Saturday, Nov. 24. A memorial service followed in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to RUFF, PO Box 568, Warren, RI 02885. Visit www.wjsmithfh.com