Frederick J. Treiber II, 76, of Moosup, CT, known to family and friends as Rick, Uncle Rick or Toad, passed away on January 22, 2024.
Rick was born on June 19, 1947, in Providence, RI, son of the late Alwin Frederick Treiber and Evelyn Seaton Treiber. He is survived by his brother Thomas Treiber (Elizabeth) of Yarmouth Port, MA, their children (Rick’s nephew and niece) Daniel (Celine Bonnefous) of San Diego, CA, and Sarah (Tobin Wells) and their children (Rick’s grand niece and nephew), Evelyn and Tucker, of Wenham, MA, and many loving cousins and friends.
Rick graduated from Plainfield High School, class of 1965, where he was on the Student Council as well as the baseball, track and cross-country teams. Following high school, Rick earned his Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s Degree in Ecological Biology from the University of Connecticut. He was subsequently employed by the State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection at the Quinebaug Trout Hatchery where he worked until his retirement.
Rick was an avid golfer and fisherman. He enjoyed the outdoors and was never happier than when he was playing golf with his buddies, fly fishing or organizing snake and turtle hunts or fish hatchery tours for his niece, nephew and cousins. Rick excelled at golf which he learned from his dad, who made him practice for a full year before allowing him on a course. As a youngster, Rick played at the old Pomfret Golf Course which closed in about 1972 and in the Plainfield Golf League at the Foster Country Club in Foster, RI, where he teamed up with a cadre of low handicap golfers including, but not limited to, Henry Bennett, Roger Nelson, Pete Garosshen, Ted Babcock, Dave Gillon, Rocky Bedard, Tuomo Laaskso and Paul Faucher. Rick had a dry wit and enjoyed trash talking with opponents. He gave himself and his regular playing partners nicknames referring to himself as Toad, Pete as Badger, Ted as Buzzard, and Paul as Owl. According to Henry, Rick wouldn’t play unless there was a match or something on the line. Henry recalled that he and Roger won a match against Rick and Pete so decisively that, even though neither Henry nor Roger smoked, they lit victory (Red Auerbach) cigars on the 17th hole. Pete said that sometimes the member of the foursome who shot the highest number of strokes over his handicap became the Goose and was required to serve the other three their drinks and food. Ted said when Rick won a match, he pulled a replica fish out of his golf bag and made the loser put the money in its mouth. Rick’s final years of golf were at Quinnatisset Country Club in Thompson where he was a member.
Golf served as Rick’s main form of recreation and socialization, but his passion was the stock market. He had a deep and abiding interest in researching companies, their businesses, markets and financials which made him a skilled investor. He willingly shared his insights with family and friends. One of the stocks Rick identified ahead of many experts was The Cheesecake Factory which combined two of his favorite things – spot on stock picking and sweets. Rick had a knack for picking gifts too. He focused on need and interest and couldn’t wait to see his gifts opened.
Rick also loved animals. He kept ferrets as pets and donated to a variety of organizations that rescued/rehabilitated birds and other animals.
Although Rick struggled with health issues in the final years of his life, he always retained his sense of humor. He is profoundly missed by his family and friends who loved him. One friend remarked that Rick was a dear friend who had been part of some of the best times of his life and wished that they could have remained young and well forever. It’s too bad that Toad couldn’t play a final round with Badger, Buzzard, Owl and the rest of his gang.
Rick’s family extends a special thank you to friends who provided him with kind help and care.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Rick’s memory to The Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center, 4011 Main St., Barnstable, MA, 02630 (online @ https://capewildlifecenter.com/925-2/). A celebration of his life is being planned for this summer.