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Westchester County Industrialist Dies at Age 72

Frederic Booth Powers Jr., died at his home in Larchmont, NY on Tuesday, December 20th, 2005. Frederic Powers Jr. was born in the Bronx in 1933 to Irene and Frederic Powers Sr. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Virginia Van Deventer, four sons Christopher, Jeffrey, Stephen, Frederic III their wives and thirteen grandchildren.

Fred graduated Iona Preparatory and Fordham University. After college, Fred served as First Lieutenant in the Marine Corp at Camp Lejeune, NC, where he was in charge of a Tank Platoon. He later served as Brigg Officer in Marine Barracks at the US Naval Base in Brooklyn, NY. In 1957 he received an honorable discharge, then served in the Marine Corp Reserves while starting his civilian life.

Frederic Powers started in business owning a small fastener company founded by his father and developed it over the past 50 years to become the largest concrete fastener manufacturer in the United States. The company was started as the Rawlplug Company, Inc. based out of New Rochelle, NY. Fred added manufacturing in Michigan, Indianapolis and Chicago, acquired a Canadian company and established 28 locations in the USA. He felt his most notable achievement was the continued operation and expansion of the business by his four sons. In 1995 the business name was changed to Powers Fasteners, Inc. with the intended purpose of
international expansion. The company has continued to prosper adding locations around the globe including Australia, New Zealand, Europe and South East Asia. In February 2006 the company will open its new World Headquarters in Brewster, New York on its 16 acre site.

Fred Powers served on the boards of several charitable organizations throughout Westchester. He served as Chairman of the Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle as well as Chairman of the Pinnacle Health Care Group. In 1997, he was the Honoree at the Sound Shore Hospital’s Annual Gala at the Waldorf Astoria. He was the former President of the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle and was a former Board Member of the National Board of Junior Achievement. He served on the Board of Directors of Westchester Federal Savings and Loan. Fred was also Chairman of the Howard Foundation whose contributions were almost entirely earmarked for Westchester Charities. His most notable charities were those in Westchester and Vero Beach, FL. Fred was a devout Catholic and both he and his wife Virginia have been active parishioners of the St. Pius X Church in Scarsdale, NY for more than 38 years.

Fred Powers was honored by many of the charities and groups he served. He was awarded “Man of the Year” by the New Rochelle Boys and Girls Club; awarded Citizen of the Year by the Young Men’s Christian Association and given the Civic Achievement Award by the Knights of Columbus. The Savings and Loan Association awarded him the “Community Service Award” and he was inducted into the “Fastener Hall of Fame” by the National Industrial Fastener Association.

Fred and his wife Virginia have homes in Larchmont, New York and Vero Beach, FL. Fred belonged to Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, NY and Shenorock Shore Club in Rye, NY. He was also a member of Johns Island and Quail Valley located in Vero Beach, FL. Fred enjoyed golf, painting, and gardening in addition to his family, friends and philanthropy.

Services will be held at Coxe & Graziano Funeral Home at 767 E. Boston Post Road Mamaroneck, NY. (914)698-5968 on Wednesday and Thursday December 21st and 22nd from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. The Funeral Mass will be held Friday, December 23rd at St. Augustine’s Church at 18 Cherry Avenue (corner of Larchmont Ave and Cherry Ave) in Larchmont, NY at 10:00am. He will be buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Rye, NY. The family requests that donations be sent in lieu of flowers to Hospice of Westchester 95 South Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601 or Sound Shore Medical Center, 16 Guion Place New Rochelle, NY 10801.

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