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Personal note from Carrie Bail, Fred's sister
Fred was remembered at two services thousands of miles apart.
At the UU Society of Newton, MA on February 9th, he was remembered at a Quaker-style meeting of family and friends, telling stories, reading poetry, listening to slack-key guitar music, and sharing food. Approximately ten extended family members and another thirty or so friends were in attendance. It was exactly as Fred would have wanted it to be.
At the Hawai'i Mountain Trail Club about half a block from Waimanalo Beach on the Windward side of O'ahu, at noon on February 17th, more than 100 people gathered outside under a pavilion and tent. There were again about ten extended family, some the same and some different from the gathering in MA. Friends from all aspects of Fred's nearly fifty year residence in Hawai'i gathered to "talk story" and to hear the beautiful slack-key guitar music of Kale Bannister, Fred's one-time teacher. We then shared a veritable mountain of potluck food.
Fred's ashes were scattered in Waimanalo Bay on February 18th as the sun rose spectacularly behind Rabbit Island. It was perfect.
Aloha, dear brother, until we meet again.
You will be much missed.
Frederick T. Bail was born on March 27, 1944 in Brockton, Massachusetts to Vivian Mae Gibbs - whose Cape Cod heritage emerged in Fred’s love for the beach - and to Richard Nelson Bail, Sr, whose roots in the wooded hills of western Pennsylvania informed Fred’s …