Fred Roland Moody, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away on March 6, 2021. He was 68.

Born on August 22, 1952, in Camden, he was the son of Waldo G. and Pauline A. (Robbins) Moody, Fred was the oldest of Polly and Waldo’s three boys. Growing up on the family farm in Lincolnville Center, Fred and the Moody boys spent their days reaping the benefits of life in a small rural town. Haying the fields, working the farm and riding around town with his friends, Fred did his best to stay out of trouble. A motivated and hard worker from the start, during his school years at Camden Rockport High School, Fred could be found working at Dean & Eugley’s. He graduated from Camden-Rockport in 1971. During his years as a young man in the midcoast, Fred met the woman who would be his lifelong partner and spouse, Margo Miller.

Fred and Margo were married on October 12, 1972, in an intimate ceremony on Mountain Street in Camden. Fred was drafted into the U.S. Army and left shortly thereafter for his training in Fort Sill, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and his eventual deployment to Germany where he served as a heavy artillery operator. Time away from his new bride was difficult, and the two exchanged letters for the better part of two years. It was during this time, on March 5, 1973, that Fred and Margo welcomed their son, Michael Dwight Moody into their family. It took a great family effort to alert the new father of his son’s arrival, as Fred was in the field training. Upon his return home in October of 1974, Fred began apprenticing with Earnest Jackson through an Army apprenticeship program, with the goal of becoming an electrician. On June 6, 1976, Fred and Margo welcomed a second son, Christopher Roland Moody, and their family was complete. During this same year Fred began constructing the family home on the Heal Road in Lincolnville. Set on a hill overlooking a field he hayed as a young man, and the Camden Hills, Fred knew the exact spot he wanted to build his life. He cut the lumber for the house using trees on the property, and with help from family and good friends, Fred built a house for his family. He and Margo raised their boys and made a home in the house that Fred built, all while Fred worked hard as an electrician. In the late 1980’s Fred struck out on his own, and started Moody Electric, a business he owned and operated until the day before he died.

In 1995, as their sons were grown and moving on into their own lives, Fred and Margo turned their focus back to farming and started the Moody Farm Cranberry Bog. Working the cranberries was one of Fred’s most cherished activities, as it meant time spent with family.

Often a man of few words, Fred was a man of many laughs. He was an enthusiastic storyteller and could often be found chuckling with friends over coffee, or telling jokes while sipping a gin and tonic outside his camper in South Arm. Fred loved to travel and explore new places. He was always making new friends and valued his time spent with them, old and new, both far and near. Camping, snowmobiling and fishing were some of Fred’s favorite things to do in his time off, made especially more enjoyable for him when grandchildren were included. He was a tinker at heart having beautifully restored a Model A, and in recent years, moving into a love of model trains. He hated mowing the lawn as he would almost always hit a rock, and eating leftovers, much to the aggravation of his wife and wonderful cook, Margo.

Family was everything to Fred. He was a devoted grandfather, and always had a smile on his face and joy in his heart when watching his grandchildren scamper around him camping or at home. His grandchildren were devoted to him in turn, and could always count on Grandpa Fred for a sweet treat, helpful advice or some quiet reflection while sitting on the porch of his house.

Those who knew Fred will cherish his memory forever.

Fred is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Margo; son Michael Moody and wife Annie Watson of Whitefield; son Chris Moody and Shanan Pease of Lincolnville; grandchildren Michael Moody Jr. and Kelsey Butler of Rockport; Oliver, Henry and Guthrie Watson-Moody of Whitefield; Grace, Silas and Christopher Moody of Lincolnville and Rockport; great-grandchildren McKenna Fogg and Audriana Moody of Rockport; mother-in-law Joanne Miller of Camden; brother Phil Moody of Lincolnville; two sisters-in-law, Vicky Moody of Corinth and Mary Moody of Bristol, and numerous in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, and brothers Tom and Dana.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Fred’s memory to The Boston Children’s Hospital, or to the Upper Cemetery Custodial Fund in Lincolnville.

Visiting hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 20, 2021, at the Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain Street, Camden. Private interment will be held in the Upper Cemetery in Lincolnville.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.longfuneralhomecamden.com.