January 7, 1926 - January 13, 2017
Fred Klein, a member of the Cruising Class in the 80’s and 90’s, passed away in Florida of Parkinson’s Disease on January 13, 2017. He and his wife Shirley actively sailed their Irwin 37, Kleinsloop. Fred owned Klein Sleep and they lived in Weston with their three children, Steven, Jeffrey, and Melissa. As described by Shirley, “The memories that Fred and I have always had of Our Time at the Cedar Point Yacht Club have been some of our most magical memories…that was a very special time for us.”
God brought home one of his shining stars. Fred Klein died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family (Shirley Klein, Missy Gaffney, Steve Klein, and Jeff Klein). We are blessed to know that his characteristics were passed on to his children and grandchildren (Jon Gaffney, Hannah Gaffney,Teagan, Kaela, Haley, and Na'ama). He was brilliant, intellectually inquisitive, had a great sense of humor, but most of all and under any circumstances, was calm, peaceful and one of the most gentle people. Fred was one of a kind and he will be greatly missed. Our lives have all been tremendously enriched by knowing him.