Fred Dushin
Fred Dushin

Frederick Arthur Dushin, 60, of Boxborough, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on March 20, 2024, surrounded by his loving family.

Fred was born in Cold Spring, New York, on Feb. 12, 1964. He was the fourth of five children born to Leona Hauff Dushin and Frank Edward Dushin, who raised their free-range brood on a horse farm in nearby Garrison, instilling in each of them a love of nature, adventure and a willingness to engage in hard work.

Fred attended high school at James I. O’Neill in Highland Falls, New York, and Northfield Mount Hermon in Northfield, Massachusetts. He later received a B.A. in Philosophy from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and an M.S. in Philosophy and an M.S. in Computer Science from Syracuse University, where he met his future wife.

Throughout his professional career, Fred worked as a software developer/architect for several companies in the greater Boston area and around the world, focused primarily on security and distributed applications. He served as a board member for the Boxborough Conservation Trust for 10 years; and numerous years as a soccer coach and president for Acton Boxborough Youth Soccer.

In his youth, when he wasn’t enjoying the company of good friends, Fred worked alongside his respected architect father, helping to draft and design contemporary homes and buildings throughout the Hudson Valley. While he did not pursue architecture as a profession, he employed his talents designing an expansive renovation of his family’s home in Boxborough, which he found deeply rewarding.

Fred enjoyed any time on the soccer pitch — playing, coaching, and watching his son play. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hiking, camping, flyfishing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Fred was also a consummate tinkerer in both vintage and modern-day inventions. He found solace both wrenching on his vintage Land Rover in his garage and devising — from scratch — the microcircuitry hardware and the software necessary to construct and control miniature electronic devices in his upstairs workshop.

Fred is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Marguerite (Margot) and their son Alexander, both of Boxborough; his siblings Christine (Kukel) of Hillsborough, New Jersey; Karl of Garrison, New York; Russell of Old Lyme, Connecticut; and Margaret (Megan) of St. Paul, Minnesota; his paternal Aunt Dorothy of Pleasantville, New York; in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends and colleagues. He made all of their lives richer and brought them much joy with his kind spirit, gentle demeanor, generosity, intelligence and keen wit and refined sense of humor.

There will be a Celebration of Life with family in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Acton Boxborough Youth Soccer, P.O. Box 745, Acton, Massachusetts 01720, or the Boxborough Conservation Trust (bctrust.org).

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  1. Rest in peace Fred. My deepest condolences to your family. Our paths crossed around 1968 or 1969 in nursery school or kindergarten and separated in 1977 when we moved away. However, all the years of separation doesn’t dull the fine memories of our childhood living in Garrison. I will always remember you as a kind and intelligent person who was way better than me at sports, with awesome long blonde hair and an uber-cool family. I left Garrison but Garrison has never left me. Rest in peace, my friend.

  2. My heart goes out to my friend Fred and family. Moving to Garrison in the early 1970s as a young kid, my parents told me not to go to the other side of South Mountain Pass, that where the Dushins lived. Turn out to be the coolest family I ever met, so down to earth. Endless rainy day with the Dushin boys playing chest. Riding motorbikes and other moto vehicles. Helping with all the horse chores, learning how to eat with chopsticks, sitting at a low table on the floor for dinner, not like my home lol. My little sister started taking horse riding lessons from Leona and she just loved it. The whole family was such a joy. I was attending Leona’s memorial and services a year or so ago I got to see Fred, Karl, Russell and Megan plus meet Christine for the first time. We all laughed & cried reminiscing old & new memories will never be forgotten my Garrison brother love and peace Sully

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