Frederick W. Townsend

Born: Sun., Nov. 4, 1934
Died: Sat., Sep. 30, 2017

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            Frederick W. (Bill) Townsend, 82, of Mt. Holly Springs, PA, passed away Saturday, September 30, 2017 at his residence. Bill was born November 4, 1934 in New Eagle, PA, not far from where his great-great-great grandparents, Daniel and Lydia (Sawin) Townsend, settled in Washington County, October of 1779. He was the son of the late George W. and Vivian Elizabeth (Varner) Townsend.

            Bill was a graduate of Clairton High School, Class of 1952, and the Pennsylvania State University, where he earned his Bachelor's of Science and Master's Degree. A veteran in the United States Army, he served from February, 1953 to January, 1956 with over two years in the European Command. Working in the computer field, Bill was employed by the Navy and the Defense Information Systems Agency, Mechanicsburg, PA. During his employment, he was honored with The Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, The Navy Superior Civilian Service Award, and The Defense Information Systems Agency Meritorious Civilian Service Award. After 34 years of service, he retired in 1996 as the Computer Center Director.

            An avid hunter, fly fisherman and fly tier, Bill's passion took him from the Margaree River, Nova Scotia to the flats of the Florida Keys, including fishing in various waters throughout Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Tennessee. Bill's memberships included: Fly Fishers Club of Harrisburg; Atlantic Salmon Federation; life member of the Big Spring Fish and Game Club; life member of The American Legion, Post 674, Mt. Holly Springs; Washington County Historical Society; AARP; National Association of Retired Federal Employees; and the Penn State Alumni Association.

            Bill is survived by his wife, Joan Townsend of Mt. Holly Springs; two sons, Fred W. Townsend of Mt. Holly Springs and William K. Townsend of Newville; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, George Robert Townsend.

            Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by Hollinger Funeral Home and Crematory, Mt. Holly Springs, PA 17065. Online condolences may be made to

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Connie Hosler Starner
   Posted Thu October 05, 2017
My sincere condolences go out to the Townsend Family at this sad time. I had the utmost respect for Fred in his leadership at the Navy and DISA activities. He was a great man to work for. May you hold your memories close to you during this very sad time.

Connie Hosler Starner
Murrells Inlet, SC

Tina hughes
   Posted Thu October 05, 2017
Mr Townsend was a wonderful man he was a very caring and cheerful person.I was his caretaker and I enjoyed the time I spent with him.I also became Best friends with his Wife .He has a wonderful family I will miss him very much.My prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

Loretta & Charles Bear
   Posted Fri October 06, 2017
Charlie and I would like to give our deepest sympathy and prayers to Mr Townsends family. He was a wonderful and caring man to work for. When he passed you in the halls at the Navy Depot he always said hi or stopped and spoke to you. We enjoyed very much working for him and was sad when he retired. You will make a wonderful angel in Heaven.

   Posted Sat October 07, 2017
Godspeed Daddy Bill. I am one of many that were blessed to have known you.

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