Frederick J. Mesinger (Poppy) was born on March 2, 1930 and passed away peacefully on August 17, 2020 one month after his beloved wife, Joanne Mesinger (JoJo) passed away. Married for 68 years, he has joined her in their Catboat sailing the heavens. They are survived by their 3 children; Mark Mesinger (Judy), Lisa Pontius (Dave) and Spike Mesinger. They have 3 grandchildren; Sam Pontius (Kristen), Jake Pontius (Amy) and Alison Mesinger. They were fortunate enough to enjoy their three greatgrandchildren; Charlotte, Miller and Lily Pontius.
Fred had a very full life, growing up in the Bronx and Briarcliff Manor, New York. Growing up, Fred was affectionately called “Fritz.” He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War then returned and graduated from Iona College. Fred and Jo married while serving in the Marine Corps and started their family shortly thereafter. Upon returning from his military service, Fred joined Brennan Motor Corp., a very successful family owned Cadillac and Oldsmobile dealership in Mount Vernon, NY. Later, Fred desired to be his own boss and started Best Oldsmobile in White Plains, NY, and then Datsun Town in Amityville, NY. During that time, Fred and Jo settled in Chappaqua, NY, where they resided for 18 years while raising their family.
Fred, Jo and the 3 children spent their summers vacationing on Cape Cod mostly in Harwich and Wellfleet. After the children left the nest, Poppy and JoJo moved to Truro in 1977 to start a new life where Fred worked with the Thomas Brown Real Estate Co. Seven years later, they moved to Marstons Mills and became members of the Wianno Yacht Club and the Hyannis Yacht Club. Fred was also a member and President of the Osterville Men’s Club for many years. After 30 plus years there, they moved to Osterville where they resided with their daughter, Lisa.
Frederick Mesinger was very charismatic, always had a winning smile ready on display, honest to the core, loyal, fun, polite, a fantastic father, a great bartender, game player, sailor, outdoorsman and just an all-around great guy! Anyone that met him liked him instantly. He loved to make everyone laugh and was quite good at it, especially with the one-liners.
Another important facet of Fred was his never-ending love of music. It was playing all the time and in every room. Not only that, but he sang in the choral group for the Osterville Men’s Club. As a member, he bowled and played golf and on the side, played poker with a group of his friends almost to the very end. He was a good time golfer and a colorful dresser known for his bright shirts and socks. Poppy will be sorely missed by everyone whose lives he touched.
Poppy and JoJo always put family first spending many a day with them on their Catboat, Buttercup, sailing out of Crosby’s. They would take their grandchildren sailing and swimming around Sampson’s Island to a special spot they lovingly named Petey’s Cove. Sailing was Fred’s passion and he usually incorporated family activities around the boat, even if it was just having cocktails in the harbor watching the sunset. Poppy’s sailing highlights came when the family entered the Figawi Race in 2010 and won First Place in the H Class Division. Not only that, he was honored with the Best Performance by a Cape Cod Boat, Non-Spinnaker Class as well. At 80 years old, Fred said “he felt he’d died and gone to heaven!”
A memorial service for both Fred and Jo will be held on September 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Mosswood Cemetery, 280 Putnam Ave., Cotuit 02635
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. You may send a check to WHOI, MS #40, Woods Hole, MA 02543 or visit www.whoi.edu/ give now and click on “I would like to give in memory of someone special.” Cape Cod and the seas were an integral part of both JoJo and Poppy’s lives. The family feels this institution best represents their interests at heart.