POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- Hermann “Fred” Roth, 79, of Vero Beach, Fla., and a longtime Pound Ridge firefighter died on Thursday, June 8, following a long illness.
Born on Sept. 10, 1937, in Niebelsbach, Germany, Roth came to this country at the age of 18. He served in the U.S. Army and became an American citizen while stationed in Hawaii.
Roth was a member of the Pound Ridge Volunteer Fire Department for 35 years as well as a member of the Pound Ridge Board of Fire Commissioners. He served as past president of the Westchester Association of Fire Districts and was a board member of the New York State Association of Fire Districts.
He worked as a stone setter of fine jewelry, a trade he learned in Germany and crafted many exquisite pieces of custom jewelry over his long career.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years Rosalie Quade Roth; three children, Margaret Roth, Christian Roth (Kainoa) and Erica Dignan; five grandchildren, and two sisters, Frieda Meister and Hilde Rosswag (Deiter) and several nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents as well as a brother Al Roth and sister Margaret Roth Hoffmann.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. July 15 at St. Patrick's Church in Bedford followed by burial at the Pound Ridge Cemetery.
The Pound Ridge Fire Department will host a reception to follow the services at the cemetery.