Frederic Philip Werner
Frederic P. Werner, 73, of Washington, DC; Palm Beach, FL; and West Stockbridge, MA, and former long-term resident of West Hartford, died November 15, 2005 following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Beloved husband, devoted father and adored and adoring grandfather, Mr. Werner was born in Brooklyn, NY April 17, 1932, the son of Eleanor Blatteis Werner and Edward A. Werner. Mr. Werner was raised in Great Neck, NY and graduated from The Hotchkiss School, Amherst College and Columbia University School of Law. Following his graduation from Columbia Law School, Mr. Werner practiced law in New York City. Mr. Werner moved to West Hartford in 1965 and joined the labor law firm of Segal and Werner as a partner. In 1967, Mr. Werner joined Connecticut Bank and Trust Company, where he served as, among other things, Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel of the Legal Department and Private Banking Division until his retirement in 1991. During the course of his legal and banking career, Mr. Werner served as the Chairman of the Trust Legislative Committee of the Connecticut Bankers Association; Trustee and President of the Business and Estate Planning Council of Hartford; a member of the Executive Committee of the Tax Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association; Lecturer for the Connecticut Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Connecticut Judges of Probate Assembly; member of the Banking Law Recodification for the State of Connecticut and a member of the United States Department Trust Study Group to Draft Reciprocal Legislation for Common Law Trusts in Civil Law Jurisdictions. Mr. Werner was a philanthropist devoted to his community and, during his many years of community service, served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Wadsworth Atheneum, The Hartford Stage Company, and the Science Museum of Hartford, and as the president of the University of Hartford’s Mortenson Library. Mr. Werner also served an unprecedented three-year term as the President of the Board of Trustees of the Mark Twain House and was instrumental in assisting the House’s transition to a true museum and research center. At the time of his death, Mr. Werner was active in giving educational lectures, and he was serving as a legal consultant to the Endowment Foundation of the Hartford Jewish Federation and Corporator of Hartford Hospital. He also was a member of the Cosmos Club, Washington, DC; Congregation Beth Israel, West Hartford, and Washington Hebrew Congregation, Washington, DC. Mr. Werner leaves his wife of over fifty years, Jacqueline Rosenfeld Werner; his three sons Kenneth E. Werner and his wife Rhea, Robert W. Werner and his wife Suzanne, and James S. Werner and his partner Suzanne Kho; as well as five grandchildren Allison, Katherine (Kit), Emma, James and Nathaniel, and his sister, Alice Charwat. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 17th, at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of the Weinstein Mortuary, 640 Farmington Ave., Hartford with Rabbi Stephen Fuchs officiating. Interment will follow in the Beth Israel Cemetery, Affleck St., Hartford. A memorial period will be observed at the home of his son, Kenneth, 343 North Steele Rd., West Hartford following the funeral through Friday afternoon and on Saturday evening. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rebecca K. and William H. Rosenfeld Fund for Religious Education at Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., West Hartford 06119, The Mark Twain House & Museum, 66 Forest St., Hartford 06105 or the Hartford Stage Company, 50 Church St., Hartford 06103. For further information, directions, or to share memories of Mr. Werner with his family, please visit online at

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