ARLINGTON, Mass. — Frederick D. “Fred” Osgood, 72, formerly of Cumberland Center, died Sept. 13 in Cambridge, Mass., after a brief illness.

Born on April 28, 1939, in Portland, a son of Edward W. and Dorothy E. (Jewer) Osgood, he graduated from Greely Institute in Cumberland in 1957.

In his younger years he was a volunteer firefighter in Cumberland and worked at Frost Marina in Raymond, and later on worked at Varian Vacuum of Lexington, Mass.

He served in the National Guard and had a great love of American history, especially World War II history, and enjoyed guns and target shooting.

His unique, quirky personality defined him as a “character,” and those who knew him best will remember his love of his grandson Daniel.

His brother-in-law, Bernard Bowie of Yarmouth, predeceased him.

Surviving are his five sons, Geoffrey Osgood and wife Talia of Wakefield, Mass., Colin Osgood of Littleton, Mass., Dana Osgood, John Osgood, and Christopher Osgood, all of Smithfield; his sisters, Joanne Best Burton of Greer, S.C., and Sandra Bowie of Yarmouth, his brother, Edward C. Osgood and his wife Jane of Scarborough; his grandson, Daniel Osgood of Littleton, Mass.; several nieces and nephews; and his former spouse and good friend, Maryann Meeks of Littleton, Mass.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday, Sept. 23, from 10-11 a.m. at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth, with a memorial service to follow at 11 a.m.

Please visit to view a video collage of his life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with his family.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to All Care Hospice, 16 City Hall Square, Lynn, MA 01901.