Greensburg man persevered through life with hope, grace, humor

August 19, 2018 GMT

Frederick Enfield was quiet and quick-witted. And he loved a good prank.

His wife, Sharon Enfield, recalled the time he found a Mercedes-Benz emblem and wired it to the front grill of a friend’s Chevrolet.

It took the friend a long while to notice the addition to his car. It only took a moment to figure out who the culprit was.

“I think that he really did value the people in his life,” she said, describing her husband as a loyal friend who always made an effort to keep in touch. He was everyone’s “neighborhood buddy,” always ready to chat or lend a hand.

Frederick Wayne “Chips” Enfield, 91, of Greensburg died Saturday, Aug. 4, after a battle with cancer.

Born July 14, 1927 in Rockwood, he was the son of Harry W. And Charlotte Morrison Enfield.

Mr. Enfield grew up in Greensburg and attended Greensburg Salem High School. He graduated from Saint Vincent College in Unity.

He worked for Bell of Pennsylvania, now Verizon, for 32 years. In retirement, he enjoyed raising vegetables, especially tomatoes, and trying out new recipes on his wife and daughter. Among his favorite recipes were his ham loaf and strawberry shortcake biscuits, which were always served for dinner, his daughter, Suzanne Mitchell said.

Mr. Enfield also served in the Navy for 11 months, and was later drafted for the Korean War, serving as an Army staff sergeant at Yokohama Engineer Depot in Sagami, Japan.

It was there that he came to deeply appreciate and respect Japanese books and art, his wife said.

Though he never returned to Japan, Mr. Enfield did have the chance to travel to Honduras on a missionary-led trip to provide dental care to people living in rural areas.

He spent a week assisting dentists, traveling to remote areas around the interior of Honduras, his wife said.

“He just wanted to see justice for people,” said Mitchell.

An only child, Mitchell said she admired her father’s compassion. He believed in treating others -- both people and animals -- humanely, she said.

Mr. Enfield took his pal Rufus, a tiny Jack Russell-dachshund mix, everywhere, Mitchell said. He was adamant about walking the dog every day.

“He endured the things that he had to go through with hope, grace and humor,” she said, describing her father’s quiet determination during a decades-long battle with cancer.

Even as his eyesight started to deteriorate, he would use three different magnifying glasses to read the newspaper daily, she said.

“He never complained, he never gave up,” Mitchell said. “He just tried to continue doing the things that he could do, that he loved to do.”

He was an avid tennis player who played into his 81st year and remained committed to staying fit even when he was no longer able to take to the tennis court, Mitchell said.

Mr. Enfield was a lifelong member of the Elks Lodge and a member of the American Mutual Society in South Greensburg.

Mr. Enfield is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sharon Enfield, as well as his daughter, Suzanne Mitchell and husband Tracey.

Family and friends will be received from 11 to 1 p.m. Saturday at Barnhart Funeral Home, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Donations can be made to Excela Hospice.