Fred Bost was born on March 12, 1938 to the late John and Pearl Bost,
in Monroe, North Carolina. He went home to be with the Lord on February
21, 2021. He was the youngest of eleven children who all predeceased him
except for a brother, John, who lives in the Philippines.
He attended public schools in North Carolina and Washington D.C.
before he moved to Detroit, Michigan with his siblings. He enrolled in the
US Army and received an honorable discharge in April 1958. After returning
to Detroit, Fred moved to New Jersey to pursue better job opportunities.
He continued his education at Essex County College and Bloomfield
College. He held various positions including Assistant Director of
Community Affairs of Essex County and he retired from the Essex County
He was always civic minded and active in the community of Elizabeth
and then in Irvington. In August 1963, Fred participated in the March on
Washington. In 1979, he ran for District Leader and beat the Democratic
Line A candidate and the candidate supported by the County Executive.
Shortly thereafter, he started a Civic Association, and the following year he
ran for Councilman. He was elected as the first African American Councilman
in the Township of Irvington.
Fred served as East Ward Councilman from 1980-1984 and again from
2000-2004. Between 1984 and 2000, he served on the Planning Board
and Board of Adjustment both in Irvington. After moving to Barnegat, he
was elected as a District Leader. For the past several years, he served on the
Barnegat Planning Board.
He was a member of Calvary Gospel Church, Newark, NJ until he moved
to Barnegat where he is a member of Bayside Chapel. He was a greeter and he
particularly loved his Wednesday Night Sermon Series Group. He enjoyed
the piano and loved to play the saxophone any chance he could get. He was
an avid sports enthusiast and played tennis, was a runner, and carried his golf
clubs wherever he traveled.
He leaves to memory his wife Sara; two sons Olatungi (Cheryl) and Kenneth
(Sherry); four daughters Nina, Kimberly (Lenard), Latasha and Sybil; ten
grandchildren Kaci, Andre, Zuri*, Michael, Jahchey, Sierra, Nakal, Daria,
Niani and Zora; two great-grandchildren Genesis and Kasen; as well as a host
of nephews, nieces, other relatives, and friends.
Visitation will be held on Friday February 26, 2021 from 11am until the Funeral Service at 12noon at Bayside Chapel 965 West Bay Avenue Barnegat, NJ 08005.
Private Burial will be at the Brig. Gen Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements under the care of Maxwell Funeral Home, Little Egg Harbor.