Frederick "Fred" M. Zinser, Jr., 85, passed away peacefully in his home on Dataw Island, SC on Sunday, September 15, 2013. Fred was born on May 12, 1928 in Queens, New York to the late Frederick M. Zinser, Sr. and Elsie Mueller Zinser. Fred spent his childhood in Maspeth, NY before serving in the army at age 17. Just two weeks before Fred left for Japan, he met his bride to be, Dorothy Nowatzy, on a blind date. They celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on August 19, 2013. Fred attended the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and graduated in 1951 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering later pursuing a master's of business administration at New York University. Fred had a successful 42-year career, primarily covering all aspects of the copper telephone cable manufacturing business, both domestically and internationally, initially with Anaconda, then with Essex and United Technologies. Fred achieved the title President of the Telecommunications Products Division. Fred had a lifelong hobby of collecting model trains. He shared this hobby with his son, making a layout under the Christmas tree each year. In the mid 70's, Fred obtained his private pilot's license. He and Dorothy spent many hours flying to airports in Illinois and visiting family on the east coast, continuing to fly after moving to South Carolina. After retirement in 1993, Fred found a second "career" in boating, gaining knowledge and experience in the Beaufort, SC area in part with his wife Dorothy on their boat, Sea Dancer. He became an instructor and mentor helping teach the Beaufort Sail and Power Squadron boating classes. Fred was chair of a local team working in the Coop Charting Program for NOAA and pushed to correct local charts, earning the LeVange Cup for excellence in charting more than once. Fred was a seamanship instructor and was a recognized expert and source of guidance for navigating the waterways. He served as Commodore of the Dataw Island Yacht Club in 1999. In addition to his wife Dorothy Nowatzky Zinser of Dataw Island, SC, Fred is survived by one son, Frederick M. Zinser, III (and wife Becky) of Denton, MD; one daughter, Carol Zinser of Denton, MD (and special friend Russell Williams); one brother, Richard Zinser (and wife Lee); four grandchildren: Colleen Berkey, Claire Watts (husband James), Brian Zinser (wife Amanda), and Abbey Wroten; one great-grandchild, Aidan Bouldin, one niece Allison Powers (husband Paul), and nephew Robert Zinser (wife Emily). The family suggests that donations be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, 157 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort, SC 29907 or the charity of one's choice. Memorial services will be held on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 11:00am at St. John's Lutheran Church.