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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
Frederick Feibel

Frederick Feibel

July 28, 2020
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Fredrick "Fred" Feibel, DVM, of Barbourtown Road, Canton Center, passed away peacefully in his sleep on his Canton farm of 53 years.

Born in Meriden, CT, in 1925, Fred began life with true horse-power, using the animal to plow and till his family's farm which sustained them thorough the Depression.

Fred trained as a pilot in the Army Air Corps in WWII, then completed his undergraduate and M.S. degrees at the University of Connecticut. He earned his D.V.M. at Oklahoma A&M College, graduating in 1955 and returning to CT where he worked as a large and small animal veterinarian at a practice in Middlefield, CT.

Fred and his wife Miller established the Avon Veterinary Clinic on Main Street in 1958, living on the second story with their two young sons. In Avon he was a member of the Lion's Club and active in St. Alban's Episcopal Church in West Simsbury. In 1967 the family purchased 16 acres in Canton Center, restoring an old farm into a paradise of ponds, barns, and woodlands. Here he bred beef cattle, pigs, and bees, and resumed his life-long love of raising chickens (mostly Rhode Island Reds and Barred Rocks), housing them in the coop that he built as a boy in Meriden and sharing their bounty with friends and family until age 93.

An active organic gardener and true gentleman farmer until his stroke last year, Fred could be found in his oversized garden, ceaselessly tending to crops of radishes, beets, pole beans, raspberries, tomatoes, and squash. He was convinced that a summer squash could never be too big. An avid fisherman, hiker, and skier, Fred loved and sought to protect nature in all its forms and was an ardent supporter of conservation issues at all levels. He was a founding member of the Canton Land Conservation Trust, serving in various capacities including President, and today visitors can visit Trust land and walk the Fred and Miller Feibel Trail.

Fred's wife of 48 years, Miller C. Feibel, passed away in 2000. He is survived by his two proudest achievements, his sons Dr. Craig S. Feibel (Marsha Smith) and Dr. Frederick C. Feibel (Hannah Rubenstein); two cherished grandchildren, Samuel J. and Hallie R. Feibel; sisters Lois Gillane and Myrtle Berlandy. Pre-deceased by sister Shirley Cosker. He also leaves many beloved nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. The Vincent Funeral Home in Canton has care of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canton Land Trust ( or the Roaring Brook Nature Center ( Please visit Fred's "Book of Memories" at for online tributes.
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Arnie Goldman

Posted at 02:23pm
Back in 1989, before the widespread emergence of "emergency clinics", local veterinarians collaborated to provide emergency services for their clients after regular hours and on weekends and holidays. Together they eventually formed a practice called "the Animal Emergency Care Clinic" which operated at night out of Dr. Flickinger's daytime practice building on Prospect Avenue in West Hartford. (The building is now a pizzeria). I was fortunate to be the second veterinarian-manager hired there, and to have had Dr. Feibel as one of the board members and as a mentor. He was always kind and patient, and helped me mature as a clinician. I will always remember him fondly. Kind regards, Arnie Goldman DVM, Canton

George Looby

Posted at 12:51pm
It was my particular good fortune to have known Fred as a friend and counselor. I was able to gain many valuable insights into the many facets of veterinary medicine riding with him on farm and stable calls while he associated with the Pieper Veterinary Hospital in Middletown, CT in the mid -1950's. At that time I was a veterinary student at Kansas State with much to learn about the real world of the profession, Fred helped me get my feet wet. As luck was have it much later in my career I was fortunate to have one of his sons as a student at Tufts University. It was always my hope that would be able to pass on to him some small measure of useful formation that his dad had passed on to me. I am sure that there are no weeds in heaven but if there are they had better watch out. A long and productive life well lived.
George Looby

Emily Dahmer Walsh Posted at 07:26am

So sorry to hear about Dr. Feibel’s passing. He was such a great man. He took care of my family’s pets and was always there with a gentle way. He will definitely be missed by all

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