Frederick "Fred" Edward Potter, 67, of Brookfield, died Dec. 1, 2009, at home after a battle with cancer.

Mr. Potter was born Dec. 30, 1941, in London, England, second son to the late Mary and Victor Potter.

Mr. Potter moved to America in 1974 while working for Reader's Digest. He then settled in Brookfield in 1976.

His job took him all over the world, where he made lifelong friends along the way.

One of his proudest accomplishments was his 23 years of sobriety where as a "Friend of Bill" he made many new friends.

Mr. Potter enjoyed golf, horse racing and spending time with his family lounging by his pool.

Always active throughout his life, Mr. Potter was slowed by three hip surgeries. He made good friends while rehabilitating at Danbury Hospital and Bethel Health Care Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Potter's fight with cancer began in 2006.

Although he was thrown a few tough blows in his later years, his faith and strong will kept him going.

Mr. Potter is survived by his wife, Rita; two sons, Lawrence, and his wife, Lynn, of New Milford, and Roger, and his wife, Bonnie, of West Simsbury; six grandchildren, Amanda, Xavier, Wilson, Eleanor, Jane and Marshall; a younger brother, Tony, and his wife, Eloise, and their family, of London; a sister-in-law, Rose and Jim Nitchen, of Aylesbury, England; and many nieces and nephews.

The Cornell Memorial Home of Danbury was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Little Sisters of the Poor, 1365 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082 or to the Danbury Hospital Development Fund, Praxair Cancer Center, 24 Hospital Ave., Danbury, CT 06810.