Fredric J. Klein of North Falmouth died July 28 at Massachusetts General Hospital after emergency surgery. He was 79.

He was the husband of Carolyn F. (Douglas) Klein, to whom he was married for 56 years.

Born in Nashua, New Hampshire, he was a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where he met the woman who would become his wife.

Mr. Klein was a captain in the United States Air Force in the Office of Special Investigations.

Following his time in the military, he worked in loss prevention for Big V Supermarkets and Star Market. He would go on to become Vice President of Loss Prevention at Staples when he was called on by the founder to head that department in the early stages of the company.

For the past 26 years he had enjoyed his time living near Old Silver Beach, where he loved to spend time interacting with everyone he met. He would also volunteer to help out whenever needed.

Mr. Klein enjoyed working on The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine crossword puzzles with his wife, reading a novel borrowed from Falmouth Public Library, or cheering on Boston sports teams; he had been a New England Patriots season ticket holder for more than 25 years.

He maintained a friendship with his closest classmates from Nashua High School, and organized the group’s monthly luncheon. When he traveled there, he would also visit with his cousin, Shirley.

In addition to his wife, he leaves his children, Jeffrey Klein of Southborough and Stephanie McBride of Franklin, and their spouses; and five grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, Edward Klein and Brina (Yezerski) Klein, who died in 1991 and 2002, respectively.

Services will be private.

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