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Frederick Malcolm

August 14, 1941 — February 11, 2024

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Frederick Gerald Malcolm, born August 14, 1941, peacefully passed away at home on February 11, 2024.

Fred was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up on Long Island with his family. He graduated from Lindenhurst High School in 1959, and enlisted in the Air Force as a young man. He served in the United States Air Force until 1963. When he returned, he worked at Grumman Aircraft, which was where he met the love of his life. Frederick Gerald Malcolm and Patricia Marie Nelson were married in Hicksville, New York, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church on July 31, 1965.

They moved out west to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to make their new home and life together with their children. Fred started working in the construction industry. He was a skilled carpenter and did masonry work for new home construction. He was a hard working and loving father, and always supported his family. Fred and Pat were active members of Queen of Heaven Catholic Church and Risen Savior Catholic Church for many years.

During the 1980’s Fred started working for Klinger Constructors as a Project Manager. He had a long career with Klinger, working on many, many building projects around town. One of his most challenging projects in those early days was a radio tower on Sandia Crest. There are quite a few stories and memories of those adventures! He also worked on remodeling and building additions to several churches and church facilities over the years. Through some of those work experiences he developed a beautiful friendship with the Norbertine community at the Santa María de la Vid Abbey.

After Fred retired from Klinger, he worked for a time with PB&J’s Fathers Building Futures program. He taught woodworking skills and worked as a mentor to support young men transitioning into work. They did several projects with Habitat for Humanity, and he found this work very rewarding.

After several years of being retired and doing different kinds of work, he found that he couldn’t stay away from construction. He ended up working again part time for Snyder Construction as a mentor for project managers. He enjoyed working with numbers and problem solving large building projects, and he discovered that his passion really was anything related to building!

Fred loved the outdoors and being in nature. Some of his hobbies included fly fishing and camping. He enjoyed road trips and scenic drives around our beautiful New Mexico landscapes with Pat. They had many wonderful adventures and trips over the years, and they were devoted to each other. Fred also enjoyed spending time with his family, children and grandchildren. In his later years he continued to enjoy helping family and friends with home remodeling projects, and liked working with his hands. He was a great handyman, and if it needed to get fixed, he would do his best to take care of it!

Fred will remain forever in the hearts of his family. His children are Fred Malcolm Jr. (Emily) of Denver, John Malcolm of Albuquerque, Heather Malcolm (Tim Carrell) of Albuquerque, Bernadette Bernal (Lorenzo) of Estancia, and Rene Vides of Phoenix. His grandchildren are Ian Malcolm, Evelyn Malcolm, Javier Malcolm (Tyler), Enrico Malcolm, Merenciana Malcolm, Sevastian Malcolm, Ruben Carrell, Ginger Carrell, Jakob Bernal (Coline), Eladio Bernal, Ashley Vides and Antonio Vides. His great grandchildren are Gavin Malcolm and Ivy Grace Butler. He is also survived by his in- laws Denis and Maureen Nelson, his sister-in-law Liz Frey, his sister-in-law Tommie Joe Deaton (Bill Deaton) as well as many nieces and nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews, godchildren and many treasured friends, including his mischievous companion Kitty.

Fred was preceded in death by his wife Patricia Marie Malcolm, his mother Geraldine Malcolm, his sister and brother-in-law Brenda and Ted Wendland, brother-in-laws Glenn Frey and Harold Nelson, and also his parents-in-law Louise and Harold Nelson.

  • Celebration of Life & Rosary will be held Thursday, February 15 at 6:30 pm at French Funerals, 1111 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM. 

  • Memorial Mass will be held Friday, February 23, at 9:00 am, at St. Terese of the Infant Jesus Catholic Church, 3424 Fourth Street NW, Albuquerque, NM.

  • Burial service immediately following mass, at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM.

  • There will be a reception following the services at French Funerals, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM

Fred was a wonderful husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, grandfather, uncle, Godfather,  and friend. We will always remember his calm, steady presence, kindness, and of course, his love.  

If you would like, please consider making a donation in Fred’s name to: Annunciation House:, PB&J Family Services:, or to The Nature Conservancy Rio Grande Water Fund:

 May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face.

May the rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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Celebration of Life & Rosary

Thursday, February 15, 2024

6:30 - 7:30 pm (Mountain time)

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Memorial Mass

Friday, February 23, 2024

9:00 - 10:00 am (Mountain time)

St. Therese of the Infant Jesus Catholic Church

3424 4th Street Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 87107

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Friday, February 23, 2024

10:30 - 11:30 am (Mountain time)

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Friday, February 23, 2024

12:00 - 2:00 pm (Mountain time)

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