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GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ--On June 22, 2021, Frederick C. Anzide, age 90 passed away.  A resident of Sewell for the past 20 years or so Mr. Anzide was a long time resident of Gloucester City. Loving husband of 65 years to Barbara Ann (nee Tyler). Devoted father of Lori (Robert) Kenney, Cathy (Paul) Bennett and Lisa (Paul)

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Fred Anzide (circa 1950's)

Sebastian. Devoted grandfather of 9 and great-grandfather of 9. Dear Brother of James R. (Lucille) Anzide and the late Amerinda D. Joiner.

Fred was born and raised in Gloucester City and graduated from Gloucester High School.  He was active in the Gloucester City Democrat Club for many years along with the Gloucester City Lions Club.  Mr. Anzide was a Gloucester City Councilman.

Earlier in life he  was a member of  The Rock A Bops which evolved from an early 50’s group called “The Harry Vee Five”.  The group, active from 1951 through late 1954, consisted of bandleader Harry Verfaillie on sax, Rose Perigine on piano, Johnny Barkham on drums, Fred Anzide on bass and Harry's wife, Joan Weber handling the vocal duties. Harry and Fred had been playing together since the 1940s and were both charter members of the Gloucester City, New Jersey-based Garden State String Band. 

Johnny, Fred, and Rose formed the Rock A Bops. The Rock A Bops performed at many South Jersey nightclubs and entertainment venues, including Murray's (known later as the Green Briar Restaurant), Andy’s Log Cabin, Lindenwold Inn (also known as Charlie Ventura’s), Lou Palma’s, Jack Downey’s, the Hurricane in Wildwood and Bay Shores in Somers Point to name just a few.  They also made many appearances at the Erie Social Club in Philadelphia along with the famous artists appearing there on the weekends. The group continued to work well into 1984 with various musicians joining.

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Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his visitation on Friday, June 25 from 9:30 am to 10:45 am at St. Mary’s R.C. Church: 426 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 am in the church. 

Family requests memorial donations in Fred’s memory to St. John of God Community Services: 1145 Delsea Drive, Westville, NJ 08093. Please write in memo: Fred Anzide.

Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Frederick C. “Fred” Anzide. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142