Broadmead Welcomes New Residents, Frederick & Patricia Yardley
By Elsa Collins
Fred Yardley's arrival at Broadmead follows a number of moves. Born in East Orange, NJ, he grew up in New York City and Massachusetts. The U.S. Air Force sent him to Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and Guam. His subsequent career moves took the family to Iowa, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maine, and then to Maryland—Middle River, Phoenix, and Havre de Grace.
A few months before leaving the Air Force, Fred married Patricia Biegler, a high school classmate. He then attended college, obtaining degrees from Dean and Babson colleges, both in Massachusetts. While a student, he worked in the maintenance department and as a residence director at Dean College.
His first job after graduation was with the W. Atlee Burpee Company in Iowa, as Golden Greenhouse production manager. After a year, he returned to Massachusetts, where he joined the Norton Company, a supplier of abrasives for commercial, household, and automotive refinishing applications.
During this time, Fred took up fencing. He also participated in his daughters' horseback riding activities, doing fence judging and scorekeeping. He coached his son's lacrosse team and served as Commissioner of Carroll Manor Lacrosse. Fred has also been active in politics and in his church.
Fred and Pat lived on the Bay in Middle River for 22 years, where they enjoyed boating and gardening. They still spend five months a year at their home on Ossipee Lake, NH, where they enjoy boating and fishing.
For many years Pat Yardley was a member of the Questers, an international organization devoted to the restoration and preservation of antiques. She developed a particular interest in toy lead figures made by W. Britain. She acquired lead horses, hound and riders, and a barn, which became the start of a considerable collection. This was not surprising, because Pat and her two daughters' hobby was horses.
Pat was co-owner of Horse and Tack Shop in Phoenix. Her daughters were active with the Elkridge–Harford Pony Club and rode to hounds, among other activities. Pat's son was not interested in horses but was active in sports.
Pat and her husband, Fred, were born at the same hospital in East Orange, NJ. Pat grew up in South Orange, NJ. When her senior year of high school arrived, so did Fred Yardley, who was there just for that year. Their ways parted when Pat went to Endicott College in Beverly, MA.
After graduation she got a job as an assistant dietitian at the Prudential Insurance Company in Newark, NJ. But shortly before Fred left the Air Force, Pat and Fred were married, 64 years ago.
Fred's later work caused the family to move over much of the country. After their three children grew up, Pat and Fred moved to Middle River on the Bay, where they maintained a collection of various boats, including kayaks, which Pat still uses, but now in the summer on Lake Ossipee in New Hampshire.
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