Frederick J. England, Jr.

Frederick J. England, Jr. CPCU


Fred enjoyed a notable career in the insurance and banking industries. He joined his father in the W.B. Hastings Insurance Agency in 1956, after earning his BA at Dartmouth College and MBA at Amos Tuck School of Business before serving in the Navy. When his father suffered a heart attack in 1958, Fred assumed the leadership of the agency. Upon the merger with the Tapley Agency of Danvers in 1966, Fred became the Chairman of Hastings-Tapley Insurance Agency, an agency that grew to one of the largest insurance agencies in the nation. Fred served as CEO of Hastings-Tapley until he retired in 2003.

Fred met his wife Valerie at an insurance convention in Maine in the early 1950s. Her father was the founder and President of the Walter H. Wilcox Insurance Agency of Woburn, MA. In the 1970s, Fred purchased his father-in-law’s insurance agency and assumed the leadership of the Tanners National Bank in Woburn, also founded and run by his father-in-law Walter Wilcox.

Very involved in insurance organizations, Fred served as President of the Independent Insurance Agents of America, Chairman of the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, Chairman of the Insurance Institute of America, Chairman of Insurance Institute at Northeastern University, Director of Insurance Services Office, Inc, President of the Insurance Library Association of Boston, President of Intersure, Ltd, and served in many other key roles on insurance boards and advisory committees.

In addition to serving as President of Tanners National Bank in Woburn, MA, Fred’s banking roles included Vice President of Saugus Bank and Trust, and most recently Director/Trustee of Eastern Bank Corporation.

Fred loved his work; it was his hobby. He was also particularly committed to helping others in the form of education, and his philanthropic efforts include scholarship and other support for Dartmouth, Tuck, the University of New Hampshire and the Insurance Library.

Fred and Valerie, his wife of 63 years, most recently lived in Exeter NH. He has three children, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Fred’s daughter, Jennifer Decker, followed her father and grandfathers into the insurance business; she became Fred’s business partner in 1992.

Click here for an excerpt about Mr. England from Sixty-Five Years of Tradition and Change: The Insurance Library of Boston 1947-2012.

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