Fred Senser- Lee

Obituary of Fred Senser- Lee



The artist FREDDIE SENSER-LEE (aka FREDD LEE, aka FREDD LEE SENSER), age, 74, was born April 2, 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio, passed away January 14, 2018 in South Glens Falls, NY, and was buried January 18 in Cleveland. He rarely said things anyone else had thought to say. A universally recognized and profound eccentric and storyteller, Fredd lived as a consummate Bohemian—he offered himself to the world as a lover and creator of enduring friendships, unforgettable impressions, grand and loud works of art, poetry in all forms, and beautiful landscapes. He was also a devoted mental health advocate and friend of those who, like himself, were defined by their difference—selling textiles to the Amish, leading concerts in prisons, fighting to commemorate the students slain at Kent State, visiting people in the hospital who were often left behind. Fredd served as a small business co-owner of five branches of Arianna’s Unique and Freddie Lee’s Unique Boutique throughout Vermont; as a curator in Montpelier, Vermont; as an important part of bringing to life the Underground Railroad mural at the Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont; as a collaborator on an mural expressing a vision for world peace internationally exhibited through the United Nations; and as a provocateur and initiator of many other colorful projects. As founder of Botanical Blossomings on the Bikeways USA, he beautified the Warren County, NY Bikeway with an array of flowers each season, charming-lee enlisting dozens of volunteers in the effort. A lifelong learner and conversationalist beyond all norms, he was a dedicated participant in classes at Skidmore College, synagogues across the northeast, and, early in life, at Ohio State and Kent State Universities. He also conducted many unique and beautiful weddings. Among his most influential relationships in his younger life: Allen Ginsberg, Flo Kennedy and Abbie Hoffman. He loved community (making art and poetry from Texas to New York City to Vermont); he loved music, dancing and style (often seen wearing three ties at once); he loved people. He was a lot to handle, and he knew it, proudly. Driven by an imaginative, devoted and eternal love for family and all people, he is survived by his mother and two twin sisters in Cleveland, OH, his son, Ryan Senser of Brooklyn, NY, and his daughter Breanna Ayer-Senser and longtime partner Mary Ayer, of Montpelier, VT. For those interested in sharing stories, or in the memorial we will be organizing in upstate New York in APRIL, 2018, please contact his son, Ryan, at or 718-608-6176. To leave a condolence message for the family, please visit,