SOURTHWEST HARBOR AND SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Fred Hallaby, a businessman in Southwest Harbor for the last 15 years, died of a sudden heart attack while visiting family in Australia Jan. 18.
Born in Basra, Iraq on Jan. 9, 1965, to Sargon and Victoria Hallaby, Fred moved with his family to Sydney, Australia, when he was 10 years old.
There he graduated high school, owned and operated a men’s clothing store and then a popular cafe before moving on to selling high-end cars. He and partner Jim King met in Sydney before Fred came to Mount Desert Island in 2004 to co-operate the Lindenwood Inn with Jim.
In 2012, the couple purchased Christine’s Gallery on Clark Point Road and Fred focused on running Christine’s Gallery and Past Treasures there.
A very jovial person, Fred had a knack for sales, using his sense of humor to sell anything to anyone. He was an energetic man with lots of enthusiasm for whatever he was doing. Hard-working and respected in the community, Fred loved living in the United States, enjoying all of the different people he met. He woke up happy every day ready to live life to the fullest and was the life of the party, many of which he organized at the inn. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his two daughters Victoria Hallaby and Alanah Hallaby, who live in Australia.
A memorial service will be held at the Lindenwood Inn in the spring. The date has yet to be determined.