Frederick Semler Dieterich, Jr.

October 15, 1938 ~ September 16, 2021 (age 82)


Frederick Semler “Sem” Dieterich, Jr., 82, of Hope Valley, passed away peacefully in Westerly RI hospice care surrounded by his family on Thursday, September 16, 2021. Born in Glen Ridge, NJ on October 15, 1938, he was the only son of the late Frederick Semler Dieterich Sr. and his wife Dorothy (Ryan) Dieterich. He was a graduate of The Peddie School and Denison University. In 1998 he finally married his soul mate and true love, the late Kayte (Spitler) Dieterich.

Sem spent the majority of his career in broadcast sales at multiple television stations and networks in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Burlington, and New Haven. Throughovut his career, Sem had a major impact on the careers of dozens of colleagues he developed and mentored. Sem cherished the outdoors and threw himself passionately into fly fishing, bird hunting, sailing, downhill skiing, and gardening. Along with his wife, Kayte, he also had a talent for cooking and entertaining that lured friends and family to their homes in Grand Isle, VT, Clinton, CT and the Adirondacks. But ultimately, it was his love of hunting dogs, Labrador Retrievers and later Hungarian Vizslas, that was all encompassing as he bred, raised, field trained, and actively engaged in field trial competitions with multiple loving and talented canines.

He leaves behind his son Frederick “Rick” Semler Dieterich III and his daughter Kimberly Lynn Sablich and their spouses Kimberly Dieterich and Timothy Sablich; his grandchildren Frederick Semler Dieterich IV, Wren Evelyn Sablich, and Garrett Timothy Sablich.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation or The Prostate Cancer Foundation.

A celebration of Sem’s life and magnetic personality will be held at a later date by the family.

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