Fred B. Dileo
Aug. 24, 1961 - Nov. 13, 2007

Mr. Dileo was born in Torrington, Conn., and died Nov. 13, 2007, at Memorial Hospital. He was a nationally renowned dog handler and was considered the top national dog trainer and handler of pointing breeds. He received the 2007 Purina Handler of the Year award.

Survivors include his wife, Patty Dileo of Climax, Ga.; his daughter, Taylor N. Dileo of Climax, Ga.; his parents, Dorene and Michael Dileo of Jupiter, Fla.; two brothers, Thomas Dileo of Winsted, Conn., and Robert Dileo of New Hartford, Conn.; two sisters, Renne Dileo of Jupiter, Fla., and Michele Berman of Reading, Pa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Taylor Dileo College Fund, c/o Regions Bank, P.O. Box 757, Bainbridge, GA 39818.

The Post-Searchlight
Bainbridge, GA

courtesy Maggie Pike

Fred and Patti with Ch Funseeker's Rebel  (taken at Ames Plantation after Rebel was crowned 2007 National Champion)
crop of picture by Brad Harter courtesy of Ames Plantation

On November 19, 1997, Larry Lee and I went over to Okapilco Plantation near Pavo, GA and looked at a big white pointer named Barshoe Barkeep.  Fred won the Kentucky All Age Championship with him.  Until his untimely death, late in the morning of November 13, 2007, Larry Lee, Georgia Salva, Larry Carter and R. O. Berryhill patronized and supported the hardest working dog trainer I ever met. His hard work and skill resulted in the winning of at least one championship for every dog that Fred Dileo ran for us.  Not only did I loose a good dog trainer, I lost a FRIEND.

The Open All Age game has been dealt a severe blow in the loss of Fred Dileo.

R. O. Berryhill
Lakeland, GA

at the Packsaddle Ranch ('80s)
courtesy John Criswell

 Madsen Ranch on the prairies

courtesy John Criswell

on Madsen Ranch (fred in red)

courtesy John Criswell

with Ryder, Chris Madsen's grandson, on the Madsen Ranch

courtesy John Criswell

at Hoffman (NC) 
courtesy Maggie Pike