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In loving memory of
Joseph Andrew Frates
  • December 23, 1939
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  • April 20, 2022

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Obituary

Joseph Andrew Frates, devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend left this world suddenly on April 20, 2022 at the age of 82.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Patricia and their three children, Joseph Andrew Frates, Jr (spouse Barbara), Donna Baker (spouse, Robert), Diane Muratore (spouse, Thomas) along with 7 Grandchildren; Doug Hughes, Bret Hughes, Sean Baker, Megan Baker, Thomas Muratore, Ryan Muratore and Matthew Muratore along with 7 great grandchildren, 1 great-great granddaughter, and many nieces and nephews.

Joseph was born to the late George & Ellen Frates on December 23, 1939 in Weymouth, Massachusetts.  He is predeceased in death by his brother, George Frates and sister, Mary Ross.

Joe spent his early family years with his wife and children in Cohasset, Massachusetts. He had an active social life with friends, enjoyed boating, and was a dedicated fan of all Boston sports teams.  In 1977 he moved his family to Marco Island, Florida where he worked as a building contractor.  He spent his leisure time boating in the Gulf of Mexico and was a member and Commodore of the Marco Island Cruise Club.  He eventually moved with his wife to The Villages, Florida where he spent his retired years golfing, playing poker and joining many local clubs.

He was a devout Catholic who volunteered his time and service as a Eucharistic Minister at San Marco Catholic church in Marco Island, Florida and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, in Wildwood, Florida.

Joe’s priority was always his wife and family. He was a kind and generous person who would do anything to help someone in need.  He was happiest when surrounded by loved ones and when any Boston team played.  He has touched the hearts of so many and will be remembered for his kindness, love, and devotion.

A funeral mass is scheduled for 11a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Wildwood, Florida.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Jude Children’s Hospital using the following link for the Joe Frates Memorial Fund –

https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/GiftFunds/GiftFunds?px=7478474&pg=personal&fr_id=39300


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  1. Ken & Shirley says:
    16 May 2022
    Hej !

    Sad news indeed! So long Joseph, it was really good to know you . Thank you for coming into our lives at an earlier time and age.

    Ken and Shirley J.
    Scottsdale,AZ
    85251

  2. Lynn Wilkie posted an image:
    30 Apr 2022


  3. Lynn Wilkie says:
    30 Apr 2022
    Dearest Uncle Joe,
    We will all miss you so very much! Thank you for being the “Best” uncle ever! So many wonderful memories that I will forever hold in my heart.
    I love you,
    Lynnie

  4. Ginny Zukowski lit a candle:
    29 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 29, 2022 at 4:49:37 PM

  5. Ginny Zukowski says:
    29 Apr 2022
    Dear Donna, Robert and family I am so sorry for the loss of your Father Joseph. Beloved husband, grandfather and Dad. Prayers for you and family as you go this very difficult time. The Zukowski’s

  6. Penny Wilcox lit a candle:
    28 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 28, 2022 at 4:21:03 AM

  7. Ginny Carriera posted an image:
    28 Apr 2022
    So much fun with Joe and Pat.  I'll miss him.
    So much fun with Joe and Pat. I'll miss him.

  8. Tom and Cam Carter lit a candle:
    28 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 28, 2022 at 4:04:04 AM

  9. Kevin Curran lit a candle:
    27 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 27, 2022 at 4:48:15 AM

  10. Colletta Ross says:
    26 Apr 2022
    Dearest Uncle Joe,
    We will miss you very much. We'll always remember your big smile, warm embraces, pearls of wisdom, and zest for life.
    We love you.
    Colletta

  11. Erin Ross posted an image:
    26 Apr 2022
    We miss you terribly and will always remember you as the life of the party. Thank you for brightening our lives, Uncle Joe.
    We miss you terribly and will always remember you as the life of the party. Thank you for brightening our lives, Uncle Joe.

  12. Diane Muratore posted an image:
    26 Apr 2022
    Pat and Joe
    Pat and Joe

  13. CRC Bayport Team says:
    26 Apr 2022
    Sending your family our healing thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

    The CRC Bayport Team

  14. Colletta Ross posted an image:
    26 Apr 2022
    3 Handsome Guys!<br />
Don Ross Jr<br />
Andy Frates<br />
Uncle Joe Frates
    3 Handsome Guys!
    Don Ross Jr
    Andy Frates
    Uncle Joe Frates

  15. Gary & Barbara Augustine says:
    26 Apr 2022
    Our condolences and prayers to Pat and family. Joe was a great friend and neighbor and will be missed all in the neighborhood that had the pleasure of knowing him.

    God Speed Joe!

  16. Gary & Barbara Augustine says:
    26 Apr 2022
    Our condolences and prayers for Pat and family. We enjoyed having Joe as our neighbor and friend and will miss visiting with him while he was out walking Gracie.

    God speed Joe!

  17. Arleen soldano says:
    26 Apr 2022
    We are so sorry to hear this news. JOE loved life and enjoyed very minute of it. Our prayers are with Pat and his family love, Sal and Arleen

  18. Michael Shannon posted an image:
    26 Apr 2022
    To Diane, Pat and family.<br />
Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your loving Father and Husband,<br />
Sincerely <br />
The Shannon family
    To Diane, Pat and family.
    Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your loving Father and Husband,
    Sincerely
    The Shannon family

  19. Nancy Miller lit a candle:
    26 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 26, 2022 at 4:16:01 AM

  20. Volpert Family lit a candle:
    26 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 26, 2022 at 4:06:55 AM

  21. Volpert Family lit a candle:
    26 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 26, 2022 at 4:06:20 AM

  22. Joe Frates posted an image:
    26 Apr 2022


  23. Bruce Baxter lit a candle:
    26 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 26, 2022 at 4:59:41 AM

  24. Bruce Baxter lit a candle:
    26 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 26, 2022 at 4:58:12 AM

  25. John Quinn says:
    26 Apr 2022
    Pat-
    The world has lost a great man and we a great neighbor- Joe has been so friendly and helpful to us since day one when we moved into the neighborhood-
    Sorry we will be in Connecticut for the memorial mass- May he Rest In Peace John & Brenda Quinn

  26. Joe Frates posted an image:
    25 Apr 2022


  27. Joe (Andy)Frates posted an image:
    25 Apr 2022


  28. Christian Ross says:
    25 Apr 2022
    We will all miss you Uncle Joe. You were such an important part of my life on Marco, seeing you and your awesome family for everything from thanksgiving to church to family weddings to lawn cleanup days. I’m so grateful to have had you in my life and will miss you dearly.

  29. Christian Ross lit a candle:
    25 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 25, 2022 at 4:57:13 PM

  30. T Hyder says:
    25 Apr 2022
    Joe was a wonderful man and great neighbor we had the pleasure of seeing him daily and we will miss him dearly.

    Greg & Tamara Hyder

  31. Don Ross, Jr. says:
    25 Apr 2022
    I will miss you greatly my beloved uncle. Thank you for your love, humor, and so much more. Don

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