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William Fullerton de Frise, 86, born in New York, New York on Bastille Day. Raised as a child in Paris, France, he returned to New York in 1939 with his family on the SS George Washington, believed to be the last civilian passenger ship to sail from France at the start of WW II. Attended Kent School in Kent, CT where he was captain of the tennis team and varsity ice hockey goalie, even playing in Madison Square Garden. After attending the University of Virginia he entered the Army during the Korean War and spent two years stationed in Germany. Upon returning to civilian life he settled in Chicago, retiring at 80 from the brokerage business, where he worked for over 50 years with his long-time friend, Mel Mongerson. Bill de Frise was especially loved for his joie de vivre, his perennially bad jokes and the wide social net he cast. He was a member of the Board of Directors and a past President of the Alliance Francaise de Chicago, a member of the Board of Governors of the Racquet Club of Chicago, and a member of the Saddle & Cycle Club, where be began the children's summer camp and was an accomplished member of the tennis team. He had a twin brother, the late James de Frise of San Francisco. He is survived by his children, Laura S. de Frise (Steven Rugo), Alexander P. de Frise (Francesca), Victoria de Frise Zahrobsky (Christopher), and stepson, Colin S. Clark (Judith Pearce); grandchildren, Peter Rugo, Aubrey Rugo and Campbell Clark; sister, Patricia Gregg; former spouse, Alison Campbell de Frise; long-time companion, Victoria Jackson and her dog, Winnie; and numerous loving nephews, nieces and godchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to PAWS Chicago, 1997 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL 60614 or at: www.pawschicago.org. A memorial service is being planned. Arrangements by Cremation Society of Illinois, 773-281-5058 or www.cremation-soceity.com.
Published in Chicago Tribune on Aug. 24, 2014
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