Frear, Arnold Walter
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Hilton Head Island, SC: Arnold Walter Frear of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina died on February 17, 2014.
He was born on September 25, 1924 in Rochester, New York, son of Frances Mary Frear and Arthur Charles Frear. He is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years Dorothy Hyatt Frear; children Judy Thorpe (William) of Bluffton, SC, Robert Frear (Tim Kennedy) of San Francisco, CA, and Sally Halstead (Michael) of Sun Valley, Idaho; three grandchildren Jane Hyatt Thorpe (Michael Sramek) of Alexandria, VA, William P. Thorpe II (Bianca) of San Antonio, TX, and Lauren Frances Halstead of New York, NY; and three great-grandchildren William P. Thorpe III, Wyatt Javier Thorpe, and Carolina Jane Sramek. Other survivors include his brother Charles R. Frear (Beryl) of Rochester, NY, his sister Linda Novak (Robert) of Livonia, NY, his brother-in-law Donald Hyatt (Irene) of Weston, FL, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Arnold served in the Marines as a Technical Sergeant in World War II and was called back to the Korean Conflict. He continued in the Marine Corps Reserves until 1953.
After WWII, Arnold owned and operated Frear Chevrolet, Inc., a business started by his father and shared with his brother, for 35 years until his retirement in 1981. The dealership belonged to the family for 50 years and was known by its slogan, "It's been Frear's for Years."
Arnold was a lifelong active member of the Presbyterian Church. He was a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Rochester, NY for 67 years and held the offices of Trustee, Deacon, and Elder. While living in Delray Beach, Florida, he was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach. Upon moving to Bluffton, SC he joined the Lowcountry Presbyterian Church.
Arnold embraced community and professional involvement and served as President of the Barnard Fire Department in Greece, NY, President of the Rochester Automobile Dealers, President of the Rotary Club of Greece, NY, and Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Lake Shore Fire District in Greece, NY. He and his wife Dorothy were major supporters of the Greece YMCA and the Greece Public Library. He also was a member of the American Legion for 60 years.
One of his most cherished affiliations was the Masons. Arnold was a Past Master of the Wakan-Hubbard Lodge and he served as Potentate of Damascus Temple of the Rochester Shriners in 1976. He received the 33rd Degree in 1981.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 12502 USF Pine Dr., Tampa, FL 33612-9411. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to 354 Bamberg Dr., Bluffton, SC 29910.
A celebration of life and memorial service is planned for Friday, March 28 at 10:30am at Lowcountry Presbyterian Church with burial at 2pm at the Beaufort, South Carolina National Cemetery with military honors.
Sauls Funeral Home of Bluffton is in charge of the arrangements.
Sauls Funeral Home
90 Simmonsville Road
Bluffton, SC 29910
Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on Mar. 2, 2014