Waterford - John E. Fratus Jr. of Paula Lane, Waterford, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, in his home surrounded by his family after a year-long battle with cancer.
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He was born in New London, on July 17, 1945, the son of John E. Fratus Sr. and Ann Lucille (Hewlett) Fratus. He attended Waterford High School, class of 1963. For 37 years, John was employed at Waterford Post Office, until 2000, when he retired. He was a volunteer fireman for Oswegatchie Fire Department since 1961, where he served five years as chief along with many other roles, including fire commissioner, and the station's first EMS captain, where the call sign W494 was created especially for him. He became a paramedic in 1988 and worked in that capacity at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital from 1990 until his death. He was also an EMS instructor and taught throughout the Southeastern Connecticut area for many years; a favorite among his many students. To say emergency services was his passion doesn't begin to characterize the love he had for this field.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ellen (Coleman) Fratus; his daughters, Terry Lineberger and her husband, Robin, of McLean, Va., and Jodie Strohl and her husband, Bob, of Waterford; his son, John W. Fratus and his wife, Debbie, of Waterford; his beloved grandchildren, Stefanie Strozeski of Coventry, R.I., Kenny and Kyle Fratus of Waterford, and Sydney and Karsen Lineberger of McLean, Va.; his step-grandchildren, Chris Seguin of New Hampshire, Justin Seguin of Quaker Hill; and his step great-grandchildren, Christina and Ashley Seguin of New Hampshire; as well as numerous beloved brothers and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. He will be especially missed by a special cousin, Donna Rheaume of Waterford.
His family will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 48 Grand St., Niantic. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Internment will follow at Jordan Cemetery, Boston Post Road, Waterford.
Memorial donations may be made to Oswegatchie Fire Department, c/o Chief Mark Schenking, 441 Boston Post Road, Waterford, CT 06385.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.neilanfuneralhome.com
Published in The Day on Nov. 21, 2012