BARRE TOWN - Louis "Buj" Frattini Jr., 90, of Wildersburg Common and more recently of Lincoln House, died there March 22, 2014.
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Born in Barre City Jan. 16, 1924, he was the son of Louis and Mary (Parnigoni) Frattini Sr.
He was a 1941 graduate of Spaulding High School, where he was on the ski and track teams. He was also a member of the Norwich University class of 1945, where he joined the varsity fencing team and was elected to the Maroon Key Honors Society.
A decorated veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army from 1943 until 1945 with the 2nd Armored Division, which was commanded by former Norwich University President Maj. Gen. Ernest Harmon, participating in the D-Day landing, the Battle of the Bulge, northern and central Europe campaigns, and was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Belgium Medal of Merit. He was a tank platoon sergeant in Troop A, 102nd Cavalry Recon Squadron.
Following his military service, he became associated with his father in the Frattini Insurance Agency, which he subsequently owned and operated until merging with the Paige and Campbell Insurance Agency in 1990.
On June 11, 1947, he married Barbara McKnight in East Montpelier and spent his married life in Barre City and later Barre Town.
Traveling with Barbara, his sons and their families, skiing at Stowe, golfing at the Barre Country Club, deer hunting in Chelsea, smelt fishing on Lake Memphremagog, and reminiscing about his North Barre Italian heritage were his lifetime enjoyments.
Lou was a longtime member of the Barre Lions Club, having served as vice president, and was a past president of the Barre Country Club. Other memberships included Hedding United Methodist Church, Barre American Legion Post 10, the Mutuo Soccorso Society, the Vermont Association of Insurance Agents, and the Palm River Condo Association and the Country Club in Naples, Fla., where he and Mrs. Frattini vacationed for many years.
Besides his wife, Barbara, of 67 years, survivors include his sons and their spouses: Bill and Barb Frattini, of Bath, Maine, Jay and Sonda Frattini, of Charlotte, N.C., and Chuck Frattini, of Gainesville, Fla.; five grandchildren, Karla Frattini Bruckmann and Joe Frattini, Nicholas and Nathan Frattini, and Valerie Frattini; and great-grandchildren Noelle Bruckmann and Matteo Frattini. Also surviving are his sister Barbara McAllister and his brother, Jack Frattini.
He was predeceased by his son Thomas and his sister Lorraine Beck.
There are no calling hours.
A graveside service will be held at the convenience of his family in the Hope Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Norwich University, c/o Development and Alumni Relations, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663.
The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home - Barre
7 Academy Street, Suite 1
Barre, VT 05641
Published in Times Argus on Mar. 25, 2014