PATRICK J. FRYE - JONESVILLE - Patrick J. Frye, 66, of Jonesville, Sgt. First Class, Retired, U.S. Army
, passed away peacefully Friday morning, March 15, 2013, after a lengthy illness. Pat was born on Aug. 29, 1946, in Yuba City, Calif., to Catherine (Leary) Frye and Ross D. Frye. Pat spent most of his boyhood days in St. Petersburg, Fla., and attended Bishop Barry High School there. He was a member of both the JV and Varsity Football Teams, and served for many years as an altar boy at his local parish, St. Mary's Catholic Church. He joined the U.S. Army in 1962, trained in San Antonio as a medical specialist, and continued to learn and train throughout his entire 22-year career in the service. He trained all over the world and served in Okinawa, Hawaii, Ft. Lewis, Wash., and served two tours in Vietnam. His final tour of duty was in Ft. Campbell, Ky., where he retired as a member of the 101st Airborne Division. Pat loved his time at Ft. Campbell and felt a true passion for his work there, whose motto was, "The 101st, a Rendezvous with Destiny." He was the recipient of many service awards, including The Army Commendation Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), The Vietnam Service Medal with Five Campaign Stars, The National Defense Service Medal, The Meritorious Service Medal, and The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm. Upon his retirement to Burlington in 1985, Patrick was employed by the Burlington Free Press, and then worked for 17 years at Fletcher Allen Health Care as a super tech, working tirelessly to make his patients comfortable. Pat was a big man with a large sense of humor and a tremendous devotion to his family. He was dedicated, loyal, generous to a fault, and a lover of animals, both those at home and throughout his life. He is survived by his beloved wife, Bonnie Flint; son, Michael of Seattle, Wash.; daughter, Angela Frye of Springfield, Mass.; stepchildren, Dana Fifield and husband, Scott Garrett, of Durham, N.C., and Curtis Fifield of Jonesville; brother, Daniel Frye and sister-in-law, Anne Tewksbury-Frye, of Burlington; sister, Mary Frye and partner, Shirley King, of Rockville, Md.; nephews, David Frye and partner, Amanda Rand, of Lenox, Mass., and Ian Tewksbury and his family of Hopkinton, N.H.; niece, Catherine Harkins and her son, Michael; beloved niece and friend, Carrie Anne Tewksbury and her son, Ethan, of Burlington; along with a host of friends and acquaintances he made around the world in his 22-year career in the Army and his years of work in Burlington since his retirement from the Army in 1985. Special thanks from the Frye family to Dr. Janet Kirwin, Dr. Charles MacLean, Dr. Mark Plante, the Richmond Rescue Squad, and a host of medical personnel throughout Chittenden County who cared for Pat, laughed alongside him during his frequent bouts of outlandish humor, and tenderly attended to his needs. Visiting hours will be held at The Gifford Funeral Home, 22 Depot St., Richmond, on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Our Lady of Holy Rosary, 64 W. Main St., Richmond, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Richmond Rescue Squad, 216 Railroad St., Richmond, VT 05477.