COLEBROOK >> Joseph C. Fratalone, 89, formerly of Stillman Road, Colebrook, husband of the late Rosemarie Fratalone, died Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Apple Rehab, surrounded by his devoted caregivers. His longtime friend, the man he considered the son he never had, Mark Harol, was holding his hand as he peacefully slipped into eternity.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, son of the late Joseph and Mary (Lovetere) Fratalone, he was raised in Winsted and graduated from Gilbert High School in 1941. Joe was drafted in the Army Air Corp where he served during W.W. II as a B-17 crew member participating in over 35 bombing missions over Europe. After the war, Joe spent the rest of his professional career as a Standard bred horse trainer. He was truly the "gentleman horseman" who raced his horses in New England and New York distinguishing himself as a professional who always placed the health and welfare of his horses above profit. He also enjoyed training hunting dogs and fishing.
He leaves a sister-in-law, Mary Louise Fratalone; brother-in-law, Harry M. Smith of New Hartford; a nephew, John C. Fratalone and his wife Susan of Hillsdale, New York; and nieces, Diane Fratalone of South Egremont, Massachsuetts and Mary Sen and her husband Shubro of New Hartford but currently living in India; and his friend and caretaker, Mark Harol of Holly Springs, North Carolina, formerly of Avon.
A visitation will be held Tuesday, July 2, , from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by services at 6 p.m. at the Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Road, Avon. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown. For condolences or directions please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.