Mr. Richard M. Fratus, of Waltham, died Sunday, October 27, 2013 in Golden Living Nursing Center in Lexington. He was 80. Richard was born in Quincy on July 9, 1933, a son of the late Russell A. and Blanche (Morris) Fratus. He graduated from Hingham High School and later earned a degree from General Motors College in Flint, Michigan. He honorably served his country in the Army during the Korean War. He worked in banking services and later owned and operated his family owned business, Fratus Pontiac in Quincy until 1975. When he sold the company he worked in private investigation for Claims Bureau Inc. in Waltham. Lastly, he worked as a driver for Waltham Central School Transportation. Richard kept active and loved playing tennis and skiing. He loved all things New England and volunteered at The Reagle Players Theater in Waltham for many years. He is predeceased by his daughter, Liane Fratus who died in 1981 and his siblings, Russell A. Fratus, Jean Quintiliani, Janet Gay and Marilyn McCarthy. He leaves his son, Richard F. 'Rocky' Fratus of Bondville, Vermont; his former wife, Judith (Barker) Fratus of Naples, Florida; many nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews. Family and friends will honor and remember Richard's life by gathering for a calling hour in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday, November 8th from 9-10 a.m. followed by his Funeral Service at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at 12:45 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Reagle Players Music Theatre, 617 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA 02452. To offer condolences online, please visit www.joycefuneralhome.com
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Joyce Funeral Home
245 Main Street Waltham, MA 02453
Published in Waltham News Tribune from Nov. 1 to Nov. 7, 2013