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Fred T. Fraterrigo


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Fred T. Fraterrigo Obituary
Fred T. Fraterrigo

AGE: 89 • Oakhurst

Fred T. Fraterrigo, 89, of Oakhurst NJ, passed away peacefully on Friday October 20th 2017 after a courageous battle with illness. Born and raised in Lyndhurst, NJ he was the youngest of 3 siblings of his pre-deceased parents Josephine and Caesar Fraterrigo.

A Lyndhurst high school graduate, Fred enlisted in the U.S. Military in the latter years of World War II. Stationed in the Aleutian Islands Fred earned the rank of Private First Class. Fred went on to attend Seton Hall University where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in physical education and U.S history.

Fred's early career was inspired from his love of sports and camaraderie. He became a physical education teacher in the 1950's in the Ocean Township school district system as well as the Neptune school district. He later transferred to Frank Antonides School in West Long Branch where he became a history teacher. He was grateful to have the opportunity to coach their basketball and baseball teams here as well. During the summer season he was known as "Coach Fred" as he coached children at Seashore Day Camp in Long Branch.

In the early 1970's Fred was offered a position as a history professor at a new endeavor, Brookdale Community College. This was a turning point in Fred's career as his passion in history led him to inspire students and friends to see a side of U.S. history they've never seen before. Fred had a unique way of bringing the history to life. He was not your ordinary history professor. Fred played the roles of civil war generals in his lectures, acted out battle scenes, and delivered enthusiasm to his students on a daily basis. Fred's classes were consistently the first to fill up, his students were lucky if they had him. He reluctantly retired from Brookdale at an astounding age of 85. He loved teaching, he loved people, and his energy touched the lives of many.

Fred was an avid golfer, he enjoyed teeing off with his friends and family whenever he could. He frequented the gym to get some exercise, going to college sports games at Monmouth University, and was a longggggg time Yankee fan. Upon retiring from Brookdale he continued to pursue historical endeavors including family trips to Gettysburg where he taught us about the battles fought and the countless lives lost. He even performed re-enactments of the civil war and educated others outside of the classroom.

Fred is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Dolores; son Fred and wife Margie, daughter Cathy Snowden and husband Gil, and youngest daughter Deborah; cherished grandchildren Corey Snowden and wife Jennifer, and Kyle Smith; sister-in-laws Clem Depetro and Dina Dillenkofer. His brother and sister Virgilio and Erminia predecease him. He will also be missed by his many cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends. Fred adored his family who will miss him deeply, he is our rock, our flame, our friend, and will forever serve as our guide and inspiration.

Friends and family are invited for the Visitation on Thursday October 26th from 2:00-4:00PM and 7:00-9:00PM at Buckley Funeral Home 509 2nd Ave Asbury Park NJ 07712. The funeral will commence on Friday at the funeral home at 10 am with a procession to Woodbine Mausoleum in Oceanport for a Entombment committal Service at 11 am. A Memorial Funeral Mass for Fred will be held at St. Mary's Church, Deal at a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to either; "Wounded Warriors" or "Catholic Charities" in Fred's memory. For condolences and the Memorial Mass date please visit www.buckleyfuneralhome.net
Published in Asbury Park Press on Oct. 24, 2017
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