RICHMOND, Virginia


RICHMOND, Virginia


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LaFRATTA, Reverend William E., on Sunday, March 10, 2013. To those that knew him well, he was Father Bill. He was blessed with a keen intellect, insightfulness and a good sense of humor. He was quoted, "I put a lot of value on a sense of humor. It keeps you sane in this crazy world. It keeps you humble so you don't take yourself too seriously." A faithful priest of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond for 49 years, Father LaFratta served in the following parishes and assignments: St. Michael's, Annadale (1963-1968); St. John Vianney, Richmond (1968-1970); Diocesan Office of Vocations, Director (1968-1973); Diocesan Office of Campus Ministry, Director (1970-1973); Our Lady of Lourdes, Richmond (1973-1975); Blessed Sacrament, Harrisonburg (1975-1976); Campus Minister and Chaplain of James Madison University, Harrisonburg (1976-1989) and Church of the Incarnation, Charlottesville (1990-2001). In 2001, Father Bill retired to his home on Lake Monticello, near Charlottesville. Father Bill was predeceased by his mother, Anna; his father, Humbert; and his brothers, Bernard and Ramon. He lives on through his nieces and nephews and many friends. Father Bill, you will be greatly missed. His remains rest at the Bliley's - Central, 3801 Augusta Ave., where the family will receive friends Thursday, March 14, from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1 p.m. Friday at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 6006 Three Chopt Rd., Richmond, Va. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Haitian Education Fund, Commonwealth Catholic Charities, P.O. Box, 6565, Richmond, Va. 23230.

This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Fr. Bill influenced my life. A couple of his stories and insights remain with me to this day. Much thanks!

Roy and I will always remember you first from the Cruscea, and then from Our Lady of Lourdes, and how much you helped us to form The Church of the Redeemer in Mechanicsville. We love you very much, and we have many fond memories of you throughout the years. We also enjoyed having you substitute for Fr. Jim Begley quite a few times when he was on vacation. I know you are looking down on your many friends now while probably joking with God.
Barbara and Roy Theisen

Father Bill we are sure you are having wonderful conversations with Ramon.
Kitty Carroll class of 1945 and also
Nancy Carroll Jones

Fr. Bill was a good man, a humble man, a man who reminded me that we are all imperfect but that God loves us anyway. We went to Haiti together the first time our parish twinning program was instituted and his kindness and generosity were evident in the way he interacted with everyone. My kids loved him as well because of his warmth and his clear humanity. I will miss him.

Thanks Father Bill for all your service and devotion to the young people of the Catholic Church. You will surely be missed.

Marlene & Jim Satira

Fr Bill was a wonderful influence on JMU college students during his time as campus minister. Both my Catholic and non-Catholic friends listened to his sermons every Sunday morning prior to heading to the dining hall for lunch. I firmly believe that his presence and influence kept us connected to the church during our college years. Through his great spiritual presence and his wonderful sense of humor, he imparted many life lessons to us all. Just last year I attended a mass that he...

Father Bill will be missed by so many people whose lives were touched by his. His servant heart will be remembered always. May the Lord comfort all who mourn the passing of this gentle soul.
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Our Lady of Peace

Will never forget noon time mass during exams... 'can't hurt' Father Bill always said with a smile. Thank you for your kindness and spiritual guidance when I was at JMU.