John "Jack" Fragomeni
Fragomeni, John "Jack" COHOES, N.Y. John "Jack" Fragomeni Jr., 57, of Cohoes, died unexpectedly late Saturday evening, April 4, 2009 at St. Mary's Hospital in Troy. Born and educated in Schenectady, he was a graduate of Mont Pleasant High School and received his bachelor's and masters degree's from the College of St. Rose. Jack is the son of Mary (Aragosa) Fragomeni of Schenectady and the late John J. Fragomeni Sr. A professional musician, Jack taught at the College of St Rose and at Schenectady County Community College. He played in the Empire Jazz Orchestra and in Jazz clubs and festivals. Over the years, Jack learned and worked with several Jazz greats, Nick Brignola, Atilla Zoller and Bucky Pizzarelli. Jack was well known for playing jazz guitar at several area venues including the Van Dyke and the Grog Shop over the years. He was a member of the musician union and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Besides his mother, Jack is survived by his wife of 18 years, Roswita (Apkarian) Fragomeni of Cohoes; his brothers, Mark L. Fragomeni (Michele) of Malta and Father Richard Fragomeni of Chicago; his nephews, Michael and Jason Fragomeni and Jacob Apkarian and nieces, Nicole Fragomeni and Sophie Apkarian. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday morning, April 8, 2009 at 10:15 a.m. at Bond Funeral Home, Broadway & Guilderland Ave., Schenectady, N.Y. followed at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 1255 Pleasant Street, Schenectady, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday afternoon April 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. and evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will be held in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery at a date and time to be announced. Contributions may be made in his memory to the College of St. Rose Music Department, 432 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203 www.bondfuneralhome.com
Published by Albany Times Union from Apr. 6 to Apr. 7, 2009.
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To Rose and the Fragomeni family,

I am very sorry for your loss. I first met Jack in 1994 when I went to see him perform at a microbrewery in Troy. I wanted to approach him about guitar lessons but I was a little hesitant mainly because I was so astounded with his brilliant command of the guitar. Fortunately for me that fear was outweighed by my desire to potentially learn from such a master. I had about a dozen lessons with Jack before I went back to school in Boston. Honestly, the two years that I spent in school were a review for all of the things that Jack so graciously introduced me to in such a short time.

Over the years we stayed in touch. He was so generous with his knowledge and he always offered me the opportunity to sit in whenever I saw him play. Although I got to know him through music he would always inquire about my Dad’s health, my brother’s love of fly fishing, my dogs, and whether or not I had a good girl in my life- an obvious testament to the great one in his. I’ve read so many people’s beautiful memories on this site and I feel sad that so many people never got to hear him play the guitar. Ironically, I never had the chance to go fishing with him and wish right now that I had.

Jack will always be missed and forever admired, although I am certain he is still with us. I feel honored to have known such a great human being. I bet the angels in heaven never thought they would have it this good.
Kevin Grudecki
April 30, 2009
To Rose,

My heart is deeply sadden by your loss of your husband and best frient. Know that as you go forward in life without him, your family and your friends love you and will always be there for you.

I'm very happy for you that you had Jack in your life and that you experienced true love. That is a rare gift and one to be very thankful for.

I'm truly sorry I couldn't attend the funeral but I'm here to listen and love you if you'd like to talk and share stories about Jack with me.
Bruce Apkarian
April 21, 2009
My experience with Jack was in high school. I played bass guitar in a rock band with him. It was obvious to me that Jack had the talent and drive to become the great musician that he became. I feel sad that he is gone despite the fact that I have not seen him since our days at Mont Pleasant. After reading the many entries in this guest book, it is clear that he accomplished much more than being a terrific guitarist. I am sure that his family, friends and former students
will miss him deeply. I am proud to say that I played music with him.
David Steen
April 17, 2009
To Father Fragomeni and the entire family,
I am so sorry for your loss. My family studied music with Jack- and prayed thru music at Churches in the area with Father Fragomeni. God Bless you all...for your gift of music to the community.
Kathleen Samaniuk-Hayes
April 14, 2009
The Music Guild. It seems like so long ago. Jack,Mike,and Pete. I couldn't afford lessons. So,Big Jack traded me lesson for a silk komono my U.S.M.C. dad brought back from the South Pacific. Jack washed it and all the colors came out,leaving it pure white. I offered him to choose another one,but he just laughed,and said,"don't worry Dom,it's O.K."Big Jack was great at everything he did. Especially at being a great human being. I will miss you dearly,my friend. "2-5-1,brother,2-5-1." Go with God. He has a gig for you,Mike,and Nick...
April 13, 2009
I studied guitar with Jack in 1998-99, and I still remember the patience, dedication and enthusiasm with which he taught me. He was a very talented musician and a warm person. He will be missed. My deepest condolences to his family.
Matthew Hough
April 13, 2009
I met Jack through his friends Frank and Pat. He was a truly lovely person. I have been blessed to keep in touch with Jack and Rose for many, many years and am so happy to have gotten together with them the last time I was up their way a couple of springs ago! Jack was pure jazz. And he had such a wonderful sense of word play. I can not believe he is no longer roaming this earth - at least visibly. Jack, you will be sorely missed.
Rebecca Hoodwin
April 13, 2009
To the Fragomeni Family,

I just learned about Jack's passing from my father, who still lives in Schenctady. I have fond memories of growing up with Jack--playing pick up games at Congress St. Park. My sincerest sympathies to Jack's family.
Ray Sarnacki
April 12, 2009
To Jack's Family,
I met Jack in the 70's when he was playing in a band. He was not only a great musician but he was a wonderful person. It was very sad to learn of his sudden passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
Nanci
April 12, 2009
I was shocked and saddened by news of the loss of Jack. He was a highly respected musician and treasured teacher. Jack was our son Matt's guitar and music teacher for several years.
Lindsay Hough
April 11, 2009
Roswita and Family,
Jack's passing has profoundly changed Holy Week for all of us. This week we have seen that he shared with others the most important gift of all....himself and his talent. He will stay in our thoughts and prayers, and we know that on Easter Sunday, Jack will have taught a trio of angels to play one of his original compositions. We'll be listening for it!

Dom and Marilyn
Marilyn Gieras
April 10, 2009
To all of Jack's family and friends. I knew him but for a short time, only for about a year in the late '70s, lessons in his apartment above the Grog Shop. In that short time he impacted my life deeply,not only as a musician, but as a person. Jack taught me what it was to be an artist. He also taught me that greatness is not measured by fame or fortune but in how deeply one pursues their art and in the level of performance one reaches. Jack was truly one who understood the value of art in all of our lives. My playing reflects much of his influence. All the gratification I get from playing, either from applause or my own inner satisfaction, comes from his influence on me. I saw Jack at a St. Rose jazz recital he played with my sister Kelly two years ago. When I shook his hand, he immediately recalled our lessons, telling me "I remember you! You were really into it! Some students never get it, but you did from the start." Those words, even 20 years after our aquaintance, meant so much to me as a player. I cherish the memories of my brief association with him and will feel the loss indefinitely. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Greg Bird
April 10, 2009
He was a loving uncle and i will miss him dearly.
Nicole Fragomeni
April 9, 2009
To Rose and the Fragomeni Family:
Jack was such a wonderful person and such a great friend to our family. I will always remember how Jack and my father used to erupt in fits of laughter. It was contageous and a vivid memory for me. I am sure their friendship, laughter and love of music and family is being shared between them - even as I write this. I will always remember how Rose and Jack gave my husband and me our favorite wedding present - a beautiful set of wind chimes that we place on our lamp post each Spring. I will feel a little differently this year when I hear the chimes dancing in the wind......
Jack will be missed by so many and I feel honored that he was a part of our family.
Kristin Brignola Walker
April 9, 2009
To The Fragomeni Family,

I would like to express my condolences to your family on such a sudden and sad loss. I am a friend of Father Fragomeni from Chicago. All my prayers and thoughts are with your entire family during this tough time. May God Bless All of You....Father Fragomeni if there is anything you need please don't hesitate to contact me. My email is [email protected]

Sincerely,
Anthony A. Tufano and Family
Melrose Park, IL
Anthony Tufano
April 9, 2009
'Uncle' Jack-

I miss and love you dearly.
Cousin Nic
April 9, 2009
I am utterly devastated. I took a minor in music at St. Rose in the Fall of 2005 specifically to learn from Jack Fragomeni, and I was fortunate enough to take lessons from him through 2005-2006. I still use the Klose "25 Exercises for Saxophone" book he recommended to me, as well as several other manuals and some of his own exercises. Heck, I have a file in my filing cabinet labelled "Jack Fragomeni." He would always have a little time after our lessons, and I used it as an opportunity to ask him about playing, his beloved Gibsons L-7 and ES-347, and Attila Zoller. I had planned to reconvene with him at some point this year to resume lessons. I can't believe I'm never going to watch him light up another EJO performance, see him perform at the Stockade Inn anymore, and my opportunty to continue to learn from him is gone. This sad news brought me to tears when I first found out on Sunday. His playing brought me to tears as well. I can't imagine talking about him in the past tense. What a great guy, a wonderful mentor, and a simply dazzling player. I'm gonna miss you deeply, Jack.
Todd Hopwood
April 8, 2009
To the family of Jack Fragomini:

We did not know Jack well, but he was an admired acquaintance and fellow musician. We were privileged to hear his music on many occasions from his early years to the present.
Jack was a great asset to the arts community and we will sorely miss his presence and his music.
Fondly,
Don and Jan Egry
P.O. Box 238
Verbank, NY 12585
Don and Jan Egry
April 8, 2009
Over the years Jack was my teacher, my fellow musician, and most importantly, my friend. He will be missed.
Brian Patneaude
April 8, 2009
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Stephen Marra Jr
April 8, 2009
I was shocked to hear that Jack passed away. My father, Sal, grew up with Jack in Mont Pleasant and remembers his early musical endeavors with his first band, The Winchesters. A couple of years ago, my boyfriend (who is an avid sax player) and I went to hear some jazz at North Pointe in Kinderhook, NY (which has sadly closed). It was a surprise to see that Jack was opening for the main act that evening...hearing him play was electrifying. I hadn't seen him in years and I decided to talk to him after his performance. He recognized me immediately which made me feel special. I will miss seeing his friendly smile but in my heart I know that in Christ there are no goodbyes. I will forever keep his family in my prayers.
Darcie Cristello
April 8, 2009
I am deeply saddened to hear of Jack's passing. I was lucky enough to study with Jack as a young guitar student, and he was one of the most generous and inspiring teachers I have ever known. Jack was a terrific human being who touched the lives of everyone he met. His conviction and honesty will be examples to me for the rest of my life. Jack's spirit, warmth, and undeniable gifts will be greatly missed.
My deepest condolences to Jack's wife, family, and colleagues.
Joe Knipes
April 8, 2009
Though it has been thirty years since I last spoke with Jack, the memories are still vivid; watching him play with the Winchesters, picking up an old Les Paul he was parting with, when I first met him, and taking some lessons.
I'll never forget sitting by him at a lesson, as he told me all the scales and exercises he worked on were becoming subconscious. "Things were starting to click" as he put it. He was really excited- it made a great impression on me, I will never forget.
Sad to say, I never got out to hear him play. I was just talking with Arnie, a few weeks ago about getting out to see him.
I'll be hanging on to that old guitar til I see him again.
God Bless You, Jack.
Dick Warner
April 8, 2009
Jack, Although you will be greatly missed, the people who you've taught music and fishing will carry your legacy forever. You've shared so much with so many. You were a great friend and I truly cherished our trips to the "D", stopping in the shop to talk or grabbing a coffee here or there. We'd talk about fishing or your latest gig but our conversations always ended up about our families. Your love of life completely, is something I will never forget. I am blessed to have been your friend and will think of you every time I throw a fly to that dimple in the water. Tight lines buddy..........
Tony DiCarlo
April 7, 2009
I was - am - in Jack's guitar ensemble at the College of Saint Rose. Jack and I had our differences, but I remember one December night, standing for an hour in the cold outside of Justin's Tavern on Lark Street - I was too young to get in - with my ear pressed to the wall, listening to Jack play, and thinking that maybe - just maybe - I didn't know everything.

I'll miss Jack, as will many. But some people - like Jack Fragomeni - are simply larger than life.
Nathan Schied
April 7, 2009
I was an undergrad music student at CSR when I first met Jack. I was new to the area, transferred in, and I must admit I felt like a little bit of an outsider. Jack was one of the first teachers at St. Rose to make me feel welcome when he asked me to play drums for his Jazz Guitar Ensemble. I had a great time since then and I always considered Jack not only to be a great musician, but also a great guy and friend. I was floored when I heard of his passing. He will be missed.

May God bless Jack and his entire family.
Mark Sudano
April 7, 2009
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Fragomeni family, I am deeply saddened to hear about Jack passing. Though I have not seen Jack in many years, I have very fond memories. I first met Jack when he was playing in the house band at my dad's restaurant. I was a teenager who had just started to take guitar lessons. He was great to me, giving me ideas, and even letting me play along with them. Soon after I started taking lessons from him at his studio, the Guild Music. I spent my high school years there stopping by after school to take a lesson or to just say hello. He never minded, and was always encouraging.
It was Jack that found me my high school summer school job! I am so blessed to have known him and all the people that I have met through him. He was a great mentor, teacher, musician and person that we all will miss.
Butter pecan, maple walnut.
Maria Capobianco-Carroll
April 7, 2009
Dear Mrs. Fragomeni, Richard and Family,
You are in my thoughts.
John Attanasio
April 7, 2009
I had the honor of meeting Jack when I was a student at The College of Saint Rose. I was a drummer that played in his Guitar Ensemble at the school. When I took the class, I figured that I would just have some fun helping out the Ensemble. While Jack was a brilliant guitarist, the drum charts that he gave me were some of the most brilliant (and craziest) that I had ever seen. He was determined that I would learn them. He even took time out of the Ensemble Class to help me learn them, and, after a lot of help, I was able to do it. After hearing of his passing, the first thing that came to my mind was the first one he gave to me, and I can still play it, from memory, to this day.
While he will be missed dearly, his influence on musicians will endure for a long time to come.
TJ Gontczaruk
April 7, 2009
To the Fragomeni Family,
We have all lost a friend . . . but we can rest assured of his impact on so many people. I'll remember Jack's laughter, his caring way, and his positive outlook. Jack was an inspiration and a great guitar player. As a instructor, Jack assisted me many times over the years to become a better guitar player. We used to joke about who could play the better rock riff on a jazz guitar . . . Jack won!! You will be missed my friend!!
Tony Suraci
April 7, 2009
I'm both shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Jack. I was a guitar student of his at CSR from '90-94. He was the reason I decided to attend CSR. I knew after first meeting him at my college audition that he was a man of great character- a gifted musician and a patient instructor who became a well repected, compassionate friend. The musical and life lessons I learned from him are carried with me and spread to others every day. He inspires me to be a better musician and will always be remembered for his contagious smile, personality and guiding ways. Although we stayed in contact for several years after my graduation, I regret that we lost touch over recent years. My deepest sympathies are with the Fragomeni family during this difficult time. I'll miss you, Jack- every time my music brings me to the 'outside' I'll think of you- the funkiest 'outside' cat I've known....
Justin Metz
April 7, 2009
I met Jack at a continuing ed class for guitar at SUNY Albany and Jack gave me so much info that I am still deciphering what he shared with me 25 years ago. My son is now 17 and applied to SCCC for next Fall because he would get to study with Jack. I picked him up at school yesterday and gave him the news of Jack's passing and he said he was just thinking about studying with Jack next Fall and how lucky he was to have the opportunity to study with such a great guitarist. He will be missed.
Rich Kuperberg
April 7, 2009
Though I have not seen the Fragomeni family in many years. I was sad to hear the news of Jack's premature passing. I grew up with the Fragomeni family, and have fond memories of our youth. I will keep Jack, and the entire Fragomeni family, in my prayers, may God Bless.
Bill Hartigan
April 7, 2009
I’m very sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences. I’m happy to have known Jack and to have had the chance to play with him a little. He was an awfully nice guy and I’m so sorry he’s gone. I’ll always remember him.
Joe Finn
April 7, 2009
I first met Jack back in the 1980s when we would occasionally bump into one another fly fishing for Atlantic Salmon in the tributaries of Lake George. At the time I only knew him by his first name, and as the guy I saw a couple times a year out on the stream. Neither of us knew the other's last name. I had no idea that Jack was also a jazz guitarist until one day when he called me to do some repairs on his Gibson L-7 (I am a luthier). I took the name and appointment time down in my book, not knowing that I knew this person who had just called. We were both surprised and amused to see a familiar face when he came to my shop for that first repair. He has come many times since then and we would always talk guitars first, then fishing. I last saw Jack just this past Thursday when I stopped in to Goldstock's to buy some leader material for an upcoming trout excursion. I hadn't seen him in a few months and he had with him a beautiful Monteleone arch top guitar that was custom built for him within the last year. He was delighted with the guitar, and we spent about 30 minutes playing it and talking guitars behind the fly fishing counter. I was shocked to read in today's paper that he is gone. To Jack's wife and family, may your memories of the years shared with Jack be a blessing and comfort to you in this most difficult hour.

Steve Kovacik
steve kovacik
April 7, 2009
Dear Fragomeni Family,
I used to see Jack just about every day in the St. Rose music building as an undergrad. We would always greet each other. Periodically he would be outside the music building with me and other students. We would speak of music, art, poetry, love, and life in general. I took his Fly Fishing class and enjoyed it very much. He used to call me "iorgs", which is my last name spelled backwards. He often read his students last names in that way for fun. I enjoyed every minute I spent with him. He will be greatly missed. My sympathies go out to you.
Ryan Sgroi
April 7, 2009
Jack was a great inspiration to me. The short time I knew him I learned so much. He believed in my potential and ability, always pushing me harder to be a better musician. He was a great teacher, Musician, and friend. My sympothies to the Fragomeni Family.
Bryan Gierka
April 7, 2009
Jack was a wonderful musician, a great man and a dear friend to our family. One of my dad's closest friends, Jack sat vigil with us when my father was in the hospital those last two weeks of his life. After he died, Jack made it a point to get together with my brother Nicholas to help him through his grief and to give him support. He checked in with us often to see how we were doing. My father would have appreciated that. We will miss him very much.
Jillian Brignola Haggerty
April 7, 2009
It's impossible to say how shocked I am to hear of Jack's passing. I met Jack in 1978 shortly after I met my husband, Frank Stagnitta, who was a very close friend of Jack's.
I will never forget his outstanding talent as a guitarist nor his ever-present good humour, warmth and kindness as a friend.
I will be keeping Rose and the Fragomeni Family in my thoughts and prayers and can only imagine the sense of loss they must be feeling and all of Jack's friends and students, too.
I know that Jack will be watching over those he loved and will always love.
God bless you, Jack.
Pat Gideon (formerly Stagnitta)
April 7, 2009
Dear Richard and Family,
I am sorry to hear of the unexpected passing of your brother Jack. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Love, Paul and Family
Paul Zullo
April 7, 2009
With deepest heartfelt sympathy to the entire Fragomeni family.
Michael J. Colamarino
April 7, 2009
I used to work at St.Rose 2000-2003 and remember Jack. I used to go down to the music room and he would hand me his guitar and say "show me what you can play". I remember him telling me to come out and see him and he would "get me in the door". What a great jazz player he was, He showed me some pointers ill never forget.
Wayne Earing
April 7, 2009
Richard & Mrs Fragomeni

My thoughts are with you at this most difficult time.
Eileen Staley Kane
April 7, 2009
Dear Fragomeni Family,
Over the 7 years that I knew Jack, he has been an inspiration in my life in many ways. From working at Goldstocks, Jack has taught me so much, from flyfishing, to music,to school work, and most important, life lessons. Jacks way with words could keep customers and employees talking for hours, with much laughter. He was part of our Goldstocks family, and will never be forgotten.
Chelsea Moore
April 7, 2009
Jack was a sweet, and lovely man, he was always smiling. We are deeply sadden, and so very sorry. The girls at Civitello's bakery,
Roie and Anglea Angerami
April 7, 2009
My deepest sympathies to the Fragomeni family.
I have so many wonderful memories of Jack. He was an integral part of my life. We were friends since kidnergarten. I was privledged to witness Jack's early passion for music. I remember the two of us walking to Hamilton Elementary school with Jack always toting his trombone. Later, with Lex Mantei, Ray Phillips, Arnie DeMarco, Randy DeLorenzo, Jack and I formed the garage band, The Winchesters.
These are memories that I will forever cherish. Jack was a true and loyal friend. He will be missed.
Thank you Jack.
Lex Halakan
April 7, 2009
My prayers and thoughts are with the Fragomeni family, especially my brother priest Father Richard. Be assured I shall remember John at the Lord's Table. The Fragomeni family has touched the hearts of countless numbers by their talent in music and song. What a blessing to all. God be praised.
JOHN BERTOLUCCI
April 7, 2009
To the Fragomeni Family,
I was very saddened to hear of Jacks passing. I new him at Goldstocks and found him to be a tremendous teacher. He would always take the time to help with even the most trivial questions. You should be very proud of him. I know my life is a little fuller for having known him.
I am very sorry for your loss.
Jed Dare
April 7, 2009
Mark, Michele, Michael, Jason & Nikki
I'm so sad to hear that you lost Jack. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

-The Smiths (Lauri, Pete & Steve)
Lauri Smith
April 7, 2009
jack was a great friend and mentor. i'm not really sure what i am going to do without him. i still have two years left, and my teacher is now gone. you are still with me though jack, and to jack's family, i can honestly say that he was like a father figure to me. i will miss him very much. ill catch ya later jack, and we'll jam sometime again.
Rob Alcocer
April 7, 2009
My good friend, Arnie Demarco, called me today to tell me about Jack. How ironic. I met Jack through Arnie in high school, when they started the band, the Renaissance Set. After high school, when I began to study the guitar seriously, I turned to Jack who unselfishly opened up the mystery of the guitar to me. Years later when I moved to Denver, I was out with some musician friends, one of whom was Mitch Chmara. Also there was another guitarist, Marcus Firillo. We chatted and Marcus told me how he lived and performed professionally in NYC and how he knew this great guitar player from upstate. I said, wow, I have this high school friend who in my view was a great player too. We could not believe it when it turned out to be Jack! Marcus and Jack were not only guitar buddies, but were also fishing buds and would go on annual fishing trips, when time allowed. I was home last summer visiting my Mom who was at Ellis Hospital. I decided to take a break and visit Van Vranken Avenue. There was an ice cream truck. I decided to get a treat for Mom. As I searched for change, the young man operating the truck noticed I had a guitar pick in my hand. We started chatting about music. He told me how he was a guitar player and studied at SCC. I told him how a good friend of mine was a guitar player in Schenectady. When I told him that my friend was Jack, he just about fell over - Jack was his teacher! I try to chat with Jack whenever I get home, so I thought, man, I need to call Jack. I called Jack later that day and told him the story and I can still recall him saying "Oh man, that's funny!" In one way or another, Jack was always there for me in spirit or otherwise. On a visit to my sister's in Troy, he came over - guitar in hand - and gave me an impromptu lesson. He would happily send me musical arrangements of my favorite tunes. When text messaging first became popular, I would text him anonymously, just to bust his chops as they say. When he found out it was me, he would say, I should have known! Somehow, and thankfully, Jack has always been in my life. Jack was a man who seemed to not only know where he came from, but where he was at the moment, but most importantly, where he was heading. As my friends all approach our 60s, somehow, I am not surprised that Jack is one of the first to go. He blazed the trail in so many ways for so many of us, that in some strange way, I think he chose (or was chosen) to lead the way to the next life as if to - once again - show us the way. Jack, we love you, man! And you will always be in our hearts!
Jake Cimino
April 7, 2009
I never met nor played with Jack, but as a member of the Capital region's music community I am saddened at the loss of one of our great musicians. My condolences to the Fragomeni
Family.
Jay Traynor
April 7, 2009
We met Jack at CSR where our daughter, Katie, is currently a senior music major and one of his flyfishing students. We are all so very sad to learn of Jack's passing. We had several conversations with him after the jazz concerts. He was most approachable, warm, and kind. His passion and enthusiasm for music, performing, and his students was evident at each performance. It was a joy to attend his concerts and witness his energy and pride in his students. We were engaged by his arragements and his original tunes. What fun to see him perform as well! To know how deeply Jack's life impacted his students and how great his loss is for them, we are certain it cannot compare to the loss you, his family, must feel. Please know others share in your grief as well as our hope and faith in our resurrection. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Kyle and Lee VanDenBerghe
April 6, 2009
Jack was a great educator; one of the most influential to me while I was at CSR. My condolences to the Fragomeni and extended family. Heaven just got a little hipper.
Jeffrey Whitney
April 6, 2009
Jack was my teacher, mentor, and friend. I will always remember and be grateful for his support and encouragement.
Mike Albertson
April 6, 2009
I don't know how to express my grief right now. I will miss Jack. He was a fixture in my father's life. I will always remember his stays in Jackson Heights and his abundant record collection which I has possession of for many years. Did I ever give them back?
Alicia Zoller-Carusona
April 6, 2009
To the Fragomeni Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He was such a nice person, I can only imagine how much he will be missed. I wish his family and his friends peace and strength at this most difficult time.
Jeff Hirshfield
April 6, 2009
I remember Jack from my time at CSR. He taught us all how to swing, improvise, and have fun playing music. A fly-fisherman and a jazzer - the best of both worlds. I will miss him.
- '90 CSR B.S. Music Education
TJ
April 6, 2009
I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Mrs. Fragomeni and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Jack was my guitar professor at the College of St. Rose. Of all the teachers in my life, Jack stands out as the biggest influence on my playing. His is the voice I will always hear as I play a jazz standard or teach the finer points of improvisation to my students. I will never forget the lessons he taught me. I hope to have that larger than life influence on my students that he had on me. Rest in peace Jack - I'll miss you!
Monica Antonelli-Guido
April 6, 2009
Jack to me was a musical brother. We used to hang out day and night when I first came to Schenectady. We would constantly play together. We shared a unique musical interaction. We had many wonderful discussions about life in general.
In the band with Larry Jackson and various bass players we shared a serious but fun loving empathy for the music always. Every gig was an event.
He was an excellent teacher and the tributes of his students certainly attest to this.
I'll certainly miss him. I am honored to have known such a soulful and beautiful man.
Frank Stagnitta
April 6, 2009
Jack was my guitar instructor at St. Rose for 4 years. Aside from being an instructor, he was also a good friend. He will be greatly missed.
Matthew Karb
April 6, 2009
I knew Jack when we hung out together at Brother Dom's in the 1980's. He was great fun to be around as well as an amazing musician.
Although I haven't seen him in many years, I know I'll miss him.
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Mike Porcari
April 6, 2009
My condolences to all of Jack's family for this sudden loss. I was stunned to hear of Jack's passing. Jack touched my life as a teacher at the College of St. Rose from 1998-2003. The lessons I learned from Jack will always resonate in my guitar playing. He was a mentor, a great teacher, and a friend. I will never forget what I learned from him, nor will the many other countless musicians who had the honor of meeting Jack Fragomeni.
Chris Bizzarro
April 6, 2009
Dear Mrs Fragomeni, I met Jack last summer at the Skidmore Jazz Institute. I'll always remember how he went out of his way to make me feel welcome and comfortable. Please accept my condolences and know that you and your family are in my prayers.
Dennis Mackrel
April 6, 2009
To the Fragomeni family,

Jack and my father Larry Jackson were very good friends as well as partners in the music world. I always enjoyed watching them play their music together because they always had such a good time doing it.

One thing that really stuck in my heart is when Jack "The Frag" as my dad called him came to say good-bye to his friend for the last time. Jack leaned over and whispered in my father's ear, "Save me a good seat my friend" then kissed him on the cheek. Please take comfort as I do knowing that Jack is with his god now and part of one heck of a band that we will all hear again someday.
Terri Jackson-Jones
April 6, 2009
Dearest Rose my deepest sympathies.
Jack was an old friend and as you know we spent a lot of time with nick. i am shocked and will miss jack.
richard syracuse
April 6, 2009
Dear Rose,
I'm saddened to hear of your loss. Jerry had a great respect for Jack's talent. My sincere condolences to you and your family.
Kathy Engelhardt
April 6, 2009
I have not known Jack for very long-two or three months to be exact. Jack was my guitar instructor at Schenectady County Community College this semester, and he has not just guided me through music but life in itself. He is a beloved teacher to many and also a dear friend. I will never forget him.
Zachary Sorel
April 6, 2009
Dear Rose,

Your loss is all of our loss. Jack meant so much to so many people that his absence will be felt in ways that we can't even imagine. For myself, there's never been a friend that was more true, or more solid than Jack was. And I am truly honored, and privileged to have known him, and to have been his friend. We're here for you. If there's anything we can do, please don't hesitate to ask.

You are both always in our hearts and in our thoughts.

Michael, Sandi and Peter Formanek
Michael Formanek
April 6, 2009
April 6, 2009
I will miss him and his music. I remember when I worked for Amtrak and Jack road the train to the city with me. It was hard to get reception on the radio so I could listen to jazz. When Jack was on my train I took him up to the crew car and he would play while I did my paper work.A memory I will never forget. We will miss him very much.
Joe Pratico
April 6, 2009
I met Jack while taking his fly fishing course at the College of Saint Rose. Although I did not know him well, he has always stuck in my head as a very unique, talented and special person. It is amazing how people may come in to your life for a short amount of time, but be remembered forever. He will not be forgotten.
Gina DeNardo
April 6, 2009
To Jack's Family,

Jack is my second cousin. He and I lived together many years ago on Clarendon Street in Schenectady, NY. In my opinion, Jack was a very talented and schooled jazz guitarist. I heard him play out many times and was always very impressed with his playing skills on the guitar. I fell asleep many nights to Jack's guitar playing heard through my bedroom wall as he played until the wee hours of the morning. We shared some real fun times, good music and alot of laughter... I am so sorry for your loss. Jack, you will be missed by many and please keep on playing that guitar.
Louis DeNovio
April 6, 2009
To Mrs. Fragomeni and family….I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Jack was a very good friend and a very special person. On many occasions I would accompany him on fishing trips and he would always out fish me. I spent many hours with him at Goldstocks talking about not only fishing but also from everything from politics’ to old neighborhood friends to family. I will miss him dearly and he will always be in my prayers. As fishermen say “tight lines” and I’m sure Jack is at the gates of St. Peter with his guitar and fly rod in hand….Richard A. Eats
richard eats
April 6, 2009
To the Fragomeni Family and the Albany Jazz Community,
To Rose, my condolences to you.
Jack was my close friend during the 1970's and early 80's. We both were learning the jazz tunes. We played a lot of jobs together - wedding, concerts, the Downtown Athletic Club, you name it. We played with the usual suspects - Larry, Nick, Dave, Lee, Stan, Jody, Mike to name a few. I've added a photo of the two of us after a concert. We were a lot younger.
Jack, I'll miss you.
George Kaye
April 6, 2009
Rose, my deepest sympathies, I will always remember Jack with a smile on my face, though we didn’t see each other as often as we would have liked for the past 30 years we certainly had some great times when we were able to get together. We met through his music and the mutual love of the outdoors brought us together. His company will be missed , but I will always remember his smile and laugh and the great time we did share. Rest well Jack, my friend and thank you for sharing him with me Rose.
David Pasquariello
April 6, 2009
Richard,

My thoughts and prayers are with you, your mom and family at the loss of your brother Jack. I had the pleasure of hearing his music at St. Rose. I will remember Jack and all of your family at Mass.
Tom Berardi
April 6, 2009
I'm so sorry for your loss. I studied guitar with Jack at College of St. Rose in the mid 90's. I really enjoyed studying under him, talking with him, and hearing him play. Jack made me a better musician. He will be missed.
Chris OConnor
April 6, 2009
We are saddened to learn of Jack's passing. We knew him for many years. Had some special times at Cock n Bull in Galway. The music world has lost a talented man. Our thoughts are with the family.
Bill & Noreen Hansen
April 6, 2009
Jack was a special person, friend, and educator. He will be sadly missed. I have had the pleasure of his company several times through our mutual flyfishing friends. A comfort is that is with my father-in-law, Rudy Romania fishing for brown trout somewhere...
Christopher Gosselin
April 6, 2009
My prayers go out to Jacks family. We have shared many times of great music together. Jack will be greatly missed in the music community.
God Bless
April Marie
April Marie
April 6, 2009
Richard, sorry I will not be able to be with you for your brother's services, but please know that he & all of your family are in my prayers!
Tony Kall, OFM Conv.
April 6, 2009
To the Fragomeni Family,

I had the priviledge of hearing Jack perform at many venues over the years and admired his profound virtuosity and musicianship. I was saddened to hear of his passing and offer my sincere condolences to all of you. He will be greatly missed by all of us who had the good fortune to hear him play.
Leslie Hyland
April 6, 2009
My condolences to you Mrs. Fragomeni. Jack will be very much missed by the jazz communi†y as well as your family.
Rudy Lu
April 6, 2009
I only knew Jack by stopping by at Goldstock's for fly fishing stuff but he was always very helpful and just a nice guy. He also recommended to me a guide for fishing in the Florida Keys which worked out quite well. Always friendly. I only regret that I did not get to here him play guitar. He will be missed.
Paul
April 6, 2009
Rose,
We will miss Jack's cheerful smile and greetings each time we saw him. He was a great neighbor. We're here for anything you need.
Rick & Jan Potter
April 6, 2009
Jack taught my son guitar back in the seventies. He was a great guy and very talented. I'm so sorry for your loss. My very sincere condolences. Kathleen Joyce, Amsterdam, NY.
April 6, 2009
Jack you were the best friend any person on this earth could of ever hoped to of had. I feel blessed for I felt I could call you my very best friend and brother for these pasted thirty years. The memories of the times we shared are ones that make me laugh and then cry because you are gone. I will hold them close to my heart forever and celebrate your life with those memories. I along with so many others will miss you deeply. May you rest in peace. Know you are loved and missed so deeply and those memories will be cherished as I cherished our friendship.
Steve LaSpina
April 6, 2009
Dear Mrs. Fragomeni: I knew Jack through my dealings with him at Goldstock's. I really enjoyed talking with him about flyfishing and Goldstock's will not be the same without him. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Ron Stidnick
April 6, 2009
To Jack's Family,

Jack gave my husband a great gift that will never be forgotten, the love of fishing. They made great memories and shared many laughs along the Delaware. I know that Tony will always cherish that special bond that they had and I will always be grateful to Jack for giving him that passion. His many talents and his zest of life will be greatly missed.
Shannon DiCarlo
April 6, 2009
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