Donald M. Frye Sr.

Apr 18, 2017
Donald Frye Sr.

Rockville — Donald M. Frye Sr., 83, passed away peacefully at home Friday, April 14, 2017.

Donald was born in Rockland May 24, 1933, to William and Agatha (Towle) Frye. After attending Rockport schools, he enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War. During that period, he spent time in Germany. Upon his return to the States, Donald met his wife, Alice Kinney, in March 1957 at a dance at Simonton's Corner Hall and they were married later that year. Both being lovers of music and dancing, they attended many community dances over the years.

Donald acquired his master electrician's license and worked for 45 years as a self-employed electrician, which included several years working for Camden-Rockport schools.

He was an active member of American Legion Post 30 in Camden for more than 40 years, serving as adjutant and commander, as well as Memorial Day organizer and participant. Over the years, Donald volunteered his time to different organizations, including Sports Boosters and playing Santa. In addition to his work, Donald spent countless hours fixing clocks, building/repairing his Cushman and tractors.

Donald and Alice returned to Rockport in 1987, where he built a home just up the street from where he grew up. It would be the home he lived in until his passing. A delight to be around, Donald had a great sense of humor and many stories to tell and he will be greatly missed.

Donald was predeceased by his son, Donald Jr., who passed in 1996; his sisters, Colleen Roberts and Florence Fossett; and two brothers, William Frye Jr., and Lawrence Frye.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Alice; his daughters, Nancy Keller and her husband, Clarence, of Hope, Susan Berry and her husband, Tom, of Billerica, Mass., Kathryn Frye of Rockport; four grandchildren and a great-grandchild, Trisha Cochran and her husband, Isaiah, and their son, Nolan, of Union, Jonathan Keller of Hope, Kristin Weed, and her husband, AJ, of Lincolnville, and Kyle Berry of Billerica, Mass.; two sisters, Irene Eaton of Camden and Jean Jones of Rockport; as well as a sister-in-law, Esther Frye, and brother-in-law Bill Fossett. Donald is also survived by his many in-laws, nieces, nephews and cherished friends and neighbors.

A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. A reception will follow immediately at 104 Limerock, the funeral home’s reception facility. A private interment will take place at the family’s convenience.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to be made in Donald's name to Rockville Community Chapel, c/o Diane Perry, 5 Lakeview Drive, Rockland, ME 04841 or Garry Owen House, P.O. Box 34, Liberty, ME 04949.

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