Obituary for Donald Frye Sr.
ROCKVILLE - Donald M. Frye, Sr., 83, passed away peacefully at home Friday, April 14, 2017.
Donald was born in Rockland on 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 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 over 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 is 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, MA, Kathryn Frye of Rockport; four grandchildren and one 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, MA; 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 3:00 p.m., Friday, April 21, 2017 at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, 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 Dr., Rockland, ME 04841 or Garry Owen House, PO Box 34, Liberty, ME 04949.