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John M. Frates

August 12, 1941September 21, 2021
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John M. Frates, 80, of Fairhaven passed away Tuesday, September 21, 2021 in the Sacred Heart Nursing Home. He was the husband of the late Geraldine (Mello) Frates.

Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Albert E. and Margaret A. (Gifford) Frates, he was a lifelong area resident and a communicant of St. Joseph’s Parish and St. Mary’s Parish, Fairhaven.

John was a truck driver for over 40 years, having worked for several companies, including the Port Authority and doing so with much pride. He drove the trolley in downtown New Bedford until his retirement. He was a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, participating in many events throughout the years. He spent many hours playing with his great grandson Brayden and adored his two great granddaughters Lyla and Zoe.

He is survived by his daughters, Kicia Furtado of Acushnet and Kelly Thomas and her husband Michael of New Bedford; six grandchildren, Jeremy Furtado and his wife Lauren, Justin Furtado, Jared Furtado, Paul Mattos, Jr., Joshua Mattos, and Timothy Mattos; a great grandson, Brayden Mattos and two great granddaughters Lyla and Zoe Furtado; a brother, Peter Frates of Wareham; and many nieces and nephews to whom he was very close. He was the father of the late Christopher Frates and brother of the late Albert and William Frates.

His funeral will be held at 9:00AM from the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at FAIRLAWN, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00AM in St. Joseph’s Parish, 74 Spring St., Fairhaven. Burial will be private. Visitation will be Thursday 6:00 to 8:00PM.To leave a note of condolence: www.waring-sullivan.com.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 23, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, September 24, 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial Private

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Joyce de Sousa

September 25, 2021

Jack was a very special person. I remember visiting with him and Gerri and the stories that showed how much they adored their kids and grandkids and now they’re together again.

Julia Camara

September 23, 2021

Julia Camara

September 23, 2021

Kicia Furtsdo

September 23, 2021

Charlene Hocalar

September 22, 2021

Uncle jack was the best uncle. Us kids could do no wrong in his eyes no matter how much trouble we got in. He gave the best hugs. And We all ways knew it would be a great time if uncle jack was coming.

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Biography

John M. Frates, 80, of Fairhaven passed away Tuesday, September 21, 2021 in the Sacred Heart Nursing Home. He was the husband of the late Geraldine (Mello) Frates.

Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Albert E. and Margaret A. (Gifford) Frates, he was a lifelong area resident and a communicant of St. Joseph’s Parish and St. Mary’s Parish, Fairhaven.

John was a truck driver for over 40 years, having worked for several companies, including the Port Authority and doing so with much pride. He drove the trolley in downtown New Bedford until his retirement. He was a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, participating in many events throughout the years. He spent many hours playing with his great grandson Brayden and adored his two great granddaughters Lyla and Zoe.

He is survived by his daughters, Kicia Furtado of Acushnet and Kelly Thomas and her husband Michael of New Bedford; six grandchildren, Jeremy Furtado and his wife Lauren, Justin Furtado, Jared Furtado, Paul Mattos, Jr., Joshua Mattos, and Timothy Mattos; a great grandson, Brayden Mattos and two great granddaughters Lyla and Zoe Furtado; a brother, Peter Frates of Wareham; and many nieces and nephews to whom he was very close. He was the father of the late Christopher Frates and brother of the late Albert and William Frates.

His funeral will be held at 9:00AM from the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at FAIRLAWN, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00AM in St. Joseph’s Parish, 74 Spring St., Fairhaven. Burial will be private. Visitation will be Thursday 6:00 to 8:00PM.To leave a note of condolence: www.waring-sullivan.com.