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O. B. Davis Funeral Homes

4839 Nesconset Highway, Port Jefferson Station, NY

OBITUARY

Joseph A. Fragapane

September 18, 1978July 25, 2019
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Joseph Anthony Fragapane, 40, of Patchogue, NY, on July 25, 2019. Survived by his beloved children Giovanni and Isabella. Cherished friend of Talia Fragapane. Loving companion to Jessica Bianchino. Devoted son to Joseph and Edna Fragapane and Linda Sack. Loving brother to Lisa Galofaro (Sebastian), Kathleen Farrell, Emma Fragapane and the late Melina Fragapane. His memory will live on in the hearts of many friends and family, particularly the members of the Babylon School District where he touched the lives of many students and colleagues as a history teacher, soccer coach and wrestling coach. Reposing at O.B. Davis Funeral Homes, 4839 Nesconset Highway, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776 on Monday and Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. & 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass, 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's R.C. Church. Interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, July 29, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, July 30, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, July 31, 2019
  • Interment Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Memories

Joseph A. Fragapane

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Mark Malaszczyk

July 30, 2019

For the past decade, Joe Fragapane and I were the AP World History Team at Babylon High School, guiding our students through this two year chronological journey of the history of our world.

We treated our classes as the "AP World Family." We always told our students and their parents that they will feel the difference in our program,...that we are all in this together...a team in pursuit of excellence. It was validating for both of us when parents of alumni would approach us with the unforgettable stories of learning experiences in our classrooms.

My students knew him as Frajee-Poo, Fraggle Rock, Fragilicious, and the Fraginator. His students knew me as the Malazetarian, Malazzerific and the Good Doctor.

He was a wonderful colleague who loved his students. We spent many a common period working on how to be as effective as possible.

Going forward, I dedicate this coursework with future students to him.

He will be eternally remembered for the mark he left on our school, his students, and the Social Studies Department.

Dan Sack

July 30, 2019

The best memory I have of Joey is when the whole family came to Florida and stayed with us and we ended up going to Disney world together. They came to my restaurant and I gave them all shirts and here's the picture of that. They were good kids loving and obviously turned out to be incredible people.

Charles Sampieri

July 30, 2019

Dear Fragapane family. We have never met, but Joe was a friend of my brother, Ted. I knew Joe growing up through his friendship to my brother, John Walsh, Keith Westwater, and Adam Manfre. I was the drummer in their high school band after John passed away when we were kids. Joe would be a regular at our shows and would occasionally join us on stage for a song. I always enjoyed catching up with Joe whenever we would bump into each other as the years went by. I always liked him. May Joe Rest In Peace, and may God ease your suffering in this time of hurt and grief.

Theodore Sampieri

July 30, 2019

Like all of us I have great memories of Joe going back to the 1980's when we first met. Joe was in Catholic School and I met him through a childhood friend. Years later we spent weekends hanging out together with friends and Joe would contribute to our teenage band, singing the very aggressive, death metal song. He began to sing regularly at our practices and eventually live at shows. We had memorable times on jamming, from basement practices to live at bars/clubs. Joe always delivered a solid performance and the audience loved him, and wanted more...

We graduated Dowling College together and we both became N.Y.S. Certified History teachers, earning both B.A. & M.A. Degrees.
Joe loved American history, traditionalism, geopolitics, argumentation & debate, teaching, his students, animals, and athletics.
GOD BLESS YOU JOE.... you will be missed.
With love,
Ted & the entire Sampieri Family

Johnny Jagemann

July 29, 2019

Mr Fragapane was one of the nicest most caring people I’ve ever met. His love for his students showed and he deeply cared about us and our problems. Going to his class everyday and interacting with him was never taken for granted as I always enjoyed his insight and his jokes. Gonna miss you Mr Frag. RIP!

Linda Sack

July 29, 2019

My precious son! He was the happiest most affectionate child in any room. He had many talents and skills because of his high intellect. People with sensitive natures, high IQs and handsome features often have difficulty dealing with tragedy. When faced with heartache and disappointment they tend to take it hard because of their depth. Joey as a young child would rather hang out with adults and talk world news and politics rather than play with kids his age. He was smart and my only son and a bright light of my life. The news of his death struck a blow to my heart that will never fully mend.

Deborah Sack Mott

July 28, 2019

First time I met Joey (name we all called him then) he was about seven. It was summer before he turned eight. I had prayed for him many times but we lived in Montana and Linda (his mom, my older sister) lived in NY. Those were days long distance calls and travel was much less affordable or common.

Joey was a happy, energetic, carefree, strong, sensitive, nothing is going to get me, rough and tumbling type, charismatic boy. He had obvious love for his two sisters & parents.. He seemed bright, curious, compassionate, insightful., astute & even investigative.

This is my perception of a distant but caring aunt. My heart is to honor him. I heard many many highlights and great reports of him through his mother’s interactions & through years of talking to his sister Melina. I was told of his love for his children and wife, history, sports, beer and yes as a child, Jesus. The involvement he had with his children & their interests reflect a very loving, involved father. His humor & strengths seemed to show up in many ways, I’ve been told.

Honestly I did not know Joe well at all.=my regret! But I know I speak from all my side of family is saying we always loved him & we prayed for him regularly. We always wanted the best for him. Letters and cards etc. are not intimacy but at least we had that...

The last time I saw Joe was a little over 3 years ago. It was the day of Melina’s service. We had conversations. Joe seemed to me a very compassionate and protective brother and son of his mother (my sister). He made a couple comments to me that I cherish. His few words and body language reflected a deep loyalty and love for his mother and his family. I sensed he had a deep, unusually strong, even fierce, love inside him for all his family. That is the impression Joe had on me.

As I read comments about his teaching and coaching, it seems my impressions go along with what others experienced knowing him. Celebrating Joe, my, our love & condolences to his family!

Brian Ugor

July 27, 2019

I have known Joe since highschool. He was one of only a few friends I had then and kept in touch with over the years. He took me to my first death metal show. He loved his pups.
In college, I started training martial arts and after a few years I got Joe interested in checking it out. First with Joe d'arce, and later I introduced him to Matt Serra where he would end up training and later teaching, for many years to come.
I have too many memories to share. From the carnival, to concerts, to watching fights and training.... I don't have the words. I'm gonna miss you my brother 💔
These photos I took were of Joe with Master Renzo Gracie at a seminar from 2014. I remember how honored and happy he was.

Salena Roberts

July 27, 2019

Mr.Fragapane was like no ordinary teacher. He interacted with his students so well,constantly made us laugh and genuinely cared about us. I looked foward to his class every school day because there was never a dull moment. He was the best teacher I ever had and his legacy at Babylon will lead on.I will never forget him and our inside jokes as a class.His excellence in teaching made me love history.May he Rest In Peace.

Linda Rozzi

July 26, 2019

The Babylon community extends our thoughts and prayers to the Fragapane family. He was a wonderful educator, student mentor and friend. Our hearts are heavy, but Heaven has gained an angel.

Supt. Linda Rozzi &The Board of Education
Babylon UFSD

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