January 24, 1930 – June 1, 2018
Paul Martin Fradin (January 24, 1930 – June 1, 2018) passed away in Providence RI at the age of 88. He had been a lifelong resident of both Providence and Newport, RI. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a valued congregant of Temple Beth El of Providence, RI and was a past member of the Ledgemont Country Club and the Aurora Club.
He was pre-deceased by his parents Hyman and Dorothy (Bernstein), his wife Janet (Saklad) Fradin. They were married for 60 years. He is survived by his sister Hope Davidson of Providence RI, his daughter Marjorie Diaco of Pawtucket, RI, His son Charles S. Fradin of Boston, MA. His grandchildren Lillian R. Fradin of Montreal Canada and Michael H. Fradin and their mother Elizabeth R.T. Fradin of Middletown Rhode Island. Also, his loving niece, Deborah Adams and her daughter Alexandra Adams of Washington DC.
Paul was a graduate of Classical High School and the University of Rhode Island. He served as a First Lieutenant in the Rhode Island Air National Guard during the Korean War conflict. While attend Classical High School he was an all-state football player, know to team mates and the press as “the might atom”, due to his diminutive stature, but powerful presence on the field.
Paul was introduced to his wife Janet, through his sister Hope. She and Janet both attended the “Lincoln School for Girls”. After graduating college they married on September 2, 1956. They raised their children in Providence. Paul’s devotion to Janet was unending even as his role changed to becoming her primary care giver until her passing October 29, 2016.
As a family the Fradins enjoyed many events and holidays including winters spent together skiing at their home in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. As his father was before him, Paul was an avid lifelong fisherman. He and Janet traveled extensively both together and in the company of their children and grandchildren. He was extremely well read and conversant in the affairs of the day. They had a passion and flair for entertaining their friends and family at home. On December 31, 1999 the Fradin family hosted an elegant millennium event as a way to celebrate the next century.
Paul upon graduation from college along with his father Hyman Fradin oversaw Charles Fradin Incorporated. Paul expanded the business far beyond its original scope. Paul was innovative and a large thinker. Copley Distributors and many other successful entities followed, along with a series of mergers and acquisitions which added to the business footprint; ultimately becoming part of Horizon Beverage Group. His son Charles followed him into the business where they work together for 22 harmonious years. Paul’s business ethics drove him to place the essential needs of his employees, the larger community, and non-family stakeholders before more provincial interests.
In addition to his own business in 1985 he became a trustee of the Teamsters Health and Welfare fund and the co-chairman of the same fund in 1990. He served in that position until 2016. Being of service to others spoke to his concern for the solidity and wellbeing of society as a whole.
Paul was a lifelong dedicated philanthropist, giving of both his time and resources to Temple Beth-El, the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island, Miriam Hospital, The Groden Center, The Providence Hebrew Day School, and The University of Rhode Island.
Paul’s ability to relate and speak to people of all stations in life defined him as a person, gave texture and meaning to himself and to those who were fortunate enough to know him.
The funeral will be held Wednesday June 6th at 11 a.m. at Temple Beth-El 70 Orchard Ave., Providence, RI 02906. Burial will immediately follow at Sons of Israel and David Cemetery 387 Reservoir Ave. Providence, RI. A reception will take place directly after the burial at The Hope Club, 6 Benevolent St., Providence, RI. Shiva will be held at Laurelmead 355 Blackstone Blvd., Providence, RI Wed. from 5-7 p.m. and Thurs. 2-4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to: University of Rhode Island, The Hyman Fradin Scholarship Endowment, 79 Upper College Rd., Kingston, RI 02881 or Temple Beth-El Sumner Marshall Saklad Book Fund, 70 Orchard Ave., Providence, RI 02906.
- Funeral Service Wednesday, June 6, 2018