Commander George David Fraunces III
December 20, 1936 – July 15, 2020
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to George and Anne Fraunces. George graduated from St. Joseph’s Prep in 1954, Villanova University in 1959 with a degree in Civil Engineering and Stanford University in 1969 with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation from Villanova, he was commissioned as an officer joining the U.S. Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps.
Soon after graduation, he married his one love, Rosemary Flood, also of Philadelphia, raising 3 sons and 1 daughter who blessed them with 9 grandchildren.
George spent 20 years serving at numerous duty stations including Spain, Newfoundland, Vietnam, Panama and Puerto Rico - all documented in his memoir, The Lighter Side of Service 20+ Years with the Navy Seabees published in 2018. He served as the U.S. Navy’s Civil Engineer to Latin America and commanded NMCB 133 based in Gulfport, Mississippi. At heart, George was a builder -- of bridges, ports, highways, airports, churches, and San Diego’s wastewater treatment facilities, but most importantly, of family.
With his wife, he was an active participant in the life of St. Brigid’s Catholic Church in Pacific Beach. George was a Knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, serving as its chancellor for the Western Lieutenancy.
Quick to laugh, playful in demeanor and teller of corny jokes, he will be remembered with a cigar in one hand, a glass of scotch in the other and a smile on his face. George loved the Lord, his family and his country. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary, his children and their spouses, George and Tsia, Mike and Sara, Maryanne and Dan, and Dave and Mandy and grandchildren, Shannon, Erin, William, Christopher, Matthew, G. David, Madelyn, Luke and Finnegan. He leaves behind his brother, John, and his wife, Mary, along with his sister, Nancy, and her husband, John (Rory) Garvey.
Guiding and teaching us always, he fought an eleven-year battle with Parkinson’s disease with grace and dignity that finally took him peacefully surrounded by his wife and children. He will be so greatly missed.
All are welcome at the Viewing to be held on July 28 from 1-4 p.m. at Pacific Beach-La Jolla Chapel, located at 4710 Cass Street in San Diego. Private services will be held on July 29 followed by a burial at Miramar National Cemetery with full military honors.
If you would like to watch the services live online tune in from 9-10 a.m. on July 29 here: https://www.facebook.com/events/934767146949814 and again from 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on July 29 here: https://www.facebook.com/events/424550615171946.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Veteran’s Village of San Diego (vvsd.net).
- Veterans Village of San Diego
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Commander George David Fraunces III
July 30, 2020
Rosemary and family, saddened to learn of George passing away. Rosemary, as you recall I served as George's executive officer with the Seabees of NMCB-133 in Gulfport, MS and on our deployment to Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico - 1978-79. A picture attached of me, George and Gene Davis at the NMCB-133 change of command in Gulfport, MS in 1978. I saw George up in Philadelphia a couple of times after he and I retired from the Navy at some meetings up there. May he Rest in Peace. And, may God bless you and your family Rosemary. Sincerely yours, Bruce B. Geibel, Captain, CEC, USN, Retired and Sandy Geibel.
July 27, 2020
George was one of the good guys, a real gentleman of the best kind. I’ve know George And Rosemary, the love of his life, for many years at Saint Brigid. George always quick on the draw with a come- back response to everything I had to say or kid about. You couldn’t put anything past him always sharp as a tack. He will certainly be missed but the good Lord has better plans for George on His team.
I’m sure he will play on the best golf courses heaven can provide.
A fine cigar and glass of the finest Irish whisky to you George!
Joe and Candy Busalacchi