John H. Fraits
FRAITS, JOHN H. 92, of Warwick died Wednesday November 26, 2014 at Berkshire Place in Providence after a lengthy illness. He was the beloved husband of Kathleen M. (Penta) Fraits for 34 years. He was born in Providence, the son of the late Ralph H. and Mabel E. (Gaisford) Fraits. John interrupted his college education at the University of Rhode Island to serve his country in the United States Navy during WWII from 1942-1946. John was a Pharmacist’s Mate, 2nd Class. He was stationed at Naval Station Bremerton in Bremerton, Washington and served on USN Mobile and Fleet Hospitals in the Asiatic/Pacific Theater, serving over three years on Guadalcanal. He returned to URI to complete his degree upon discharge from the Navy. John worked for many years as a salesman for National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) but found his true calling as a Social Worker for the State of Rhode Island, Eleanor Slater Hospital for 25 years. John found great joy in helping others and after retiring volunteered hundreds of hours at Cranston General Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, the Cranston Senior Center and Tockwotton Home. He continued to help friends and neighbors into his early 80’s driving them to church, doctor appointments and shopping. John is also survived by his loving daughter, Margaret H. Long and her husband, Randy Grimes of Ramseur, North Carolina, his loving sons; Donald G. Fraits and his wife Cristie of Kenner, Louisiana., John S. Fraits and his wife Dianne of Timberville, Virginia, and Peter C. Fraits of Barnstead, New Hampshire. He was the loving stepfather of Michael R. Yetner and his wife Cynthia of North Providence and dear brother of Ralph D. Fraits of Woodinville, Washington. John also leaves 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren and many other extended family members and friends. John loved long walks, music of all kinds, watching sunsets and most especially being at the beach, sitting in a chair at the edge of the water with the waves lapping at his feet. While clearly inheriting a bit of a stubborn streak, John was the most thoughtful, funny, kind, caring and gentle man who will be forever missed by all whose lives were touched by him. Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Thursday December 4, 2014 from 9:30 – 10:45 am in St. Barnabas Episcopal Church 3257 Post Road Warwick 02886 followed by a Funeral Service in the church at 11:00am. Burial with Military Honors will be at Quidnessett Memorial Cemetery 6365 Post Road North Kingstown 02852 following the funeral service. In lieu of flowers donations to Gentiva Hospice 2374 Post Road Suite 206 Warwick, Rhode Island 02886 in John’s memory would be sincerely appreciated.
Sarah Marquis - 12/01/2014
I will always remember how grandpa made me laugh. I will forever miss his sense of humor.
Andrew Mavros - 12/01/2014
John had a way of inspiring people with simple conversation. I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to share in the celebration of his life.
God be with you John and family.
Dianne Fraits - 12/02/2014
God richly blessed me with 'Dad' the day I married his son and he became family. He was an awesome father-in-law and was so loved and will be so greatly missed. See you again one day!
Brian Denny - 12/02/2014
John was my wife's grampa. I'll always remember the times we went to the cliff walk at Newport. I'll miss him dearly.
Jill Tetreault - 12/02/2014
Oh my, what a guy! Kathy, so sorry to hear of your lose. Had fun visiting John at the nursing home. He was a character! Take care! Xo Jill. Claire Gillard's daughter
Mike Yetner - 12/03/2014
Although you were my Step-father I never hesitated a moment to call you Dad. I'll never forget the times we had growing up from a 5 year old, teaching me to ride a bike, through my rebellious (and sometimes stubborn) adolescent years, and finally to adulthood. I will forever cherish the memories that will live with me forever. I love you Dad. Keep singing "My Way" loud and clear with the angels. I love you and miss you.
Wendy Fraits Aleman - 12/03/2014
Pa Fraits you will be missed. We're so glad you were able to meet your great granddaughter Emily.
Wanda Michaelson - 12/04/2014
I'm so sorry I didn't get the chance to know John better. My prayers are for the family he leaves behind, that they may carry on in his spirit until we can all be together again.