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Richard E. “Dick” Fratus



    Richard E. “Dick” Fratus, a longtime resident of Malden, passed away Wednesday evening with his family by his side. He was 79. Dick was born and raised in Malden and was the son of the late Russell & Beatrice (Bent) Fratus.  

    Dick joined the U.S. Air Force and served his country during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in Korea & Japan. He attained the rank of Airman 3rd Class and was later discharged in April of 1962.

     Dick would met and later marry the love of his life, Dianne L. Melendy. They were married on May 9, 1964 and would spend the next 52 years together.  In 1970 the couple would welcome into the family their son, Michael J. Fratus. Dick was known as a great dad to his loving son Mike.

     Dick was employed with the Hewitt Packard Industries in Andover as a machinist, for thirty-seven years and retired in 1999.  Dick was the kind of guy that was always working.  He continued working even after his retirement, never one to sit still.

      In his retirement Dick enjoyed taking cruises & traveling with his wife Dianne. The couple loved taking long walks on Revere beach & Salisbury beach, in New Hampshire. There they met and joined some new friends that also enjoyed walks, they considered themselves the beach bums.  Dick also enjoyed spending time on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire with his family & friends.  

    Dick is survived by his beloved wife, Dianne L. Fratus. He was the devoted father of Michael J. Fratus of Malden.  Loving brother of  Thomas Fratus and wife Brenda,  David Fratus and wife Pamela all of CA, Janet Phippes  and  husband  Richard of  NE,  brother –in-law of  Janice & Kenneth Perry of Lowell and Ruth Fratus of Wakefield.  Dick was also survived by several loving nieces & nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Russell  Fratus formerly of Wakefield.

   Funeral services will be held in the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, 144 Salem St., Malden on Monday, November. 21, 2016 at 11AM.

Interment to follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday November. 20th.  from 3-7 PM.

   In lieu of flowers contributions in Dick’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association of Massachusetts, 1661 Worcester Rd., Framingham, MA 01701 or  Alzheimer's Association of Massachusetts 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.




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