Tonawanda News


February 4, 2014

Albert L. Frappier


Longtime area scouter, Albert L. Frappier, with a twinkle in his eye and a promise to be "with us one way or another", was whisked away by the angels to his heavenly abode, Tuesday, January 28, after a brief illness. He was 87. He was involved in the scouting program for almost 60 years, beginning as a scout in 1937, attaining the rank of 2nd Class. In 1962, he became a committeeman with the newly formed Pack 164. He moved up to the District level as a unit commissioner, eventually becoming District Commissioner of the Tonawandas, and serving as Asst. Scoutmaster of Troop 569 at the same time.
He led the Tonawandas contingent to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, in the summer of 1969. He was an Ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow, in 1977 attained his Wood Badge, an advanced adult training that started in 1919 at Gilwell Park, England. His highest honor was receiving the Silver Beaver in 1972, for outstanding leadership throughout the Greater Niagara Frontier Council. He served on the board of directors of 9-Mile Island Youth Camp from 1974 to present, also serving as secretary from 1975-1979. Along with his friend, Don Janeke, he was co-caretaker of buildings/grounds from 1993-1999. After Don's passing he continued to assist Camp Ranger Bob Renyolds up until a few years ago when he became physically limited. In July of 2012, ground was broken for a modern maintenance building, dedicated to "Ranger Emeritus, Albert Frappier". He was able to witness the completion of the so named "AI's Barn" last summer.
An avid gardener his entire life, he graduated from McKinley Vocational with a degree in Horticulture. The day after graduation, he entered into the U.S. Army becoming a rigger with the 3364th Survey Co. of the Corps of Engineers. His tour of duty took him throughout the Pacific. Upon his discharge, he married his high school sweetheart, Lorraine Amlinger, who predeceased him in 1994 after 47 wonderful years.

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