Tonawanda News

February 4, 2014

Albert L. Frappier

The Tonawanda News


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.
Upon retiring as a driver of 40 accident-free years from Wilber Farms/Dairylea/Upstate Farms and yearning to return to the Southwest, they enjoyed a two-month camping adventure throughout New Mexico, Arizona, and the Rockies. As a member of the Tonawandas Historical Society, he spent many years working at the Erie County Fair exhibits and Canal Fest.
He is survived by his son, Michael (Jan) of North Tonawanda; four granddaughters, Jen (Jim) Munt of Tonawanda, Cheri (Jason) Brown of Scotland, CT, Lisa (Paul) Gamizukas of Williamsville, and Lauri (Adam) Fabiniak-Spencer of Dearbom, MI; and six great-grandchildren, Sierra and Summer Munt, Cody and Evan Brown, Olivia Gamizukas, and Reagan Spencer; also a niece and several nephews. Predeceased by his sister, Beatrice Ammerman. He will be sadly missed by many friends and neighbors, especially Doloras Janeke and the Johns, Shamrock, Winkler and Vater families.
Memorial donations may be made in his name to Nine Mile Island Camp, 35 Louisa Pkwy., North Tonawanda, NY 14120-5507. There will be no prior visitation. A Celebration of Life will be held in the late spring.
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