WILMINGTON, MA — William Pepperrell Frost, Jr., age 91, of Wilmington, Massachusetts and Fryeburg, Maine, passed peacefully surrounded by loved ones, on August 7, 2018. Beloved son of Laura (McKenna) and William P. Frost, Sr., he was born August 9, 1926, in Brooklyn, NY. His family moved to Ridgewood, NJ, where he and his brother attended schools. In January of 1945, during his senior year in high school, he enlisted and eventually was accepted into a pilot’s training program in the Army Air Corp. After World War II, he attended Virginia Tech and graduated with a degree in engineering in 1950. While working as a lifeguard in Nantucket in the summer of 1947, he met a local girl, Carol Anne Norcross, through mutual friends. Unbeknownst to Carol, she had caught his eye and they were married October 17, 1951, with his Uncle, the late Father Horace B. McKenna, SJ, officiating at his home parish in Ridge, Maryland. They lived in Ridgewood, New Jersey until 1955, when they moved with their young family so he could accept a position at GE, Riverside in Lynn Massachusetts. By 1965, they had six daughters.
Bill worked for 32 years as an engineer at GE, Riverside, working on helicopter engines in the aircraft engine division where he made many lifelong friends. He began a woodturning hobby in 1950, while recovering from a car accident. His hobby of making salad bowls became an avocation. Early in his career he was happily surprised to see one of his bowls featured in an ad placed by the Georg Jensen galley in The New Yorker magazine. He was a charter member of the American Association of Woodturners’ Central New England, Granite State, and Mount Washington Valley chapters, a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsman and the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers. One of his favorite pieces is on permanent display with the League of New Hampshire Craftsman. He sold his work in several galleries and fine crafts shops. He was active in the Robert Frost House in Derry, New Hampshire. One of his bowls, made from one of Robert Frost’s maple trees, is on permanent display there. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America, and became an Eagle Scout at the age of 16. He continued his lifelong interest in scouting by taking leadership roles in both New Jersey and the troop at St, Thomas of Villanova in Wilmington, Mass. His daughters loved when he brought the scouts to their camp in Fryeburg that had previously belonged to a fellow scout leader. He was past-president and life-long member of the Piscataqua Pioneers, a genealogical association for descendants of people who had settled along the PiscataquaRiver prior to the Revolutionary War.
Bill enjoyed camping, canoeing, skiing, hiking, swimming, playing bridge, and spending time with his family. He loved his family and made each loved one feel like his favorite.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years. Carol; his brother Charles and his wife Kay of New York and North Haven, NY; daughters Carol Frost of Woburn, Massachusetts, Sally and her husband Gary Whitten of Fryeburg, Maine, Sue Frost of Fryeburg, Maine, Jula Frost of Solvang, California and Lovell, Maine, Laura and her husband Peter Tuite of Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, and Nancy and her husband Jim Canty, of Woburn, Massachusetts, grandchildren Craig, Julie, Nick, Erica, Mike, Stephanie, Jeanne, Kallie, Maeve, Peter, and McKenna, twelve great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt 62), Wilmington on Saturday, August 11th, at 11:00 a.m., immediately followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 12:00 noon. A private burial will take place at a later date. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, August 10th, from 4-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Bill’s honor by mail to the Father McKenna Center, 19 Eye Street, Washington, DC 20001-1425, or online at https://fathermckennacenter.org, or to your favorite charity.
(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)
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