NORWAY — Ernest Ralph Frechette passed away peacefully on Jan. 18, at Stephens Memorial Hospital.

He was born on April 27, 1915, in South Paris, the son of RoseAnna Roy and John Frechette. He grew up in Norway and Hartford, and attended schools in Mason, Byron, South Paris, Norway, and Berlin, N.H. He married Nettie Stetson in 1937, and they remained a devoted couple for more than 73 years.

Hard work, dedication, loyalty and honesty were Ernest’s main traits. He worked in the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1934, where he constructed roads. He spent 15 years at B.E. Cole Shoe Co., where he was a top performing rougher. Ernest served in World War II. But his greatest achievement was operating a successful dairy farm of Holstein cattle for more than 20 years with the help of his family.

He enjoyed traveling to many states with his wife in their camper, viewing horse pulling at county fairs, cutting wood, making maple syrup in the spring, and riding on scenic country roads. He also enjoyed family gatherings and playing cards and other games. He was a member of the Second Congregational Church, UCC, of Norway.

His family remembers him as a loyal and faithful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Nettie; a daughter, Joanna Page of Summerville, S.C.; three sons, Arnold and his wife, Pat, of Gorham, Warren and his wife, Beth, of Mechanic Falls and Gerald of Norway; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents; three sisters, Eva Burnet, Yvonne Belanger and Lucy Worcester; and three brothers, Lucien, Oliver and Arthur.

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