1954 – 2016

FARMINGTON — Robert “Bobby” Frechette, 61, a resident of Farmington and formerly of Jay, passed away Monday, April 4, surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer. He had been a resident of Franklin Heights for more than 30 years, where he was lovingly cared for by the wonderful staff.

He was born in Farmington on Oct. 11, 1954, the son of Gerard (Kit) and Lucile (Reinhart) Frechette. He attended school at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Farmington. He participated in sheltered workshops in the area, Special Olympics, delivering Meals on Wheels and was employed at Work First until his passing.

He was a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church in Jay. He will always be remembered for his contagious smile and his love of country music, especially Johnny Cash. It was not uncommon to see Bob playing his guitar and dancing the jig to several of his favorite songs that his father used to sing with him. Bob enjoyed art and through the years several of his works were displayed in the halls of the State House. A few of his favorite pastimes were spending Sundays with his brother, Moe, making puzzles, taking trips to the Family Dollar Store and going for leisurely rides.

He is survived by his brother and legal guardian, Maurice and wife, Belinda Frechette, of Jay; his brother, Norman and wife, Jody Frechette, of Commerce Township, Mich.; his sisters, Jean Frechette of Sidney, Kathy Dalrymple and husband, Jason, of Jay, Louise Ambrose and husband, Homer, of Jay, Theresa Meeks and husband, Jerry, of South Paris; his nieces, Melissa, Cassandra and Kristina Frechette and Amanda Ambrose; his nephews, Erik and Scott Walsh, Justin and Andrew Frechette, Joshua Ambrose and Jared Meeks; his step-nieces, Michele Reed and Brandy McLaurin; several great-nieces and great-nephews; special family friend, Sheila Poirier of Sidney. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends at LEAP and Work First.

He was predeceased by his parents, Gerard (Kit) and Lucile Frechette; paternal grandparents, Leon and Alpha Frechette; maternal grandparents, Christian and Frances Reinhart; and great-nephew, Trevor Collins.

Bob’s family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude and thanks to the staff at Franklin Heights for their exceptional care and unconditional love. Also, thank-you to Beacon Hospice for their loving care and support they gave Bob and also for the care and compassion shown to his family.

Tributes and condolences may be shared by visiting www.wilesrc.com.

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