Margaret C. Frates

October 10, 1923 - May 15, 2011 

Margaret C. Frates

October 10, 1923 - May 15, 2011 

Obituary for Margaret C. Frates

Margaret Frates looked up at her husband Jack last week at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, her latest hospitalization over the past few years.

There were a host of memories; their six children, their love of cruises, when she suddenly said, "Jack, I want to come home to have a love affair with you." On Sunday, their 54-year marriage ended with her passing. She was 87.

Margaret and Jack both graduated from Norwood High School, but had never met until they were commuters on the train to their jobs in Boston. She was an executive secretary at radio station WEEI and he was an architect at McGinnis & Walsh.

They would marry five years later, on September 8, 1956 at Our Lady of Victories Church in Boston. They cruised to Europe for their honeymoon on the Julius Caesar, docking in Naples, then traveling to Switzerland and France before returning on the Ile de France.

Their love of cruising remained throughout the years, to Alaska, the Caribbean, Spain, the Panama Canal and the Baja.

Margaret Constance Frates was the daughter of Dr. John and Helen (McCarthy) Donovan. She graduated from Norwood High School in 1941 and attended the Bryant and Stratton Secretarial School in Boston.

Margaret and Jack raised their family in Beverly, where she became one of the founding members of St. John the Evangelist Church. Margaret stepped away from her career to raise a family and all six Frates children would attend St. John's Parochial School.

In addition to her husband of 54 years, Mrs. Frates is survived by their six children, John P. Frates Jr. and his wife Nancy of Beverly; Mary Cloyd and her husband David of Beverly; Joseph Frates and his wife Kathy of Basking Ridge, NJ; Kathleen Holman of Beverly; Margaret Fraser and her husband Ken of Kensington, NH; and Christopher Frates and his wife Erin of Gloucester; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Donovan of Norwood and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Francis, James and Jo
Her funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church, 111 New Balch St., Beverly, Thursday at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Campbell – Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, (North Beverly location) Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial in Highland Cemetery, Norwood. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Margaret’s memory to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, 280 Hillside Ave., Needham, MA 02494 or The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation, PO Box 767, Framingham, MA 01701 or the charity of one’s choice. Information, directions and condolences at

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