October 09, 1926 - October 29, 2008
October 09, 1926 - October 29, 2008
A Funeral Mass for Eugene "Gene" Francis Frain, 82, will be celebrated on Saturday morning, November 1, 2008, at 10 AM in the Church of Saint Patrick, Watertown.Mr. Frain, a son of the late Owen and Margaret (McSeeney) Frain, was born in Somerville, but lived most all his life in Watertown. He was a graduate of Watertown High School and served in the US Army in the 7th Division Band during World War II. He served another term of duty during the Korean Conflict also with the US Army Band.Mr. Frain was an employee for 45 years of Haartz-Mason Company in Watertown until his retirement. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Tomas Cardinal O'Fiaich Division 14, Watertown, and the Knights of Columbus Council #155, Watertown. Mr. Frain was a lifelong and accomplished musician, specializing in the tin whistle, flute and piano. He was recognized by the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Northeast Region of the North American Province by being inducted into the Hall of Fame in November 2005. The following quote is from the web site of The Comhaltas: Hanafin-Cooley Branch in Boston which promotes traditional Irish Culture, Music and Dance in the Boston Area: "Inducted to its The Hall of Fame byThe Northeast Region of the North American Province - November 5, 2005Owen Frain's son, Gene, was born in 1926 in Somerville, Massachusetts, and at an early age moved to Watertown. Gene was given a whistle as soon as his fingers were big enough to cover the holes. And later, when his fingers had grown enough to span and cover the holes on a flute, he was given a wooden flute. At age fourteen Gene began to learn the silver flute, but at first everything he did to play good Irish wooden flute was incorrect for his classical music playing. He persisted, and played well enough to perform for his country in the U.S. Army Band for three years. He made 78 recordings with Billy Caples on the piano, in the 1950s, Billy Caples having been a graduate of the Berklee College of music and a great teacher, and a performer for many years in the dance halls of Boston.Besides his lovely playing and repertoire, always welcome, Gene Frain has been known throughouthis life as a rich source of music and Irish music history in the Boston area, generous with his knowledge and helpful to all-an essential part of the survival of such an oral music tradition."Mr. Frain played in a number of Irish bands and was interviewed by Susan Gedutis for her book, "See You at the Hall: Boston's Golden Era of Irish Music and Dance." He died at his residence on Wednesday, October 29, 2008. He had recently celebrated his 82nd birthday earlier in the month.He was the devoted brother of Katherine Frain O'Brien of So. Weymouth, John P. Frain of Watertown, Paul J. Frain of Bellingham, Maureen Frain Villemaire of Arlington, Tex., and the late Margaret Frain Martino; and was also loved by 12 nieces and nephews. A visiting hour will be held in the MacDonald, Rockwell & MacDonald Funeral Home at 270 Main St., on Rte. 20, Watertown on Saturday from 8:30-9:30 AM. His Funeral Mass will follow and will be celebrated at 10 AM in the Church of Saint Patrick, 212 Main St., Watertown. Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Watertown. Relatives and friends kindly invited to attend. Memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Sylvan Rd., Suite G-500, Woburn, MA 01801.For further info., please refer to www.macdonaldrockwell.com or call617 924 4700
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