Official Website of the U.S. Marine Raider Association & Foundation

Select Page

Obituaries > FRECHETTE, JOSEPH C.

WORCESTER__ Joseph C. Frechette, 88, of Worcester, passed away in his home, Wednesday, November 22, 2006. His wife of forty-eight years, Marie Ange (Cote) Frechette died in 1997. He is survived by two sons, Sgt. Joseph Frechette, USMC, Retired and Dennis Frechette and his wife Susan; a daughter Suzanne Sullivan and her husband Lawrence all of Worcester; a sister, Yvonne Dolan of Cambridge; two grandsons, John L. Sullivan and Lance Corporal Matthew Sullivan, USMC. He is predeceased by three brothers, Leonard Frechette, Louis Frechette and Armadee Frechette and two sisters, Stella Monahan and Rita Curdosi.

Mr. Frechette was born in Newton, MA son of Louis and Stella (Roy) Frechette and lived in Worcester since 1983. He was a law enforcement officer with the Massachusetts Capitol Police in Boston for thirty-five years before retiring as Captain, in 1983. Joseph served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1st Marine Raiders Battalion, as a First Sergeant in the Pacific Theater and was a member of “Edson’s Raiders.” During his service he received many campaign medals among those, 2 Purple Hearts and the Presidential Citation. He served in Guadalcanal, the occupation of Japan and the Boston Naval Shipyard. Joseph was a former member of St. Stephen’s Church. He was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars-Post 10339, Retired Massachusetts State, County and Municipal Employees Union, the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Marine Corps League and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

A funeral will be held on, Saturday, November 25, from Dirsa Morin Funeral Home, 298 Grafton St., with a Mass at 10:00 am in St. Stephen’s Church, 357 Grafton St. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery, 260 Cambridge St. Calling hours in the funeral home will be Friday, November 24, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen’s Church Renovation Fund, 16 Hamilton St.