Richard Alton Frye of Buzzards Bay died July 19, while hospitalized for a brief illness. He was 87.

He was the husband of Jean May (Cameron) Frye. He and his wife had been married for 61 years at the time of her death in 2017.

Born in Hanover, he was the son of Ellsworth and Gerrilyn Frye.

Mr. Frye enlisted in the US Navy in 1950 and served on the USS Coates.

Following his military service, he married, and he and his wife raised six children together.

Mr. Frye worked as a drywaller until his retirement. He was known for his crafting abilities and woodworking skills: he had the ability to envision something and make it out of a block of wood.

When not immersed in his creative projects, he spent time with his cars, flowers and fishing, among other interests.

He leaves five children, Victoria Frye of Bourne, William Frye of Buzzards Bay, Laura J. Blais of Bourne, David W. Frye of Buzzards Bay, and Phillip M. Frye of Buzzards Bay; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and extended family members.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his son Richard E. Frye; and also by his siblings.

A memorial service will be Tuesday, August 10, at noon at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church-on-the-Canal, 165 Main Street in Buzzards Bay.

Interment will follow at 1:15 PM at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

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