William P. Frost, Jr.

August 8th, 2018

William Pepperrell Frost, Jr., age 91, of Wilmington, Massachusetts and Fryeburg, Maine, passed peacefully surrounded by loved ones, on August 7, 2018. Beloved son of Laura (McKenna) and William P. Frost, Sr., he was born August 9, 1926, in Brooklyn, NY. His family moved to Ridgewood, NJ, where he and his brother attended schools. In January of 1945, during his senior year in high school, he enlisted and eventually was accepted into a pilot’s training program in the Army Air Corp. After World War II, he attended Virginia Tech and graduated with a degree in engineering in 1950. While working as a lifeguard in Nantucket in the summer of 1947, he met a local girl, Carol Anne Norcross, through mutual friends. Unbeknownst to Carol, she had caught his eye and they were married October 17, 1951, with his Uncle, the late Father Horace B. McKenna, SJ, officiating at his home parish in Ridge, Maryland. They lived in Ridgewood, New Jersey until 1955, when they moved with their young family so he could accept a position at GE, Riverside in Lynn Massachusetts. By 1965, they had six daughters.

Bill worked for 32 years as an engineer at GE, Riverside, working on helicopter engines in the aircraft engine division where he made many lifelong friends. He began a woodturning hobby in 1950, while recovering from a car accident. His hobby of making salad bowls became an avocation. Early in his career he was happily surprised to see one of his bowls featured in an ad placed by the Georg Jensen galley in The New Yorker magazine. He was a charter member of the American Association of Woodturners’ Central New England, Granite State, and Mount Washington Valley chapters, a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsman and the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers. One of his favorite pieces is on permanent display with the League of New Hampshire Craftsman. He sold his work in several galleries and fine crafts shops. He was active in the Robert Frost House in Derry, New Hampshire. One of his bowls, made from one of Robert Frost’s maple trees, is on permanent display there. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America, and became an Eagle Scout at the age of 16. He continued his lifelong interest in scouting by taking leadership roles in both New Jersey and the troop at St, Thomas of Villanova in Wilmington, Mass. His daughters loved when he brought the scouts to their camp in Fryeburg that had previously belonged to a fellow scout leader. He was past-president and life-long member of the Piscataqua Pioneers, a genealogical association for descendants of people who had settled along the PiscataquaRiver prior to the Revolutionary War.

Bill enjoyed camping, canoeing, skiing, hiking, swimming, playing bridge, and spending time with his family. He loved his family and made each loved one feel like his favorite.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years. Carol; his brother Charles and his wife Kay of New York and North Haven, NY; daughters Carol Frost of Woburn, Massachusetts, Sally and her husband Gary Whitten of Fryeburg, Maine, Sue Frost of Fryeburg, Maine, Jula Frost of Solvang, California and Lovell, Maine, Laura and her husband Peter Tuite of Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, and Nancy and her husband Jim Canty, of Woburn, Massachusetts, grandchildren Craig, Julie, Nick, Erica, Mike, Stephanie, Jeanne, Kallie, Maeve, Peter, and McKenna, twelve great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt 62), Wilmington on Saturday, August 11th, at 11:00 a.m., immediately followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 12:00 noon. A private burial will take place at a later date. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, August 10th, from 4-7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Bill’s honor by mail to the Father McKenna Center, 19 Eye Street, Washington, DC 20001-1425, or online at, or to your favorite charity.


7 Entries in Guest Book for “William P. Frost, Jr.”

  1. Jeanne says:

    I love you to the moon and back Grampa. You were one of the greatest men I have ever known. Rest easy <3

  2. Steve Gerhartz says:

    So sad to hear this news of Bill’s passing. He and my dad were great friends and a huge influence on me and many others during our time with Boy Scout Troop 63. R.I.P. Mr Frost.

  3. Kathy Boylen says:

    I am so sorry to hear that Mr. Frost has passed away. He was such a nice man. He put up with our high school antics and participated in several himself. there was one in particular hat I always think of, but maybe this isn’t the place for the story. It was really funny. And him and Mrs. Frost got a real kick out of themselves for putting one over on us! I always felt welcomed at their home and I still beep when I go by if I saw him or Mrs. Frost in the yard. May he rest in peace.

  4. Sue says:

    Happy Birthday, Dad!!! I hope you’re having a great day testing out your new state-of-the-art wings, and working in your heavenly workshop. I know how hard you fought to stay here with us and I’m so proud of your strength and courage. You really are the toughest guy I know. Your passing only changes our relationship for now and I know you’ll be just a thought away. Enjoy your first birthday in Heaven. I’ll be talking to you and I know you’ll still guide me like you have all my life, teaching me to leave every place better than we found it, like you always do. I miss you like crazy but knowing you’re happy and free, and that I’ll see you soon makes it bearable. Love you beyond measure, Dad. You’re the very best Dad ever!!! Your favorite ;-) Sue.

  5. Scott &Darleen &Thomas Harwood says:

    So sorry to hear about a good friend that has passed away. We will miss you very much Mr Frosty. You always made us laugh when you were around. Miss seeing you at the fair. Our condolences to the whole Frost Family. You will bee in our thoughts and prayers while you go threw this difficult time. Carol hope to see you betting at the fai this year.
    Love Scott Darleen and Tom

  6. Joe Gallagher says:

    I greatly enjoyed the company of Mr. Frost, particularly his leadership in the St. Thomas Scout Troop. I spent much time with him at camp 40 Acres and at camp Wahtutca in Nothwood Narrows, NH. To complete a merit badge in Forestry, he tasked me to care for and clear out the trees next to his house. I spent 24 years in the US Army leading soldiers throughout the world. I used Mr. Frost’s lessons in leadership and patriotism to ensure our solders lived up to his life standards and love of America

  7. Nancy Frost-Canty says:

    I’m so proud of you Dad. You were a truly good, brave man whose courage at the end will always stay with me. Joe Cavanaugh and his family at Nichols Funeral Home helped to honor you beautifully. Thank you Dad. I love you.

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