Harold D. “Frosty” Frese

Date of Passing:

November 22, 2022

Frese, Harold D. “Frosty”, 80, of Leroy Drive, Riverside, died peacefully on November 22, 2022 surrounded by his loving family at the Hope Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Janice M. (Haskell) Frese.

Born in Ovid, Colorado, a son of the late Bert and Harriet (Schoenfeld) Frese, he lived in Riverside for 47 years.

Frosty was an HVAC Engineer at Rhode Island Hospital from 1971 to 2004.

Frosty was a former president and coach of the Riverside Little League and former coach of the Riverside Pop Warner Football Teams. He was also a communicant and usher of St. Brendan Church for 40 years and a member of the Riverside Bishop Hickey Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and teaching his loving grandchildren.

Besides his wife of fifty three years, he is survived by a son, Brian S. Frese and his wife Melissa of Three Bridge, NJ; a daughter, Amy B. Frese of Newington, CT; five grandchildren, Brenden, Casden, Hudson, Hadley and Miles and a brother, Terry Lee Frese of Sterling, Colorado. He was the brother of the late Joyce Krupske.

His Funeral will be held on Monday November 28, 2022 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 9:45 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 301 South County Trail, Exeter.

Calling hours are Sunday 3-5 p.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted.

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  1. May you find peace and comfort in the many wonderful memories you have. I never had the pleasure of meeting Harold, but I’m a Frese as well. My father, Jay Frese was a cousin to Harold, Terry and Joyce. My father passed away in Dec. 2020. I heard of Harold’s passing from another cousin. My sincere condolences.

  2. Janice, on behalf of the East Bay Retired Teachers Assn. I’d like to express our heartfelt sympathy on the death of your husband. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

  3. Jan..
    I just saw in the EP Repoter that Frosty passed. I am so very sorry. My deepest sympathy and love to you and your family.
    Priscilla Horton

  4. I also worked with Frosty . We had some good times , some good laughs. Glad I seen him about a year ago, in Med Mall. Prayers for Family..

  5. A great friend. Will miss Frosty. Remembering our many years
    hunting at Big Franks camp in Maine and his visits to Frank
    and Sues home in Damariscotta. We have great memories of
    Jan and Frosty and he will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Our deepest sympathies to Jan and his family.

  6. Janice, Brian and Amy, I can’t say enough about how great a men “Frosty” was. He was one of those persons who always brightened up a room when he walked in. You obviously have my deepest condolences. To say he will be missed is a massive understateme

  7. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss of ‘Frosty’ . We were classmates at Iliff,CO and had great times hunting and just doing crazy high school things. Will miss him.Kenneth Freeman.

  8. Jan and family, sending condolences and our deepest sympathy to you at this difficult time. Frosty has been part of our family group for many years.
    He played and umpired the kickball games on Leroy Drive. He saved many washing machines and refrigerators for the neighborhood with his unrelenting desire to help anyone in need. As Empty Nester’s along
    with the Barbara and Calvin Shaw the three couples became known as the Leroy Drive Gang. We enjoyed many road trips where we learned while
    driving about Colorado and growing up as a farmer’s son.
    We will always treasure our memories that we were lucky to make with you.
    Rest in peace dear friend until we meet again.
    Love JoAnn , Ed Metcalf and Family ❤

  9. Condolences to Jan, Brian and Amy from Barbara Charron and son Roger Charron formerly of 45 Leroy Drive for the loss of your dear husband and father. Frosty was a wonderful friend and neighbor.

  10. My sister Erika and I were coaches and umpires along with Frosty in the Riverside Little League in the late 1980s/early 90s. Frosty was always a kind gentleman who called us “young ladies.” Our condolences to the Frese family during this sad time.

  11. To the Frese family- we send our deepest condolences on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Frosty was an amazing man, always a smile and a wave for everyone passing by on Leroy Drive! Many days when our children played Riverside sports in the rec.field he would come out to watch and cheer them on. His spirt and smiles will be sadly missed in our neighborhood.
    May God bless you all always and may he bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time.🙏🙏..

  12. I worked with frosty freeze.good man many good memories. God bless rip

  13. I worked with Frosty at RIH for many years. He was a mentor to me when I was an apprentice. We had some great years there. He will be missed but often thought of. Prayers to family.

  14. So sorry to hear about Frosty’s passing We are sending our condolences too the Frese Family! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! May he Rest in Peace!

  15. I am so sorry for your loss Janice

  16. Spent many years on football and baseball fields with Frosty. He was a great couch and a great person, always up-beat and I know that he impacted many lives. A great loss for Riverside. My prayers are with him and his family

  17. Sending much love and sympathies to Jan and the entire family. Frosty was such a genuinely good man – he and his laugh will be missed by all who had the opportunity to know him.

  18. I worked with Frosty at the hospital from 1988 until he retired. I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to his family. I’m so glad I got to see him a few weeks ago at the hospital. We shared a lot of fun times over the years. I’ll never forget him. May he rest in peace. 🙏

  19. Sending condolences to Jan and family.

  20. Janice & family, Please accept my sincere condolences in the loss of your husband. May he RIP
    Former Classmate (1965) Patti (Perry) Barrett

  21. Sending love ❤️ and condolences to Jan and family.
    Our families have had so many laughs and made so many lasting and precious memories together over the years.
    Frosty, you will live on in our hearts 💕 forever, and I’ll never eat another piece of rhubarb pie in my life without thinking of you.
    You were a very special part of our lives.
    Barb, Cal and Family

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