on February 14, 2014 - 10:44 PM
Dec. 1, 1926 – Jan. 28, 2014
NORTH TONAWANDA – Albert L. Frappier, of North Tonawanda, a truck driver and longtime Boy Scout leader, died Jan. 28 after a brief illness. He was 87.
Born in Buffalo, he was a horticulture student at McKinley High School and enlisted in the Army the day after he graduated. He became a rigger with the 3364th Survey Company of the Corps of Engineers, stationed in the Pacific.
Returning from service, Mr. Frappier became a dairy truck driver for Wilber Farms and later drove for Dairylea and Upstate Farms. Before he retired, he drove for 40 years without an accident.
A Boy Scout in his youth, he returned to Scouting in 1962 as a committeeman for the newly formed Cub Pack 164. He then became a unit commissioner on the district level and district commissioner of the Tonawandas, serving as assistant scoutmaster of Troop 569 at the same time.
He led a group from the Tonawandas to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico in 1969. He was an Ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow and attained his Wood Badge. His highest honor was the Silver Beaver for outstanding leadership, which he received in 1972.
From 1974 until his death, he served on the board of directors of Nine-Mile Island Youth Camp and was its secretary from 1975 to 1979.
He was co-caretaker of the camp’s buildings and grounds for more than 15 years, beginning in 1993. A new maintenance building at the camp, nicknamed “Al’s Barn,” was dedicated in his honor last year.
He was a longtime member of the Tonawandas Historical Society and regularly manned its exhibits at Canal Fest and the Erie County Fair.
His wife of 47 years, the former Lorraine Amlinger, died in 1994.
Survivors include a son, Michael; four granddaughters and six great-grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held in late spring.