William J. Frates, M.D., age 84

of Hingham

William J. Frates, M.D., age 84

William J. Frates, M.D., age 84, a longtime Hingham resident, passed away, Monday, February 18, 2019, at the South Shore Hospital, in the comfort of his loving family.

Dr. Frates was raised in Norwood and lived in Hingham for fifty-two years. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross, Class of 1956, and a Doctor of Medicine from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1960. He served as a Captain in the United States Army Medical Corps in the Panama Canal Zone.

In 1967, Dr. Frates joined the former Quincy City Hospital as a staff radiologist, beginning a long and distinguished career at the hospital. He was proud to have served as Chairman of the Department of Radiology from 1983-1988. He held long-term memberships in the Physician’s Club of Dorchester and the Neighborhood Club of Quincy.

Dr. Frates was a longtime active parishioner of the Church of the Resurrection in Hingham.

William spent his life assisting others, both professionally and personally. He loved maintaining the family home and attending dinners and gatherings with friends and family.

Beloved husband of the late Barbara E. (Santell) Frates.

Devoted father of Cheryl A. Maxim and her husband Craig of Whitinsville, William M. Frates of Hingham, Susan E. Frates Dunlop and her husband Michael of Norfolk, and Michael C. Frates of Quincy.

Loving grandfather of Grace, Christopher, Joseph, and Christian.

One of seven siblings, he was the dear brother of John Frates of Beverly and was predeceased by Reverend Joseph Frates, Jr., Barbara Frates, RN, Margaret Geffroy, Ph.D., Richard Frates, M.D., and Thomas Frates, Esq.

Cherished son of the late Joseph H. and Elsie L. (Mulvey) Frates.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Church of the Resurrection, 1057 Main Street, Hingham on Friday, February 22nd at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Thursday 4 – 8 p.m. Interment, with military honors, at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

For those who wish, donations in memory of Dr. Frates may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 or by visiting www.dana-farber.org.


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  • I love you dad.

  • We love you Dr.Bill !! Rest In Peace !!

  • Bill, You were one of the best and the brightest.
    I’ll miss you and all the great stories. It’s been my privilege to have been your friend for the last 30 years. Marty

  • I will miss you William… Thanks for all the great memories from all the wonderful times we had together. Love, Sally

  • He was an outstanding grandfather.

  • You helped a lot of people in your lifetime. We will miss you, Uncle Bill. Enjoy your new wings!

  • Bill,
    Your Spirit will grace us forever.
    Thank you for all your kindnesses.
    With love and gratitude,

  • You gave so much of yourself to so many people.
    Truly blessed to have had you as a father and grandfather of Christian. We miss you and love you. Thanks Dad

  • “It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.”
    -Mother Teresa of Calcutta

    You did this your whole life Dad. We love you

  • We will all miss your father…he was such an intelligent man with so many good stories. Our thoughts are with you all and you are in our prayers. God bless you all.

  • Bill, thank you for the so very many kindnesses you have shown to me and my family. It has been an honor to be your friend. Good friends are priceless. Proud to call you mine.

  • Dear Bill:
    You were very special to me and we shared a mutual love for our dear children, Michael and Susan. You were a true gentleman, so giving , gracious and empathetic. I will miss you. With love, Pam

  • Dr. Frates and I met my first day of x-ray school July 2, 1968. He made sure we all turned out to be successful graduates or you were gone. He never accepted anything but perfection. We were friends. I will miss him. He called me one day many years after we went our separate ways to say he followed my political career and thought I was doing a great job! I always treasured that call. He was a fine Doctor and a DAMN fine man. RIP Bill! I mean Dr. Frates!

  • Dr Frates, thank you so very much for sharing your life and family with all of us!

  • Dr. Frates, I am so very grateful and honored to have worked with you and to have you as a mentor and friend for all these years. I will forever miss our long conversations, and your very much appreciated advice and wisdom. I will miss you. Phyllis Greeley

  • Dr.Bill and I shared a special bond when our children, Michael and Susan, were married. He is a great loss to our family, such an elegant and kind man. I will miss him.
    Pam Carleton

  • My. Sympathy to all the family.
    Bill was my classmate at Holy Cross and always a fine gentleman and Christian.
    We were blessed to have known him.
    John Bagley ‘56

  • Dr. William Frates was an ardent supporter of WORK, Inc. and a dedicated Board Member of our colleague company Facilities, Management & Maintenance, Inc. We thank him for his service and dedication to individuals with disabilities. Jim C.

  • Cheryl, Craig, Grace, Chris and Joseph, So very sorry for your loss. When one chapter of our life ends another is just beginning.

  • Dr Frates, you were always there for all of us especially the people of Queen Ann lane and King Philip thank you for your professionalism and friendship – you will be missed-RIP.

  • Bill has been a dear friend for many years! We extend our prayers for Bill & Barbara and the rest of the family. Compassion was an outstanding characteristic of Bill’s that we had the good fortune to experience on several occasions. May he and Barbara Rest In Peace as they are reunited in Heaven

  • Bill was a classmate at Holy Cross and a good guy…a REALLY good guy!!

  • Bill you were always a solid, dependable friend, Holy Cross classmate and professional, generating hope for others, and perspective for all. I will stay in touch through prayer/memories and inspiration. Peace.

  • I just found out today that my dear cousin Bill passed away last month! I’m absolutely heartbroken, and send my deepest condolences to Michael, Billy, Susie, and Cheryl, and to Christian and the other grand kids. Aunt Elsie, Uncle Joe, Bill and all his sisters and brothers meant so much to me and my sisters growing up . They were our role models of hard work, perseverance, and professional achievement. I treasure the times Bill and I spent together in the past few years. And I’m so very glad I made that visit to see him at Harbor House on Jan. 31st. My heart goes out to the entire family. We have lost a bright light. Bill’s kindness, wit, and intelligence will be sorely missed. God bless you, Bill. Flights of angels…