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Roland Frate

Roland A. Frate, age 77, died Monday afternoon, March 21, in Durham. He was borneebruary 11, 1928 in Bloomfield, NJ to the late Michael and Rosalie Dispenza Frate.

Roland was a devout Christian and involved member of the Knights of Columbus who doneed his time and talents whenee was a parishioner at St. Pius Catholic Church in Conyers, GA. He and his loving wife of 52 years, Louise, moved to Durham last year to be near their family.

Roland honorably served his country while stationed in the U.S. Army during World War II. His career as a chemical engineer spanned 33 years while living in Charlotte, NC; Covington, VA; Raleigh, NC; and Conyers, GA. Although strong willed in nature, Roland was a loving husband, father and great-grandfather who thoroughly enjoyed the game of golf. In his spare time, Roland meticulously organeed his supply of light bulbs which provided his family with many humorous stories.

Surviving are his wife, Louise Frate of Durham; his children, Christine Hester and husband, James, of Garner, NC; Michael R. Frate and wife, Susan, of Durham; Mary F. Latta and husband, Wally, also of Durham; two brothers, Dion Frate and wife, Emily, of Fairfield Glade, TN; Gino Frate and wife, Mary, of Rahway, NJ; four grandchildren, Diana and Benjamin Curtis, Anna Frate and Lindsie Latta; and one great grandchild, Hunter Tingen. Roland was preceded ineeath by his son, Philip V. Frate, and his brother, Victor Frate.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered 10:00 AM Tuesday, March 29, from St. Matthew Catholic Church. Father John G. Parish will preside. Burial with military honors will follow ineestlawneemorial Gardens.

Friends may visit Monday evening from 6:00-8:00 PM at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home.

Flowers are acceptable or contributions may be made to the Knights of Columbus, c/o St. Pius Catholic Church, 2621 Highway 205 S.E., Conyers, GA 30013.

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