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C. Donald Frickman

March 22, 2015

C. Donald Frickman

C. Donald "Curly" Frickman, 90, Riverside Dr., Clayton passed away at River Hospital, Alexandria Bay on Sunday, March 22, 2015.

A Graveside Service will be held in Clayton Cemetery in the spring for Donn and his wife, Esther. There will be no calling hours and arrangements are entrusted to Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton.

Donn was born in Syracuse on May 3, 1924, son of Clinton Albert and Dorothy C. Severance Frickman. He was attending high school when he was drafted into the US Army on February 11, 1943. He served in northern and southern France, central Europe, Rhineland, Rome, and Arno. He received the American Campaign, Good Conduct, European African Middle Eastern Campaign, and World War II Victory Medals. On March 15, 1946 he was honorably discharged as a Corporal.

On April 3, 1948 he married Esther Gibbs, the love of his life, at Trinity Church, Syracuse and she died March 22, 2013. After his discharge from the Army, Curly worked for his father who had established the Jeff-Lewis News Service, distributing Syracuse and New York City newspapers in Jefferson and Lewis counties. After his father died in 1960, he built The Castle Drive-In which he and his wife ran for 28 years. After their retirement, they enjoyed volunteering at the Antique Boat Museum, traveling, ceramics, and especially spending time with their family. Donn was also a school bus driver for the 1000 Islands School System for 19 years. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church and the Clayton Lions Club. On October 4, 2013 he and his grandson, Lance, went on an Honor Flight for local World War II veterans to Washington, DC which was sponsored by American Legion Colon-Couch Post 821 of which he was a member.

Donn is survived by his three children, Kathy L. and Michael Strough, Alexandria Bay and Myrtle Beach, SC, Paul D. Frickman, Orlando, FL, and Karla M. and Lance L. Peterson, Clayton; two grandchildren, Casey Peterson and wife, Laurie Palmisano, Geneva and Lance Peterson, Jr., Clayton; two great grandchildren, Marco Casey Palmisano and Leigh Casey Palmisano; and several nieces and nephews. His brother, Robert Frickman, and his sister, Sally Heath, died before him.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations in Donn's name to either TIERS, PO Box 524, or to the Paynter Senior Center, 914 Strawberry Lane, both in Clayton, NY 13624.

Online condolences to his family may be made at at www.cummingsfuneral.com


#17 Larry & HollY Hill 2015-05-29 07:18
Kathy, Paul, Karla and family, Your mom and dad were to great people that will be sadly missed but not forgotten.
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#16 Diane Reff Morinigo 2015-04-05 00:18
To Kathy, Paul and Karla,
My condolences to the family. Your parents were a great example for all to see. You should be so proud of them. Prayers to all of you.
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#15 Ellen Schnauber 2015-04-01 11:39
Paul - so saddened to hear of your fathers passing. Both he and your mother were just wonderful, energetic people. He always loved teasing me!! My thoughts are with you and your family. Ellen
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#14 Dawn Veres 2015-03-31 13:56
My deepest sympathy for your loss, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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#13 Lesa Winter 2015-03-30 09:22
KARLA I am so very sorry to hear of your dad's passing.To Paul and Cathy my deepest sympathy. The memories I have are endless!! From your mom making the best homemade German Potato salad EVER to spending countless nights at your house,listening to your dad sing. Not to mention my dog! The memories that I have put a smile on my face when I think of your mom and dad!
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#12 Karen Purcell Amico 2015-03-29 09:25
Dear Kathy, Paul and Karla:
What a man your dad was! Full of life and energy. I will always remember him enjoying a summer drive in his beautiful convertible and, of course, serving delicious ice cream to us excited kids. Even after all these years, a visit to--or a drive past-- the Castle elicits fond memories of your Mom and Dad!
Thank you for "sharing" them with so many of us!
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#11 Andrew Bazinet 2015-03-28 11:17
Kathy/Mike, Karla/Lance/Jr/ Casey, Paul and family: I wish you all strength during this time. Don and Esther were a great loving team that took me under their wings when I was young. They were so giving and kind to me. Always great times and many many laughs. They will be missed by everyone.
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#10 Bev VanBrocklin 2015-03-27 15:55
Kathy, Mike and family. So sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. My thoughts and sympathy with you at this time.
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#9 Chelley Dingman 2015-03-27 15:12
Kathy & Frickman family. So sorry to learn of your loss.Your dad was a special man and will be greatly missed by all.
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#8 Mickey Orvis 2015-03-26 18:02
Karla,In your time of sorrow our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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