George Fratoni


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Active Member of Dream Machine Classics Auto Club of Eastern Connecticut (DMC), George Fratoni, passed away May 15, 2015, following a battle with cancer; George was 56 years old.

George's Club Membership with the DMC began in 1983, he served on the Executive Board for 4 years as Recording Secretary until the time of his illness in 2014.

George was an avid Auto Sports fan and was a member of the New England Antique Racers (NEAR) Club as well as the Dream Machine Car Club with his many cars over the years.

Our Condolences go out to his wife Sharon and the Family at this time of loss. George will be missed by many of our Friends and DMC Members. For full obituary see below, or click here for a full obituary.

Longtime Friend,
Ron Phillips, Vice President, DMC

George Fratoni at Colchester

George Fratoni and Scott Poirier at New Hampshire Motor Speedway


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George W. Fratoni Jr. (1958 - 2015)

George W. Fratoni, Jr. Oct. 11, 1958 - May 15, 2015 NORWICH -

George W. Fratoni, Jr., 56, of Bliss Place, left this world on Friday, May 15, 2015 after a short and courageous battle with cancer.

George was a truly special person who was born on October 11, 1958 in Norwich and grew up in Montville with his parents Edward and Patricia (Deptulski) Belinski.

He had fond memories of his childhood, playing in the woods at Kitemaug Orchards and spending time with his cousin Ray Deptulski who he affectionately referred to as his "twin brother from another mother".

Never being overly enthusiastic about school he dedicated much of his time to his passion for cars. Over the years he owned countless cars and motorcycles, many of which he would personally customize. He was involved for many years with Dream Machine Classics car club and served on the executive board. To describe him as an avid race fan may not be enough. He loved hot rods, Chevy's and auto racing. He was also a member of the New England Antique Racers, having owned a vintage race car that once belonged to Moose Hewitt.

George had many different interests and hobbies over the years. With each new interest he would jump in head first, making sure he had all the facts and the best equipment to enjoy each one. He was considered by many to be a master photographer. He loved the Beatles, especially John Lennon, was a great story teller and practical joker, having once painstakingly produced a Willy Wonka "Golden Ticket" for his daughter Ashley. Camping was an activity the family enjoyed and they spent many summers as a seasonal member of Hidden Acres Camp Ground in Preston.

His work career began with his employment at Electric Boat where he worked for twenty years. He then worked at A-Z Construction before joining the Local Electricians Union #90. For the past ten years he has been a partner with Brandon Girard running Electrical Unlimited, LLC.

Of all the things George loved in his life, including Heinz Ketchup, there was nothing more precious to him than his "girls", his wife Sharon and four daughters, Carley, Jessie, Ashley and Stacie. They were his world and he adored each one of them. He will be greatly missed and forever loved by everyone who knew him.

He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Sharon (Ritchie) Fratoni; four daughters, Carley Beth Fratoni, Jessie Jusseaume and husband Anthony, Ashley Baker and fiancée Roy Predmore and Stacie Trahan and husband Matthew, Sr.; four grandchildren who he absolutely treasured, Nicholas and Tessa Jusseaume, Matthew Trahan, Jr., and Caedon Predmore; his parents Edward and Patricia Belinski; brother David Fratoni; sister Jill Herbert and her son Jeffrey; his dearest and closest friends, Scott and Judy Poirier and Wayne and Debbie Morse and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his father George W. Fratoni, Sr.; and his sister Marylou Fratoni.

George's family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to all of the staff at Orchard Grove Healthcare for the wonderful care they provided.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 21, at 11:00 A.M. at the Woyasz & Son Funeral Home, 11 Jerome Rd, Uncasville. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, May 20 from 5-8 P.M. and again on Thursday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations in his memory be made to the Carley Beth Fratoni Educational Fund, c/o any Chelsea Groton Bank branch location to be used for her nursing education.

Published in Norwich Bulletin on May 18, 2015