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James "Jim" Frechette

August 18, 1957 — April 4, 2023

James "Jim" Frechette

HINESBURG- James M. Frechette, age 65, passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington after a brief illness.

Jim was born on August 18, 1957 in St. Albans, the son of the late Robert and Mary Simone (Smith) Frechette. Jim was a graduate of Richford High School, class of 1975. In his high school years, he was one of a few basketball players that achieved 1000 points, before 3 pointers were introduced. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Upon his honorable discharge, he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in September of 2017.

Jim enjoyed his retirement. He enjoyed the outdoors, nature, his home, four wheeling, hunting, fishing, photography, and spending time with friends and family at get togethers. Jim was also an avid collector of music records, books, and sports cards. He spent many hours designing and creating the rock walls surrounding his home, all done by hand. His walls and other stonework are works of art, and he was often asked if he did it for a living.

He is survived by his sister, Ann Benoit and her husband James of Williston; niece, Margot Rodger and her husband Brian and their sons Liam and Finn of North Reading, MA; niece, Alison Wilson and her husband John and their children Carter and Macy of Williston; niece, Melissa Van Buskirk and her husband Fred and their son, Ryan of Milton; and special friends, Mark Bean, Carol Fitzwater, Michael Roberts, and countless lifelong friends from Richford High School who were like family to him. He is predeceased by his parents Robert and Simone Frechette; brother, John Frechette, grandparents, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Jim was a very caring, thoughtful, and considerate person to his family and friends. Whenever someone mentioned Jim, it was always followed by, "he's such a nice guy". He will be deeply missed.

Family and friends are invited to Jim's life celebration to include a mass of Christian burial on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 11:00AM at All Saints Catholic Church, 152 Main St, Richford, VT 05476. Interment will take place in All Saints Catholic Cemetery in Richford.

For those who wish contributions in Jim's name may be made to the Hinesburg Fire Department & First Response Department, P.O. Box 12 Hinesburg, VT 05461.

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Saturday, April 15, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

All Saints Catholic Church

152 Main St, Richford, VT 05476

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