Walter “Jack” Sprague Frost

May 2, 1925 - January 6, 2012
Walter “Jack” Sprague Frost

Known as Jack to his family and friends, Walter S. Frost III died on January 6, 2012 at Lower Caper Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter.

He was born on May 2, 1925 to Walter S Frost Jr. and his wife Alma Proudman Frost of Newton, MA.

He attended high school at Mt. Herman and graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Journalism. Jack was a long time resident of the Wilmington/Leland area. Through the years, he volunteered with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Meals on Wheels, Senior Net, and the International Seaman’s Center. He loved to sail and spent many happy summers on Cape Cod. An avid golfer, he enjoyed many rounds with friends at the Pine Valley Country Club.

During World War II, Jack proudly served his country with the 13th Airborne unit of the United States Army. He also served during the Korean War. In later years, Jack was active in the 13th Airborne Association, serving as editor of their quarterly magazine in addition to his year as Association president.

He worked 26 years on the copy desk of the sports department of the Boston Globe until his retirement in 1989. Jack was an accomplished photographer and also wrote the Camera Column of the Sunday Globe.

Jack is survived by his wife, Mary Anne and five of his children: daughter Linda Murphy and her husband John of Scituate, MA, son James Frost and his wife Marita Boyle of Marshfield, MA, son Daniel Frost and his wife Lesley of Bear, Delaware, daughter Sally McCarthy and husband Thomas of Marshfield, MA and son Scott Frost and wife Carolyn of Naples, Fl. Jack was also a proud grandfather of 14 and great-grandfather of five.
He is pre-deceased by his daughter Deborah.

Visitation will be held Saturday, January 14, 2012 from 3:00-5:00pm at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Dr. Wilmington, NC 28401, or to the charity of one’s choice.

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  • October 08, 2012
    Glenn Stimets says:
    Please accept my belated condolences on Jack passing. I am the son of Wendell Stimets who was in 676GFA/13thAB. Jack posted an article about my father in the last Thriteener along with several photos of him. I am forever greatful. Glenn Stimets

  • January 08, 2012
    Barbara Jackman says:
    My deepest sympathy to Sally and her family in this time of sorrow. Thinking of all of you. No greater loss than our parents. Rest in peace Mr. Frost.A

  • January 12, 2012
    Donna Simpson says:
    Dear Mary Anne, I am so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. My heart goes out to you and the family. Losing one's husband is a horrid experience. I'll always remember the laughs and fun that Leo and I shared with you and Jack at your lovely home in Pine Valley and at the club. And, I'll bet that Leo has already set up some golf games to welcome Jack! Fondly, Donna Simpson

  • January 11, 2012
    Dan Frost says:
    From the final issue of The Thirteener, 13th Airborne Division Association Bulletin No. 102, March 2008. entitled “Dismissed!” by Walter (Jack) Frost “Now, with the Association a thing of the past, let us celebrate those years, never forgetting the military part of our lives, glad for the experience, and thankful for the extra years that more than 400,000 Americans, the real heroes of World War II, never got.” TAPS Day is done, gone the sun From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky All is well, safely rest God is nigh. Fading light dims the sight And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright From afar, drawing near Falls the night. Thanks and praise for our days Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky As we go, this we know God is nigh. We will miss you Dad and we love you.

  • January 11, 2012
    Helen & Nelson Best says:
    Mary Anne, It was only a year ago that we met you for tickets for our Leland Hot Stove Baseball League. We are so slad to be part of Jack's life. Fondly Helen & Nelson Best