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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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.


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  • January 13, 2012
    Thea Hagepanos says:
    Mary Ann - I'm so sorry for Jack's passing. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • January 12, 2012
    Jennifer "Frost" Sunnerberg and family says:
    I am Jack's granddaughter Jennifer. My father is James Frost, Jack's eldest son. I live with my husband Derek and our two beautiful children, son Darien Ronan 16yrs and daughter Emma Grace 6yrs. Sending love and blessings to everyone, Rest in Peace Grampa.

  • January 12, 2012
    Shirley Stone says:
    Mary Anne, Please accept our sympathy, love, & prayers during this time of sorrow. Ed & Shirley

  • January 13, 2012
    Marilyn A. Provino says:
    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • January 14, 2012
    Diane Halley says:
    Sending my deepest sympathies at the loss of your beloved Jack. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, Mary Anne. Diane