LEOMINSTER-Local business owner, Vincent Fratantonio, 61, of George’s Barbershop on 1173 West Boylston St., passed away on January 3, 2022 at St. Vincent Hospital after a three-week battle with COVID-19. Vincent is survived by his loving wife of thirty-seven years, Michelle (Lavoie) Fratantonio, two daughters Renée Fratantonio and Rachel (Fratantonio) Robinson and her husband Christopher Robinson, and a beloved grandson, Theodore Robinson; a brother, George Fratantonio, Jr. of West Boylston, two nieces, and one nephew. In addition to his parents, Vincent was also predeceased by his brother Damon Fratantonio.
He was born in Worcester, son of the late George W. Fratantonio and Rosalie (Malcangi) Fratantonio and grew up in West Boylston along with Michelle who he met and fell in love with in high school. After attending Worcester State College and Brom’s Academy for Barbering and Hairdressing, Vincent combined his knowledge of construction and business through Snap-On Tools and Hartford Conservatories before joining his father in the running of George’s Barbershop in West Boylston. Vin took over his father’s shop and truly made it his own in 2003, delighting in debates with his regulars and conversations with each of his customers.
While Vin spent many hours a week working at the shop or at home on a wide array of projects, he truly loved spending time with his family. He looked forward to Friday nights most when his daughters would make pizza and he would crush an entire pie by himself after fasting all day in anticipation. When the weather was warm, Vin couldn’t wait to take his motorcycle out with Michelle and driveway too fast. In the past year, Vin’s life was further brightened by the arrival of his grandson Theodore whom he adored. His family will remember him as a loving husband and father who went above and beyond to do what he thought was best for them while friends will recall his huge personality, unfailing kindness to those in need, and outrageous sense of humor.
Vincent was a lifelong devoted Catholic and member of St. Leo’s in Leominster. His faith was a significant part of his life and he enjoyed sharing that faith with many. The funeral Mass will be held at St. Leo’s Church in Leominster on January 12 at 11:00am. Visitation will be held from 10:00am to the time of service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, Vincent’s family requests that donations be made to CDC Foundation, an independent nonprofit created by Congress working to end the pandemic. For more information, visit cdcfoundation.org.
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