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William R. ("Edward") Frost
July 31, 1943 ~ January 26, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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William R. Frost, also known as Edward, of Ipswich, died on Friday, January 26, 2024, in the Burlington Hospital ICU. Bill was the son of the late Elizabeth Kendall Enos Frost and her husband, Raymond Harry Frost of Beverly.
Born in Salem, MA, Bill grew up in Beverly, MA and maintained close ties to the community throughout his life. After graduating from Beverly High School in 1961, Bill enlisted in the Air Force, where he served with honor until 1966. Bill then attended Nasson College in Springvale, ME, where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.
Bill worked for the Portland police department in the seventies, diligently protecting and serving his community. During this time, Bill married Ingrid DeBesche in 1967, a union which produced three daughters: Amy Frost-Holmes, Margaret Frost-Schrank, and Kirsten Ann Frost, who passed away in her second day of life due to complications. The marriage was dissolved in 1975, and Bill moved to Massachusetts, where he transitioned to NYNEX, where he worked in management and as a trainer. In 1980 he married Donna Dimitra Dwelley, with whom he had a daughter, Alexandra Frost-Medzhidov. This marriage was dissolved in 1995.
Bill has stayed in Ipswich the remainder of his life, where he has dedicated himself to helping those around him. Though he retired from the phone company in 1994, Bill continued to work in various capacities as a general handyman and laborer, right up until two days before he passed. Bill was continually ready to lend a hand, whether it was picking someone up from the airport, mowing the grass, or helping a neighbor move.
Bill had a deep love of sailing, and spent many summer days with his family on Pavilion Beach. He was also fond of taking his motorcycle for a scenic ride up to Maine to take in the familiar sights and treat himself to one of Amato’s famous Italian sandwiches. Bill was well-known for his homemade craft beer, fondly known as Clamtown Brews. Deeply active in the church, Bill served on parish counsel for decades, and put in countless hours maintaining the grounds, making repairs, and aiding with renovations.
Bill never stopped trying to grow and become a better parent, grandparent, friend and citizen, and has earned the love and loyalty of those who know him. He is survived by his children, Margaret Schrank and Amy Holmes, both of Ipswich and Alexandra Medzhidov of Concord, NH. He is also survived by his sisters, Jane K. Frost of Sandwich; and Charlotte Fierman of Westtown, PA. He also leaves ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and one nephew.
ARRANGEMENTS: Burial is private, for family members only. Funeral services and a celebration of Bill’s life, open to all, will be held at the church of St. John the Russian on Tuesday, January 30th at 5pm. The family will be grateful for memorial donations made to St. John the Russian Orthodox Church. Assisting the family is the Morris Funeral Home of Ipswich. To send a letter of condolence to the Frost family please go to: MorrisFH.com .