February 3, 1942 — November 30, 2018
LAKE LUZERNE — Joseph J. Frinton, loving husband, cherished father, adored pop and great-grandfather, left us on Nov. 30, 2018 at Glens Falls Hospital.
He was born on Feb. 3, 1942 in Yonkers to Anthony and Mildred Frinton. There are many stories of Joe as a child and his many adventures in Bolton Landing and Lake George. Joe was the younger brother of Anthony Frinton (dec.), Jane Michel of Stuart, Florida and Robert (Rosemary) Frinton of Lexington, Kentucky. Joe had one younger sister, Patricia (Kevin) Ryan. Joe was always the life of the family parties and was always ready to make someone a drink or tell a joke. His nephews and nieces adored their uncle Joe and traveled far to make sure that they didn’t miss time with him and the rest of the family.
Joe married the love of his life, Christa Boas, on Oct. 27, 1962. They spent their 56 years together running their family business, Joe’s Mini Mart, traveling and raising their children, Rick (Lisa) Frinton of Hadley, Rhonda (Kevin Dastalto) Campbell of Fort Edward and Jim (Sandy) Frinton of LaGrange. Joe loved his grandchildren and had a special bond with each one, Jake (Marisa) Sutliff of Green Island, Dillon (Kate LaFerriere) Frinton of Hadley, Kathryn Frinton of Hadley, Nicole Campbell of Fort Edward and Marcus and Megan Frinton of LaGrange. His two great-grandchildren were just born this year and he enjoyed his time with them, Nora Sutliff and Noah Frinton.
Joe served in the Navy before joining the NYPD. After retiring from the police department, where he served in the 20th Precinct, he and his family moved from Central Islip to Lake Luzerne in 1979 to own and operate their family business. He loved his time serving his customers. The family was preparing to celebrate their 40 years as the best place to get a sub, homemade salad or a good story. Many customers would just come in to chat with Joe and enjoy a good laugh. Any employee of Joe and Christa immediately became part of the “Mini Mart Family.”
Joe and Christa enjoyed their time in Florida at their home in Port St. Lucie. Joe made many friends there playing golf and enjoying the sunshine. When family came to visit, Joe always had a plan to enjoy a cocktail by the water at an oceanside restaurant. Even though Joe loved Florida, Lake Luzerne was his home. His love for his community was evident by helping those in need and sponsoring various sport teams, especially the Little League.
Joe’s family appreciates the many kind words and condolences. The words that were spoken speak of the true character of our husband, father and grandfather. “We all loved him. He always made everyone smile.” “Very well known and well liked. A big loss for the community.” “He was a great man who will be missed by so many.” “All of us will treasure the way Joe treated us like family!” “I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed working at the Mini Mart. I always tell people that Joe was the best boss I ever had.”
Family and friends are invited to visit Joe’s family from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Brewer Funeral Home, 24 Church St., Lake Luzerne.
We will celebrate his life at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the funeral home. Joe will have a private burial with military honors at the Saratoga National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Rockwell Falls Ambulance Service at 35 Lake Ave., Lake Luzerne, NY 12846, who were a great help in our darkest moments.
To express online condolences, please visit www.brewermillerfuneralhomes.com.