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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
John C. Froggatt
August 13, 1931 - October 18, 2021

Public Events and Locations

Visitation - Saturday, November 20, 2021, 10:00 to 11:00 AM at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, Rockledge
Funeral Service - Saturday, November 20, 2021, 11:00 AM at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, Rockledge
Military Honors - Saturday, November 20, 2021, 11:45 AM at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, Rockledge
Entombment - Saturday, November 20, 2021, 11:45 AM at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, Rockledge


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046 - 215-663-8550 - Map
Clergy - Holy Nativity Episcopal Church - 205 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046 - 215-663-9903 - Map
Cemetery - Holy Nativity Episcopal Church - 205 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046 - 215-663-9903 - Map

John C. (Jack) Froggatt passed away peacefully on Monday, 18 October 2021, and has joined his beloved wife, Elizabeth C. (Betty) Froggatt, in heaven. He was 90 years old. He will be missed by his children Lisa Pollin (John), Cindy, Paul, and Dan Froggatt, his grandchildren Sean (Melissa), Laura, and Mary Pollin, Kyle Froggatt, and A.J. Froggatt, his great-granddaughter, Emily Pollin, and his good friend, Linda Stoker.

Jack was born on 13 August 1931, the youngest of six children, to Mary (nee McAnespey) and Henry Froggatt in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. He grew up attending Ascension Catholic Church, where his father was an usher for many years. He graduated from Mastbaum High School in 1949 and immediately enlisted in the US Army. He served in a select group, Special Category Army Personnel with the Air Force (SCARWAF), assigned to Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. Soldiers in this unit had to qualify as both infantry and combat engineer and were responsible for construction and demolition of runways for B-52 strategic bombers during the Korean War and the rising tensions of the Cold War.

Upon completion of his military service in 1952, he returned to Philadelphia, where he began his first civilian job with the Budd Company, the start of a long career working in machinery manufacturing. After starting on the machine shop floor at Budd, he went on to hold positions of increasing responsibility at Butterworth Manufacturing Company, Trueknit, and Philadelphia Gear. He was Plant Engineer at Philadelphia Gear for more than 20 years. He took pride in the fact that Philly Gear produced propulsion systems for US Navy warships. He loved working with machinery and had the gift of knowing, with just a glance, how things worked and how to fix them if they were broken.

A year after returning from the Army, Jack met Betty at a dance club and they fell in love. They married in 1958 and had four children. Jack and Betty were devoted to each other for more than 55 years, until Betty’s death in 2014. They started their married life in the Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia and moved to Lower Moreland in 1972, where Jack was still living at the time of his death.

Jack had a happy and outgoing personality. He loved meeting and talking to new people, and everywhere he went, people were happier after encountering him. He loved building and fixing things and was happy to help out anyone who had a broken faucet, needed the oil in their car changed, or even needed help installing an entire new kitchen.

Jack and Betty had always loved taking their family to Ocean City, New Jersey and during their early retirement years they also enjoyed traveling on many cruises and spending countless happy days together at Disney World. They volunteered at the Lower Moreland polls on election days, where he saw his primary job as troubleshooter any time the voting machines were not working. Jack also volunteered at Pennypack Park with a group that was working to restore native plant life there.

Jack enjoyed decorating for holidays, especially Christmas and Halloween. At Christmas, he constructed an elaborate train track for his children to enjoy when they were young. On the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve, he loved to light fireworks and fire a particularly loud toy canon.

Jack and Betty were members of Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Rockledge where Jack’s love of fixing things found another outlet in helping to take care of the beautiful old church building, spending numerous hours sanding and restoring the wooden frames of the magnificent stained glass windows.

Jack was a talented and energetic gardener and was adding new flower beds to his home, even in his old age. Playing with and walking his beloved dachshund, Butch, gave Jack great joy in his final years.

Relatives and friends were invited to his visitation on Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 10:00 A.M. and funeral service at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, 205 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046. Military honors and entombment followed at the Bell Tower at the rear of the church. Masks are requested to be worn for safety by Jack’s family.

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