CHATHAM - Frank Joseph Aldrich, 72 years old died peacefully on Wednesday September 21, 2016 at the McCarthy Care Center. After being diagnosed with cancer in late December 2015 his unwavering faith in God, the love, devotion and prayers of family and friends, and his acceptance of God's will sustained him for nine months.

Born on March 6, 1944 in Denver, CO to Frank and Norma Fantoni Aldrich, he grew up in Lee, MA with his two sisters Linda and Norma. After graduating from Lee HS in 1961 he proudly served in the U.S. Air Force then went on to attend the UMass School of Management graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1973.

In 1967 Frank married his lifelong sweetheart, Ellen. Married for 50 years, together they were a constant, loving and guiding presence in the lives of their two children Kristen and John, daughter-in-law Kathleen, and in the lives of their grandchildren, Evan and Violet.

Known for his intelligence, strong sense of commitment and his kind and honest demeanor, Frank strongly believed in "Doing The Right Thing Always". It was evident in all aspects of his life; with his faith, family and in his business. As a young man just out of college with a family of four to support he worked tirelessly for IBM and quickly rose through the ranks to a management position. Deciding that he wanted to make a contribution at a more local level he took the step to branch out on his own. Personal computing was just starting to emerge and Frank sensed opportunity and opened a Computerland franchise in Northampton, MA in 1985. He expanded with two more locations in Pittsfield and in West Springfield and successfully ran the business for 20 years until his retirement in 2005.

It was then that Frank and Ellen relocated to Chatham, MA. But retirement didn't last long, his entrepreneurial spirit along with his desire to serve the greater good quickly took hold again and Frank opened a Cape Cod office of Visiting Angels Senior Home Care in 2008. Frank remained President until his illness.

Frank deeply loved his family and his Catholic faith. He possessed a true servant's heart. Throughout his life he stood as an example for others to follow. From trips volunteering in Haiti and Missionaries of the Poor in Jamaica, pilgrimages to many religious sites, to his involvement with numerous Catholic organizations and prayer groups. He was a faithful member of the Gentlemen of St. Joseph in Turners Falls, and last year he started a men's prayer group from his home until it became too large and was moved to the Holy Trinity Church library in Harwich. These were all life changing experiences for him, and others as well.

Frank was a wonderful husband, father, papa, brother and friend. With a zest for life, he loved cars, always dreamed of a bigger boat, loved traveling, relished spending time with family and friends (often over a great glass of wine, and an occasional cigar), venturing to new places, and enlightening his grandkids. His kind heart, generous spirit and loving nature will be missed but never forgotten.

Thank you to our wonderful staff and caregivers from Visiting Angels who cared for Frank. The family also wishes to thank Dr. Jorge Alfonso and the staff at McCarthy Care Center for their kind, compassionate and loving care of Frank and our whole family.

His Wake will be Friday September 30th at Morris, O'Connor and Blute Funeral Home in Harwich center from 4-7 PM.

A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Trinity Church in Harwich on Saturday October 1st at 11:30AM.

Burial will be on Monday October 3rd, 11:30AM at St. Mary's Cemetery in Lee, MA.

For online condolences, please visit: www.MorrisO'ConnorBlute.com

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Hope Hospice, 765 Attucks Lane Hyannis, MA 02601 or Project Rachel 61 South Avenue Natick, MA 01760