2013-09-12 / Obituaries

The Rev. James B. M. Frost

James Bertram Manwaring Frost died peacefully in his sleep on September 6, 2013, in Houston, Texas. He was born on February 8, 1925, in Paterson, N. J., to James Bertram and Marion Frost. His early work experience included working in farming, driving a fuel oil truck, a stint with bottling for Pepsi-Cola, being a biological laboratory assistant for Squibb, and tree expert for a landscaping firm as well as a caretaker while attending college. He loved to sing and went to Westminster Choir College in New Jersey before going on to Maryville College in Tennessee.

After graduating from college, Jim enlisted in the U. S. Army. He went to officer training school and would eventually reach the rank of first lieutenant. He met and married Barbara Hill Learned, also in the Army, and after serving honorably, he retired to become a professional executive for the Boy Scouts of America in the Finger Lakes region in New York.

In 1957 Jim moved to Andover, N. J., to attend Princeton Theological Seminary after receiving God’s call to become a Presbyterian minister. While attending seminary, he served as a Student Pastor for the Andover Presbyterian Church. Almost four years later he became the Assistant Pastor for the Pleasantville Presbyterian Church in Pleasantville, N. Y., serving alongside the Rev. John Whallon. Jim remained there until 1966 when he accepted the call to become the pastor of the United Presbyterian Church in Patterson, N. Y., where he would serve until he retired in 1990.

The Reverend Frost was a pastoral counselor and spiritual leader who also became a practicing psychotherapist in 1976 after receiving a second master’s degree, this one a Master of Science from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He continued to serve as a counselor even after he retired from the church.

Jim Frost was actively involved with The Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center in Holmes, N. Y., beginning in 1960 and continuing for more than twenty-five years as he served in various capacities on-site and as a member of the Board of Directors. All of his children followed him to the camp as campers and later as summer and/or year-round employees at the Center.

Throughout his life, Jim served others whether it was in the military, as a pastor, as a member of his local fire department, as an advocate for outdoor camping, or in the role of scout leader.

Jim is survived by his five children, Fred, David, Peter, Ann, and Debbie, eleven grandchildren, one great grandchild, and his second wife, Arlene. There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning, October 12, at the Patterson Community Church on Route 311 in Patterson.

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