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Socrates Fronhofer

December 21, 1963 ~ January 16, 2024 (age 60) 60 Years Old

Socrates Fronhofer Obituary

Salem - Socrates Fronhofer passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, his family and close friends surrounding him. Socrates fit more into his 60 years than seemed humanly possible. Not by his great achievements written up in the news, although he had those, but in how many lives he touched. His kindness, humor, decency, patience, high moral character, legendary physical strength, grit, and determination drew people to him. And most people he drew in wanted to stay connected with him and he with them. But the friend that was most important to Socrates and the one he adored above all was his wife Karen, who to his last breath supported Socrates’ love of people and the unique way he was in the world. Socrates’ uniqueness included his desire to help people. If one of his large extended family or his many friends needed help, Socrates would show up, do the work, and then thank them for letting him do so. He particularly enjoyed lifting heavy things. He helped move most of his family and friends at some point in their lives, some several times. Old pianos were perhaps his favorite challenge. Small buildings were also fun for him. He believed in showing up for people when they wanted to share an adventure, a success, a failure, or a loss. His generosity with his time and energy seemed boundless. His generosity was particularly appreciated when his impressive mechanical and mathematical skills were called upon. Family liked to tell the story of how he changed an entire car engine at the age of 12.

Socrates was born December 21, 1963, the 11th of 12 children. He graduated from high school in Greenwich, NY and later from the University at Albany. He had a long career at BDP Industries in Greenwich where his ability to solve difficult mechanical as well as human relation problems were an incredible asset. In every setting of his life, he stood out for being that special and uniquely talented person people felt lucky to know and set an example for others to follow.

While Socrates loved people, aside from Karen, the people Socrates adored above all were his four children, Anna Casey, Lucy Elaine, Keenan Elizabeth, and Socrates II. Socrates’ favorite thing to talk about was them, their lives, and their amazing accomplishments.

Perhaps his second most favorite topic was arm wrestling. Socrates was a champion arm wrestler, winning matches all over the world. He also loved to spread the joy to others. He was a mentor to other arm wrestlers bringing many into the sport. He taught kids arm wrestling in gym classes. It was also one of the ways Socrates engaged with people. At almost any gathering he would somehow work arm wrestling into the conversation and before you knew it Socrates was giving someone new to the family a quick lesson on the basic techniques and they would quickly be endeared to him.

Socrates was predeceased by his parents, Leonard Fronhofer, III and Minerva Elizabeth (Shallcross) Fronhofer, and his brothers, Van and Frank. Aside from his wife and four children, he is survived by his siblings, Leonard (Cindy) Fronhofer, IV, Carl (Weili) Fronhofer, Fred (Cindy) Fronhofer, Paul (Ellen) Fronhofer, Minerva (Peter) Campbell, Joan (Jay) Phillips, Susan (Michael) Jaworski, Diane (John) Carleton, Elaine (Michael) Fronhofer; sister-in-laws, Laurel Fronhofer and Janet Fronhofer, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins. Socrates left us all too soon. We will miss seeing your winning smile that lit up our lives.

Calling hours will be from 3-7 pm, Friday, Jan. 19, 2024 at McClellan-Gariepy Funeral Home, 19 East Broadway, Salem, NY.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center, 100 Park Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801.

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January 19, 2024

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
McClellan-Gariepy Funeral Home
19 East Broadway
Salem, NY 12865


C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital
102 Park Street, Glens Falls NY 12801


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