Robert Allen Fraim, 87, returned to Heaven on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, surrounded by his loving children and grandchildren, who will forever remember his graciousness, his sense of humor, and his immutable light and love.
Robert was born on Sunday, July 29, 1934, in Chester, Pennsylvania, to Elmer Fraim and Blanche Graham Fraim. The youngest of three very close brothers, it was early on that he developed a talent for mischief and a strong love of family. He also cultivated childhood friendships that would remain throughout his entire life.
Robert met the love of his life, Joyce, at Merle’s Soda Shop. They were married on February 10, 1954, and had three beautiful girls: Darla Kay, Monnarae, and Suzanne. Family was at the center of his life, and he relished each day-to-day interaction as well as hosting lazy beach weekends in Northeast, MD and bustling holiday dinners, where he always carved the turkey and set the tables.
Robert retired as a plant supervisor in 1988 from General Motors at the end of 30 years’ employment. His retirement at age 55 did not bring much rest and relaxation, however, as he was never one for either. In addition to spending time with his family, he also enjoyed facilitating his wife’s home improvement and decorating projects, using his construction talents in building and repair, participating in outdoor activities, fly fishing, spinning tops - which he loved to share with all of the kids - and cheating unabashedly in family games.
The latter notwithstanding, Robert will always be remembered as a devoted and loving husband and father, a caring and steadfast friend, and someone who exemplified the very best qualities in all of us. He enjoyed the simpler things in life and found joy in everything he did. He is, and will always be, so loved, and he will be missed terribly by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
He leaves behind his three daughters, Darla Kay Vickery, Monnarae Fraim, and Suzanne Fraim, 8 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his older brother John Fraim and his sister-in-law Doris Fraim of Brookhaven, Pennsylvania.
Friends and family are invited to visit at Gebhart Funeral Home, 3401 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, and to attend the 11 a.m. service led by Reverend Brenda A. B. Shaw of the Upland Baptist Church. All are then invited to a luncheon from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at The Waterfall, 3416 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703.
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