Antoneil Henry Obituary, Death – Henry “Hank” Fragasse, age 83, of Dover, died away peacefully from the company of his six daughters and sons early on Sunday morning, November 20, 2011, in the assisted living facility known as Park Village. Enrico Rinaldo Fragasse was one of the fifteen children that were born to the late Pasquale Fragasse and Elizabeth Antonelli Fragasse.
He was born on January 24, 1928 in the house that his family occupied in New Philadelphia. Henry was just two years old when his family relocated to their new home on Regent Street, and he would remain a resident of that house for the remainder of his eighty-one years of life. Henry grew up in Dover after the move. He was a 1946 alumnus of Dover High School.
Where he was an athletic standout playing basketball and four years of varsity football as quarterback and linebacker, earning him and All Ohio honorable mention during his senior year. His friends and family knew him best as Hank. He received an all-Ohio honorable mention during his senior year. When Hank wasn’t competing in sports, you could find him working as a caddy at Union Country Club.
Where he honed his skills as a golfer and developed the ability to play a stunning game of golf without ever picking up a driver. After the conclusion of World War II, Hank enlisted in the United States Navy and served over the years that followed until the outbreak of the Korean War. After completing his military service, he enrolled at and graduated from Heidelberg University with a bachelor’s degree in business education.
After graduating from high school, Hank continued to play football, proudly donning the jerseys of the Navy for two years and Heidelberg for four years during his football career. Hank joined the International Brotherhood of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Local #6 and began working as a brick mason for Raeder Construction during the height of the post-war building boom.
He held this position for a number of years. He was quite pleased of the fact that he had helped bring the current St. Joseph Parish building in Dover to life by laying brick for it. Later, when working for Gundy Construction, he also helped construct the Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School building in New Philadelphia, as well as a great number of other important buildings.
Hank was especially pleased with the brick laying method that was utilized during the construction of the (formerly) Bank One building in Dover, which is presently occupied by Chase Bank. The building is located at the intersection of East Third and Tuscarawas Avenues. The outstanding appearance of the structure was credited to his artistry, which received written commendation from authorities at the bank.
Hank gave up his union position around the same time that Buckeye Joint Vocational School was being established in the middle of the 1970s and went back to school to acquire his teaching certification. This enabled him to be a pioneer in the masonry education program that Buckeye offered. When it came to the young folks of the valley, Hank fit in perfectly. He had served on the football coaching staff of the Tuscarawas Central Catholic Saints under the direction of the late Art Teynor from Hank’s early years coaching the St. Joseph Ramblers through the consolidation into Tuscarawas Central Catholic ultimately leaving the sideline in 1993.