Susan Bock Frayer, 79, of Rowayton, CT passed away peacefully on June 25 at her home, surrounded by family, after a long battle with cancer.
A wake will be held at the Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Rd., Darien, CT 06820 on Wednesday June 29, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral mass will be held at St. John's Church, 1986 Post Rd., Darien on Thursday June 30, 2022 at 10:00 AM with Father Liam Quinlan officiating. Burial will follow at St John's Cemetery, 223 Richards Ave. Norwalk, CT 06850.
Susan was born in Brooklyn to the late Kay & Charles Bock on Nov. 2 1942, and raised in the Bronx. She was educated at St. Philip Neri School, the Academy of Mount St. Ursula and Lehman College, CUNY.
After college, Susan lived in Manhattan and worked in HR for Mobil Oil, the Singer Corporation and ABC. In the 1980s, she taught at United Church Nursery School in Rowayton, and in the 1990s, she worked for Oxford Health, later United Healthcare – from which she retired in 2010. In recent years she taught English at the Norwalk Public Library, as part of the Greater Norwalk Literacy Volunteers.
In 1969, Susan took a chance on a guy named Jim Frayer – their first date was a Rangers game at Madison Square Garden – and spent the rest of her life with him. Susan and Jim celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2020. Together they traveled to Bermuda many times, cruised the Caribbean on the Queen Mary, went wine-tasting in Bordeaux, rode camels around the Giza pyramids and explored the cliffs of Moher in Ireland. In between, they raised two children and one grandchild – for whom Susan recently learned the lyrics to the Paw Patrol theme song.
In 1976, Susan and Jim settled in Rowayton, where they became founding members of the Rowayton Yacht Club. Susan was a longtime PTA member at Rowayton School, a Brownie and Cub Scouts leader, a member of the Garden Club, the Knitting Club – and the first-ever costumed Easter bunny at the Rowayton Civic Association's annual Easter Egg Hunt. She cherished evenings on the dock at RYC with her book club friends.
She is survived by her husband Jim of Rowayton CT; her daughter Lauren Frayer and son-in-law John Toth of Mumbai, India; her son Matthew Frayer, daughter-in-law Kristin Lawson and grandson Felix Lawson Frayer of Winooski, VT; her brother Robert Bock and sister-in-law Joyce Bock of North Falmouth, MA; her brother Donald Bock and sister-in-law Janet Bock of Tucson, AZ; several nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews.
During ten years of treatment at the Whittingham Cancer Center of Norwalk Hospital, Susan became known to fellow patients and staff as "Mayor Frayer." Memorial donations may be made to the Whittingham Center at 34 Maple St. Norwalk, CT 06856. https://www.nuvancehealth.org/giving. The family wishes to extend additional gratitude to the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Network of Fairfield County.