Captain Stephen "Steve" G. Fritch
April 28, 2018
Captain Stephen “Steve” G. Fritch, 66, husband of Katy McGrath Fritch passed
away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on April 28, 2018 after a
courageous battle with ALS.
Steve was born in Fitchburg, MA on March 8, 1952, son of the late Ralph and
Nancy (Wicky) Fritch. He was a graduate of the Park School in Brookline, MA,
Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH and the University of New Hampshire with a
degree in business.
He made a career in trust and investment banking at the First National Bank
of Boston, Shawmut Bank in Worcester, and Fleet Bank in Albany, NY. He then
moved to Charter Trust Company in Concord, NH, where he served as President.
After his retirement, he and his wife moved to Rockport, MA where Steve had
spent his summers from a young age. In retirement, Steve happily traded in
his ties for Hawaiian shirts and pursued his Captain’s license, which gave
him the opportunity to move boats from Maine down to the Caribbean, captain
duck boats in Boston, and support whale watches out of Gloucester, MA.
Steve was an accomplished sailor and skier, and his summers growing up in
Rockport were active ones. From being on the race course in Sandy Bay in the
Turnabouts, Firefly and Hobi Cats, to cruising the coast from Maine to Rhode
Island with his family on sailboat Scrambled, to captaining Loblolly Seal
Cruises aboard Seaweed - he was happiest being on the ocean. He was a
lifelong member of the Sandy Bay Yacht Club, where he was deeply involved as
a young sailing instructor, Race Committee Chairman, Commodore, and social
committee chair with his wife.
Steve enjoyed spending his winters skiing. His father taught him to ski at a
young age, and he passed that skill and passion onto his two daughters. He
spent many winters with his family in Woodstock, VT skiing on the slopes at
Along with his wife Katy, Steve is survived by daughters Emily Fritch
Cochran and husband Brett of Boston, Meredith G. Fritch and her companion
Cody Miller of Saratoga Springs, NY, granddaughter Alycia Rose Cioto, and
her mother - stepdaughter Casey McGrath, sister Pamela Prichard and her
husband Robert of Rockport, niece Amy Jacobson Burris and nephew Peter W.
Jacobson. Steve made friends everywhere he went and he will be sorely missed
by wonderful and caring friends, too numerous to count.
Steve was predeceased by a newborn daughter, Hope Elizabeth Fritch.
Friends and relatives are invited to celebrate his life at 11am, Monday May
7th at the First Congregational Church of Rockport, 22 Main Street,
Rockport, MA. Following Steve’s lead, casual attire is suggested and
Hawaiian shirts would be eagerly welcomed! Feel free to leave your tie at
Steve’s ashes will be scattered in his beloved ocean at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be given to the Sandy
Bay Yacht Club Sailing Program, P.O. Box 37, Rockport, MA 01966 or
Massachusetts ALS Association, 685 Canton St. Suite 103, Norwood, MA 02062,
which provides support to ALS patients and their families. Online
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