2/26/2014 – Robert G. Frickman, Clayton

A memorial survive to celebrate the life of Robert G. Frickman will be held July 19th, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home n Clayton, from 1 to 3pm. Mr. Frickman of 535 John St., Clayton, died at the Samaritan Medical Center on February 25, 2014.

Robert was born in Syracuse on January 13, 1929, the son of the late Clinton A. and Dorothy C. Severance Frickman. He graduated in Syracuse.

On January 16, 1951, he was drafted into the United States Army and was honorably discharged as a sergeant on January 15, 1953, which included time served in Korea.

He married Ruth M. Sherman on November 1, 1953 in Syracuse.

Robert was a Customs Inspector for United States Customs for 31 years until he retired in February of 1989.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 821, Veterans of Foreign War, and served on the Float Design Committee of the Lion’s Club for many years.

His gardens at his Clayton home were admired by many of his neighbors and visitors. He loved spending time with his family and also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, find a word puzzles, and was first to offer a helping hand to any neighbor that was in need. His great sense of humor brought joy and laughter to many family and friends.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth: a son and daughter in law, Mark (Laura) Frickman of Shelbyville, Michigan; a daughter Marcia Frickman-Kuhn of Burbank, California; his brother Donald Frickman of Clayton; three Grandchildren, Todd (Barbie) Frickman and Dustin (Carol) Frickman all of Smithfield, NC, and, Kyle Kuhn of Burbank, CA; two Great Grandchildren, Chloe and Connor Frickman of Smithfield, NC; nieces and nephews.

A sister, Sally Heath, died before him.


  1. Leslie Varner Posted


    Please accept my sincere sympathy. I always felt like family to you both. I know he will be missed tremendously.


  2. Kristi Solar Bice Posted

    I have such fond memories of growing up on John Street and many of those include Mr. Frickman. We were very lucky kids to have neighbors like him. My thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Frickman, Mark, Marcia and their family. May memories comfort you at this sad time.

  3. Rest in Peace Dad!

    I know you will still guide us all, Mom, Marcia and Myself, along with the rest of our family, in our lives and will always be with us. You were an exceptional provider, a loving father and a loving and devoted husband to Mom. You were a great role model, full of love and enthusiasm.
    A huge hug and thanks for all all you did in providing for our famly.
    Your Loving Son

  4. Jim Hastings Posted

    To the Frickman Family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I knew him for years when he worked Customs at the Cape Vincent ferry. He was one of the funniest persons I have ever met. At the same time he was excellent at his job, a real professional. I’m so glad I had the chance to live in the era of those good times. It was a joy to have known him, he rally made the Cape Vincent Ferry fun on a daily basis, and I think of those days often.

  5. Phil, yuvon marra Posted

    Ruth & family
    Sorry to see on computer where Bob passed away.
    Our prayers are with you!
    We are in Florida but will be thinking of you.
    Hope to get to see you in the spring.

    Friends for a long time
    Yuvon & Phil

  6. Carrie Gault-Smith Posted

    My family owned the Gault’s Bait Shop in Cape Vincent for many years wich was located across from the US Customs Bldg that Mr. Frickman worked at for many years during the summer months as the Hornes Ferry ran back and forth. I can remember seeing Mr. Frickman daily as a very young teenager working at my families snack bar located there. He was a very kind man who would constantly joke around with us kids as he had such a great sense of humor. He was a great man that I remember fondly from my childhood. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.

  7. Aunt Ruth, Mark and Marcia,
    our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Uncle Bobs great humor will never be forgotten! He always could get a smile out of anyone.

  8. Peter and Pat Ledoux Posted

    Our sincerest sympathy to the Frickman family. We enjoyed many laughs with Bob and Ruth and will miss seeing Bob in the Clayton community.

  9. Dustin & Carol Frickman Posted

    Grandpa, I thank you for everything you taught me over the years. I will always remember the times spent with you and the fun times we had. You always had a knack of getting a laugh out of me, even when I wasn’t in the laughing mood. I will always remember your drawings, your magic, and your service to the law enforcement community. Even though I do not remember when you worked for the United States Customs, I really believe your pride in your profession brought me into the law enforcement profession. I have donned my mourning band in honor of you Grandpa Frickman! Rest in Peace.

  10. Stephen Link Posted

    Our sincerest sympathy to the Frickman family.We have known Bob for many years,and enjoyed talking and joking with him.We will miss him much.

  11. Aunt Ruth, Mark, Marcia
    My sincere condolences and prayers, I know what you’re going through. The only thing that I can say to help is that right now memories bring tears, soon, memories will bring smiles.

  12. To the Frickman Family:
    I have many fond memories of Bob when he worked as Customs in the Cape.
    It was always a delight to be on the ferry when he came on shift. You never knew what was going to happen next. And when he wasn’t working on a particular day there was no end to the “Frickman stories” that would shared by his co-workers and friends in the Cape.
    God Bless.

  13. paul frickman Posted

    Hi to Marcia and Mark and Aunt Ruth
    I just heard about Uncle Bob. My sorrow is with you. Your dad was a wonderful person and uncle and I have many fond memories of fun stuff we did. I hope you, Mark and Marcia, are doing well under the circumstances. I hear there will be a memorial service this summer and I hope to be up there to see you both (and your mom). My thoughts and prayers are with you…..LOVE Paul

  14. Stan Brill Posted

    To your family, prayers, remember all the good times , I am sure there were more than many , there was never a dull moment when he started cutting up. A GREAT MAN I will never forget him!

  15. Stephanie Diller Posted

    Mark & Laura, my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family as you celebrate and remember your father at his memorial on July 19th.

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