Joseph P. Frese – December 18, 2021

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   Amherst------ Joseph P. Frese, 67, passed away December 18, 2021. Born March 4, 1954 to the late Italo and Armenia (Forte) Frese, Joe spent his early years in Ravena N.Y., in the Albany area. A staunch Italian, Joe’s years as a youth were spent in the family bread and pizza business, Frese’s Bakery, while also learning the art of sauce making, which he excelled at, from his mother.

          Joe graduated from R-C-S High School in 1973 and then went on to graduate from the Genesee Community College. Community service was a big part of the man that Joe was. It was in Ravena that Joe began his service, joining the ranks of the Ravena Fire Department alongside his brother, Sonny. The seed to serve was planted, and once in Amherst, Joe began a lengthy volunteer service career. A 38-year member of the Williamsville Fire Department, Joe was currently serving as the department’s President. Joe additionally served as Vice President, Captain, Lieutenant, Director, member of the Fire Police, and on many committees and additional organizations within the department. He was a beloved and valued member of the Amherst Police Department as a Public Safety Dispatcher.

          Joseph is survived by his loving wife, Evelyn Tulumello Frese; children, Jason (Tiffany) and Amanda (Rick) Salisbury; granddaughters, Liliana and Angelina Salisbury and Presley Frese; sister Cora (Richard) Williams, many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and his beloved boxer, Ellie. Joseph was predeceased by his brother Sylvester (Sonny) B. (Shirley) Frese.

          A memorial service will be held at 12PM on January 8, 2022, at TheWELLbuffalo, Getzville, N.Y.  Friends may call prior to the service starting at 10 AM.  Donations in memory of Joseph may be made to the Hutchinson Hose Company, 5045 Sheridan Dr, Williamsville, NY 14221 or TheWellbuffaalo, 995 Dodge Rd, Getzville, NY 14068. Funeral services are under the direction of Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home.