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James Sidney Frohman

James Sidney Frohman, 53, a life-long resident of Suffolk and Chuckatuck, passed away on August 18, 2020. He was the son to Carroll Godwin Frohman and the late David James Frohman of Suffolk.

James attended Nansemond-Suffolk Academy and graduated from Blue Ridge School. He later attended Chowan College before graduating from Marymount College. Upon returning to Suffolk, nothing made James happier than spending time with family and friends. He loved them all, but he was especially grateful for devoted friends Jesse and Jan Pruden, who were there to the end, boosting his spirits and helping in any way needed.

James was a man of many interests and talents. He loved the outdoors whether sitting in a tree stand hunting deer with his Southampton Hunt Club friends or cooking delicious barbecue and ribs on the grill for small or large gatherings of friends and family. He was a serious duplicate bridge player, playing several times a week, and an avid reader and history buff. He was an animal lover, as well, and he adored his Bassett hound Norman. Sadly, James’ declining health forced him to find a new home for Norman. When Norman later came to visit, it brought James much joy.

In addition to his mother Carroll Frohman of Norfolk, James is survived by his brothers, Daniel Frohman and his wife, Karen of Richmond and Charles Frohman and his wife, Faye and their children, Flint and Margaret of Minneapolis; his uncles James C. Godwin and wife Ellen, Dan Frohman and wife, Pam; and many cousins that he loved dearly: Virginia Frohman Gidley and her son Clifton, Charlie Frohman, Paul Frohman, Russ Frohman, Brooks Godwin Olli, Martha Whitney Farris, Virginia Godwin, Margaret Jonas, Eliza Colmes, and Margaret Brown Klages.

A private graveside service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 828 King’s Highway, Suffolk. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous, Blue Ridge School, or St. John’s Episcopal Church. Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com.

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I spent my life with this cousin, starting in the early 1970s when Dad took us traveling from Erie, PA to visit our Chuckatuck cousins. Wed play football, ride the zip line, play war in the woods, or look for crabs off the dock. Most beautifully, Jim and all the cousins and brothers got to spend Julys at Kilcoo camp in Canada - which our dads attended. Jim and I always were in neighboring cabins, bragging how tough our canoe trips were out in the wild for days on end. It was impressive Jim played football at NSA, and Im glad he finished college near me in DC. Losing touch with him for a while, it was wonderful to reconnect with Jim over the last several years as he spent more time at sister Ginnys - with their basset hounds making a ruckus. Jim always brought delicious trays of BBQ ribs & chicken to family gatherings, and stopped often during his trips to Williamsburg for bridge (with others), talking about his love of hunting and days at the Rescue squad. Now Jims with his dad, another in the family taken too early. I have great memories, too, of Uncle David. I hope in Heaven they can find peace, and god willing well all be together in the end.

Charles D. Frohman May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Jim was a good friend and roommate at Blue Ridge School. I was glad to have had the opportunity to talk to him a couple of times recently. He was, and forever, will be a friend to me. Thanks Jim, for making time to talk. Ill see you on the other side Jimbo!

Andrew Graham May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Jim was a customer for many years at Smith Optical Conpany. Barbara and I always enjoyed his visits and lively conversation. Our sincere condolences to the family.

Tony & Barbara Pivinski May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Carroll and family, I knew Jim when he worked as a substitute at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy. Jim had beautiful manners and he was always king and respectful in his dealings with students. I hope your memories of happy times with Jim will bring you comfort. Please accept my sincere sympathy.

Brenda Kincaid May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Sorry for the typo. Jim was always kind and respectful!

Brenda Kincaid May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Jim was my senior roommate at Blue Ridge. I knew him well at school. We both enjoyed working together in the school cafeteria for 3 years and got to know the staff from Greene county very well. They were all very fond of him. We enjoyed living together as seniors. He always joked about my nickname" Dirt ", which I have carried proudly all these years. He was a good friend with a kind heart and truly cared about people. He was a very genuine person. I kept in touch with him occasionally throughout the years. When my Father died of cancer years ago we talked extensively because I knew how he could relate to me. We started talking again recently after he became ill and relived some good memories. My prayers go out to his family and friends as they have my deepest love and regards. Jimbo you will be missed by many. You were a good man and will always be my friend. Fly high until we meet again. Your friend Dirt!

Mike Davis May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Jim was my friend @ Blue Ridge. Even though we lost touch after I graduated from The Ridge, I would think about him and wonder how he was. My thoughts and prayers go out his friends and family. R.I.P. JIMBO.

Will Anderson May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Carroll, We send our condolences to you and your family. Your son was too young to be taken now. Peggy and I will pray for you for peace and comfort.

Barry Pollara May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Jim was a year ahead of me at Blue Ridge School. I remember him being super nice person to us and loved his sports. God Speed Jimbo and my thoughts and prayers to his friends and family. - Bob Nevin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Bob Nevin May 13 2021 12:00 AM

I regularly played against Jim at PBC, he was a thoughtful bridge player always pleasant, and will be missed sorely Julius Lovell

J B Lovell May 13 2021 12:00 AM

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