Pete Frates, the Beverly native who championed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, was laid to rest Friday after a funeral Mass at St. Ignatius Church at Boston College, his alma mater. Frates, 34, passed away on Monday after his “heroic battle” with the degenerative disease, his family said in a statement.
Frates was diagnosed with the disease in March 2012. In his obituary, his family noted that “Pete refused to give in and accept what fate had cruelly dealt him. Instead, he was ready to put up a fight.
“Buoyed by his rallying cry to others — ‘Be passionate, be genuine, be hardworking, and don’t be afraid to be great’ — Pete set about changing the world by bringing attention to ALS,” the obituary read.
Joining Frates’s family and friends at the funeral were athletes past and present from Boston College and Frates’s high school, St. John’s Prep, along with Gov. Charlie Baker, Bruins great Ray Bourque, and many other local admirers. See images from the funeral below.