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Lot 434 Grave 1 A Beech Avenue Church of the Advent Lot
 Rev. William Barroll Frisby was born in Baltimore, Maryland on May 30, 1854 to John J. Frisby, a native of Baltimore, and Mary E. Barroll Frisby, a native of Chestertovn, Kent County, Maryland. In October of 1888 as a priest at Trinity Chapel in New York, he was chosen as Rector of the Parish of the Church of the Advent and began his ministry on Advent Sunday, December 2, 1888. During his service as Rector the All Saints Chapel, the belfry tower bells and spire, the Hemenway Chapel and memorial windows were finished and on December 1, 1894, the Church of the Advent at Mt. Vernon Street and Brimmer Street on the “Flat of the Hill” in Boston was consecrated with Bishop Charles C. Grafton preaching.

In May of 1902 Rev. Frisby presided at the dinner of the Clerical Club at the Hotel Brunswick at the corner of Boylston Street and Clarendon Street in the Back Bay of Boston. He died suddenly at 28 Brimmer Street on June 6, 1902, at the age of 48 years and 7 days in part from Cardiac Syncope. At the Sunday Mass, Rev. Daniel C. Hinton, Curate, read a letter from Bishop William Lawrence that was printed in the Boston Transcript on Monday, June 9, 1902, that stated thus: “Dr. Frisby was what he humbly tried to be, a devout, devoted, loyal and chivalrous Priest of the Church. Every hour of the day, and in every duty and pleasure, he walked with God. He gained the love of his people and built up the Parish. He won the confidence and appreciation of his bishop to whom he was ever loyal.”

His remains were clothed in eucharistic vestments in a plain wicker casket, and there was an all night vigil. Many clergymen attended the Funeral Mass on Tuesday, June 10, 1902, with the Rev. Arthur B. Rudd of Ashmont as master of ceremonies. There was an immense profusion of flowers and the organist, Samuel Brenton Whitney, played “When are hands are bound with woe”, “On the Resurrection morning” and for the recessional “Oh what the Joy and Glory Must Be.” At the end many were unable to control their true feelings. Lewis Jones and Son were the undertakers and only a few horse-drawn carriages followed the horse-drawn hearse to Cedar Grove Cemetery. Rev. Frisby wanted to be interred with the poor of the church of the Advent, and his wish was fulfilled. Rev. Hinton read the committal service. The corporation of the Church of the Advent had the unusual rectangular level stone with a cross placed on his grave.


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