DANVERS (CBS) – A long line of St. John’s Prep students held hands and lined the streets of their Danvers campus in a show of respect for Pete Frates as his funeral procession passed by Friday morning. The former student of the school for boys, who went on to become a renowned advocate for ALS research, died Monday at age 34.
Bells rang as the procession made its way through the campus. All 1,700 students and faculty wore a No. 3 pin to honor Frates. He wore that number when he played baseball, hockey and football at the school.READ MORE: 'Oh My God, I'm In A Whale's Mouth': Lobster Diver Says He Was Nearly Swallowed By Whale Off Cape Cod
All 1,700 St. John’s students and faculty are wearing a number three pin to honor Pete Frates. He wore the number when he played baseball, hockey and football at the school @wbz pic.twitter.com/yfEW4yfv8J
— MichelleReneeFisher (@Michelle_WBZ) December 13, 2019
The school retired Frates’ number in 2017 and renamed the varsity baseball field after him.READ MORE: Alonzo Polk, Teen Pulled From Pool At Dedham Graduation Party, Dies
On Thursday the baseball team participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge, which Frates helped turn into a worldwide phenomenon to raise awareness about ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The challenge raised more than $200 million for ALS research.
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— SJP Baseball (@sjp_baseball) December 12, 2019
More than 1,000 said goodbye to Frates at a funeral mass at St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish next to Boston College. A group of faculty, coaches, and administrators formally represented St. John’s Prep at the funeral.