BEVERLY — The funeral for Pete Frates will be held Friday morning in Boston, but North Shore residents who want to pay their respects will have another opportunity on Monday.
A celebration of Frates' life will be held at St. John's Prep on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Mahoney Wellness Center on the campus of the Danvers school.
Frates, a Beverly resident, died on Monday at the age of 34 after a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, the disease that he sought to defeat by inspiring more than $200 million in fundraising through the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Frates' death sparked an outpouring of praise for his determination to raise awareness of the disease. On Tuesday night, hundreds of people stood solemnly beneath a sea of umbrellas for a candlelight vigil at Pete's Park, a handicapped-accessible playground in Frates' neighborhood that was named after him last year.
Among them were Meg McDonald of Marblehead, now living in East Boston, and a close friend of Pete's wife Julie.
"We grew up together," she said, "and we've always been close friends ... I've lived with her through the years of their marriage, the birth of their daughter and all of Pete's illness ... I just wanted to be here to support Julie and her family."
Joseph Kowalik of Marblehead – Pete's father-in-law – stood quietly alone in the rain and said it "heartened (him) to see the caring of so many good people."
"It inspires hope for a time when we'll find an answer" to ALS, he said. "It's such an awful disease, and it strikes so many young athletes."
The funeral Mass is scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Ignatius Church, at 28 Commonwealth Ave. in Chestnut Hill alongside the campus of Boston College. Frates graduated from St. John's Prep in 2003 and from Boston College in 2007.
Meanwhile, the eighth annual Plunge For Pete will go on as scheduled on Saturday, Dec. 28, at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester. Registration is at 11 a.m. at Bass Rocks Golf Club, with the plunge scheduled for 1 p.m. at Good Harbor. A post-plunge celebration and awards ceremony will be held at Bass Rocks Country Club.
Dec. 28 would have been Frates' 35th birthday.
Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff writer Buck Anderson contributed to this story.