Captain Jean Frottier – Friends say fisherman was hardworking, devoted family man

Tall and lanky, with a big smile, big heart and an easygoing nature, Frottier was a talker who could walk into a room of strangers and become the center of attention, his friends recalled. He once co-owned the Gifford House in Provincetown and a club, Cafe Exile, in Key West, Schmidt said.

Fishermen recalled his nicknames, like “Jeanius,” for his innate curiosity and problem-solving skills, or Jean-Jean the Fishing Machine, a reference to his mastery of any fishery, whether it was winter diving on bay scallops or rod-and-reel bluefin tuna.

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