Richard Carl Fry passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at his home in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina after a prolonged illness. He was 79 years old.
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Rich was born in Teaneck, New Jersey on October 14, 1939 to Carl Frederick Fry and Lenore Mann Fry. After graduating from Fair Lawn High School, he served as a Cryptologic Technician in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1959. He went on to attend the State University of New York Agricultural and Technical Institute at Farmingdale, graduating in 1964 with a degree in ornamental horticulture. Rich later attended Ramapo State College of New Jersey, graduating with a degree in environmental science.
Rich married Barbara Brittan Fry Pieczonka of Fair Lawn, New Jersey in 1964. Together they had three children: Karen Fry Sekunda, Carl Fry, and Kenneth Fry. Rich went on to establish Fry Landscaping, Inc. in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. A past president of the Fair Lawn Jaycees, Rich received the Jaycees Project of the Year award in 1973 for establishing the first glass recycling center in New Jersey, which was one of the first in the nation.
In 1984, Rich married Pamela Roehrs Fry of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. After relocating to Pisgah Forest, North Carolina, they co-founded Fry Nursery and Landscaping Services, Inc. which they ran together until Richard’s death. They have one daughter, Caroline McMaster Fry of Pisgah Forest, North Carolina.
Rich served as the Transylvania County Horticulturist from 1985 until his retirement in 2017. He designed the South Broad Park Arboretum in Brevard and worked with local gardening clubs to bring natural beauty to the county. He was recognized as a ‘French Broad Friend of the River’, served as past president of the Blue Ridge Horticultural Society, and sat on the board of North Transylvania Fire Rescue.
Preceded in death by his parents and brother Robert Fry (Gail) of Balsam Grove, N.C., he is survived by his wife, Pamela and daughter, Caroline of Pisgah Forest, N.C.; daughter, Karen Sekunda (Richard) and granddaughter Caroline of Morristown, N.J.; son, Carl Fry (Jessica) and grandchildren Julia, Angelina and Hannah of Wyckoff, N.J.; son, Kenneth Fry (Erica) and grandchildren Hudson, Isla and Estelle of Wyckoff, N.J.; and many much-loved cousins and friends.
A celebration of Rich’s life is scheduled for Saturday, April 27 at 2 PM at the Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church: 249 E. Main Street, Brevard, North Carolina. All are invited to attend.
In lieu of flowers, Rich’s friends are encouraged to contribute to one of his favorite nonprofit organizations: Conserving Carolina (https://conservingcarolina.org/) or the Sierra Club (https://www.sierraclub.org/).