Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 18, 2014

Thomas Patrick Fries

TRAVERSE CITY — Thomas Fries passed away May 2, 2014; he was 91.

He was born in Detroit, Mich. on March 27, 1923. On April 21, 1950 he married Mary Ann Fox who preceded him in death.

They lived in Detroit where they raised four children. Tom’s love of music lead them to Interlochen where they relocated to in 1977. Tom’s passion for classical music lead him to be a founding member of the Benzie Symphonette.

Over the next 20 years Tom owned and operated Grand Traverse Heating Company. Tom retired to a winter home in Florida.

Tom served in the Army Air-corps as a paratrooper where he reached the rank of Corporal, T5-Technician. Stationed in the Aleutian Islands, he received a Bronze Star. He was a member of the Catholic War Veterans, Bendon Eagles and VFW.

Tom’s loves were his family, playing the violin and science. He was a member of the Detroit Symphony Chamber Society. Tom loved reading science fiction and watching Star Trek and NCIS.

Preceding him in death were his loving wife Mary Ann Fries; siblings, Elizabeth Fries, Catherine Ertzbischoff (George), Paul Fries (Helen) and William Fries (Thecla).

He is survived by four children, David Fries of Grosse Pointe, Mich., Charmaine Howell (Larry) of Crane Hill, Ala., Sheila Morgan (Dennis) of East Grand Rapids, Mich. and Douglas Fries (Cara) of Beulah, Mich.; 10 grandchildren, Jeremiah, Jeffrey, Scott, Katie, Sarah, Rachel, Lyric, Chelsea, Raina and Tommy; and nine great-grandchildren, Alex, Sammy, James, Jackson, Sophia, Daisy, Luke, Olivia and one on the way.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to Glen Eagle Retirement Community, Comfort Keepers, the staff at Orchard Creek and Hospice of Michigan. Memorials may be directed to the Benzie Symphony Orchestra.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, May 24, at St. Mary’s of Hannah.

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