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FRY, EDWARD J. “ROGER”

Posted By Whitney & Murphy On November 26, 2021 @ 1:26 pm In Obituary | 21 Comments

Edward Fry

Edward J. Fry “Roger”, of Phoenix Arizona passed away Saturday evening November 20, 2021 with his loved ones by his side.

Roger was born on July 23rd, 1947 in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada and was the youngest of four boys born of Fredrick “Nick” and Marion Fry. Roger grew up in Calgary Alberta and was a standout Basketball player for, and later coached, at St. Mary’s High School. He went on to study for a year at the University of Western Ontario before returning to Calgary to finish his Undergrad degree and MBA. After many successful years of business in Calgary, his entrepreneurial spirit drew he and his family to Phoenix Arizona in 1979. Over the years and countless various business ventures, Roger developed a passion for travelling. Aside from the immense love he had for his family and friends and living life to its fullest, he truly loved to travel to Europe and had a knack for finding the most unique places to visit. He developed many lifelong friendships while there and passionately enjoyed sharing his experiences with everyone he knew. He was seemingly always planning the next trip back.

Roger is survived by his beloved Katherine, his former wife Sandra, their children James (Angie), Michael (Suzanne), Adam (Darina) and Jesse (Olivia), his Grandchildren Gregory, Hannah, Emily, Zoe, Joshua, Mya, and Kyra, his Great Grandchildren Ryder and Sophie Rose, and 3 brothers, Nick, Phillip and Robin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nick and Marion.

A celebration of life will be held December 9th, 2021 at Arizona Country Club, 5668 E. Orange Blossom Lane, Phoenix AZ, 85018 at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers, Roger suggested donations to “Smile Train” which provides surgeries for children born with cleft palates. www.donate.smiletrain.org


Condolences for the family of “FRY, EDWARD J. “ROGER””

Condolence from Ron and Mary Mondlak on November 26th, 2021 7:49 pm

We want to offer our thoughts and prayers to Katherine and all the family. We lost a very special
person and heaven gained a very special angel. I will miss you but I will never forget you. I am happy I was able to call you my friend.
Rest In Paradise Roger
And Go Suns

Condolence from Joey Harte on November 26th, 2021 8:23 pm

Roger was a kind person and had a generous heart. He was a great brother in law and friend. He was always willing to talk me through the crazy business scenarios that came my way, he gave me courage when I needed it and was a great mentor. He single handedly got Brad watching Wall Street and the NYSE at the age of 1. He used to crawl under Roger’s desk and nap watching it while Roger worked. Roger always got a kick out of that. Roger was excited and encouraged Brad and Sid about their accomplishments. They loved their Uncle Roger. Most importantly, Roger loved my sister and they shared a great life together. He left us too soon and he will be missed. I’m glad he was part of our family. Rest In Peace my friend.

Condolence from Rob Deschamps on November 26th, 2021 10:08 pm

My Gosh, I am going to miss that smile so much. I met Roger for the first time in 1998 and he intrigued me so much with his great energy and passion through the late 90’s I was so fortunate to see him through my friendship with his son Adam who had moved to Calgary. Every time that I heard that Roger was going to be coming to town I was so excited to see him.

Years went on and I feel so lucky that over the last 6 years my wife and I were able to visit and share laughs and great conversation with Roger and Kathy in Phoenix. Lucky enough through the COVID we managed to have 2 great evenings together in the summer of 2021.

To the Fry family I am so sorry for the loss of Roger who was such a great leader, father and support. this has been a very impactful departure and was not in the plans at all.

To Katherine I cannot imagine what you are going through right now, but at the end of the day I feel that Roger is looking down at all of us with his genuine love and care. Roger had/has a heart of gold and he is someone I am really going to miss this gem of a person.

You are so in my thoughts Roger and it was such a pleasure to have the many laughs with you and I will cherish them for the rest of my life. See you on the other side

Condolence from J.R. on November 27th, 2021 6:42 am

EJ and I shared our admiration for Dickens in many of our conversations during our times together so I thought it would be so appropriate to offer up Dickens ‘ thoughts as I contemplate a life well lived. Godspeed my dear friend.

“Oh cold ,cold , rigid dreadful Death, set up thine altar here, and dress it with such terrors as thou hast at thy command; for this is thy dominion! But of the loved, revered, and honored head thou canst not turn one hair to thy dread purposes, or make one feature odious. It is not that the hand is heavy, and will fall down when released; it is not that the heart and pulse are still; but that the hand was open, generous, and true; the heart brave, warm, and tender, and the pulse a man’s. Strike, Shadow, strike! And see his good deeds springing from the wound, to sow the world with life immortal!”

Condolence from Davide and Ellan on November 27th, 2021 8:15 am

Roger touched our lives deeply, on many occasions and in many different ways. He will be missed by all that knew him (or met him even once!), and we (and the kids) will treasure always the special gift of our memories together. Always ready to share his insights (on pretty much any subject ;)), Roger was a point of reference, and also oh so much fun! Though no longer on this Earth, he will be ever present in our lives – he left a mark, as a friend and as a mentor. Era una persona speciale.

With hearts full of love and gratitude,
Ellan and Davide

Condolence from Peter Brenneman on November 27th, 2021 10:45 am

Dear Katherine & all the Fry family: Our hearts are heavy and our thoughts & prayers are with you on the loss of this wonderful man.
We met Roger in Calgary in the late 1970’s where Peter & Roger embarked on a business partnership. In the early 1980’s, with encouragement from Roger, we moved our family to Phoenix where the business partnership resumed & the friendship grew. In 1991 we returned to Canada but always kept in touch.
Over the years, we have been the recipients of Roger’s love of Europe & have had many wonderful trips with he & Katherine as our travel guides. What laughter we always had & such wonderful memories we now have. We were planning yet another to Argentina when Covid hit. There was recent talk about it again.
Heather always says that Peter is a man of few words until he is with Roger!!!
We will miss so much this very vibrant, kind & decent man.
Farewell old friend.May we meet again.
With love,
Peter & Heather Brenneman

Condolence from Ted Lemieux on November 27th, 2021 2:59 pm

Roger was a genuinely fine freind of fifty years, a brilliant mentor,an inspiration,and a truly gracious and generous host over forty years. We shall miss him terribly, and Cathy and I extend our deepest condolences to his family.

Condolence from Lloyd and Geri Strain on November 27th, 2021 3:34 pm

I got to know Roger through our mutual involvement for several years on the Hutchinson Family Advisory Committee. Roger provided his valued insight from years as a successful businessman and his humor at the traditional dinner following the meetings.
Roger you left us too soon. We will miss you.

Lloyd and Geri Strain

Condolence from Jill Everhart on November 28th, 2021 11:28 am

My dearest Katherine ❤️
So much of my heart is entwined with the precious
FRIENDSHIP I was so privileged to share with you and Your Darling, Handsome and Amazing Roger!
He is waiting with Jesus until we are United Again,
Of that I am certain!
I Love You With All My Heart Forever and Forever Ever more!
I Love You like a sister, my Sweet, Kind, Beautiful, and Loving Friend!
Bye briefly for now my Sweet Roger, I Will See You Soon!
Jill and Robin

Condolence from Steven Kelly on December 2nd, 2021 5:50 pm

Roger, you were a great Uncle, I learned alot from you. I wish we could of made this deal happen with you here by ourside. You are in a better place. Love you and see you soon.

Condolence from LANCE Michael SHAW on December 6th, 2021 9:13 am

To Katherine and the Fry Family

I am so sad about the passing of Roger and offer my deepest condolences to all. He was one of my best friends, great business partner and a mentor in my youth and throughout my life. We had many fun adventures in the business world and spent hours at Veneto on Friday afternoons discussing business and life with his friends and myself.
I will miss him dearly. Rest in Peace Roger

Lance

Condolence from Coleen Lewis-Watts on December 6th, 2021 3:00 pm

To Katherine and the FRY family .
Words cannot express how sad I am, Roger was one of the great loves of my life. He was an amazing role model, a great friend and a incredibly important family member. It is impossible to think that somebody who has been so constant is now gone. My only consolation is knowing that he is with God. I will always love and miss you Roger.

Condolence from Rachel Everett-Fry on December 8th, 2021 8:00 am

When introducing me to someone, Roger would often forget exactly “who” I was. The interaction is crystal clear in my memory, an amalgamation of the many instances in which this happened: Roger would be shaking someone’s hand and offering his convivial greetings and begin to introduce me, “this is my…..” He would pause, and turning to look at me, ask “who are you again?” This would be followed up with his loveable giggle.

Our relatedness is indeed a bit confusing. I am his niece, the only daughter of one of his older brother Philip. But I am in the same age group as his older grandchildren. In the bustle of family gatherings he would sometimes mistakingly refer to me as a grandchild or himself as my “papa.” This always struck me as funny, since it was his father who was in fact my “papa.”

The thing is, Roger’s forgetfulness of our exact relationship wasn’t ever at all offensive to me. In fact, I loved it. To me, it always revealed how my Uncle Roger didn’t actually give a hoot how we were related. He just loved me. And I loved him.

When I was a little girl I found him very intimidating. But as I grew older, he became one of my most trusted friends and favourite companions. In this, I know I am far from alone. His kind, pointed, and clear words of guidance have helped me thought some of the most difficult periods and decisions that I have faced thus far in my life.

He also had this wonderful capacity to talk very seriously about something, but then completely change the mood with a laugh, or with one of his silly phrases or faces. This may be one of the greatest lessons that Roger has left me with: everything is serious and should be taken as such, but only to a point. Even in the face of problems that seem tremendous, life keeps moving and you better move with it.

My thoughts are with all of you who loved, and were loved by, Roger. Being one of his people came with a sense of security, and now many of us are left without an anchor. His passing has left a tremendous gap in this world, but it is a great comfort to me to think of all of the lovely people that are in the world, and will be in the world, because he was.

Condolence from Sam Halabi on December 8th, 2021 10:01 am

Roger will be greatly missed. He was a man of honesty, integrity, dignity and an incredibly caring friend. I am thankful that we got to spend time together over the last few years, sharing stories about our lives, family history and how we just missed each other’s paths decades ago. I’m so glad we finally did connect because Roger was a once in a lifetime friend that I will never forget. My family, wife Alia and daughter Salina also give their condolences and love to Katherine & the Fry family. It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to him. Rest in Peace, Roger.

Sam, Alia & Salina Halabi

Condolence from John Howard (Moon) and Linda on December 8th, 2021 6:50 pm

Katherine,Sandy,Jamie,Michael Adam and Jesse please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Roger,(EJ,THE ) from John (Moon), Linda,Pete ,Rick and Steph Howard.Roger and I grew up together on 12th st and 13th st in Calgary a city of 150,000 at our birth.We both attended Sacred Heart school run by Nuns.Roger was an alterboy at Sacred Heart Church next door and dragged me in for a while as well.Around grade 8 we started playing basketball on his back patio and established a Crown for the daily winner which was always Roger.I finally beat him in grade 11 and immediately retired from competition.He never forgot.At St Mary’s Boy’s High run by priest’s, Roger was the star of the BBall team and I was the 6th man.About that time we got our drivers Licence and started to meet girl’s.I was with Roger when he met Sandy and he was smitten.The reason he came back to Calgary from UWO was to be with Sandy.They were married in a year and had Jamie a year later.They started in a doll house and progressed through 5 houses to a Mansion in Mount Royal.They had an impact on my wife Louise as we also started in a 1000 sqft house and through six trades and 18 years had our own mansion in Mount Royal but by that time Roger and Sandy had moved to Phoenix.Roger’s dad Nick was an investor in small houses in the 50’s and financed Roger into his own portfolio of houses when he was in grade 8 and he never slowed down after that.Roger first established a home for his parents in Phoenix and then bought the ranch house a few block’s away for his family.Year’s later Roger told me he still loved Sandy but he had fallen in love with Katherine as well.Special condolences to both Sandy and Katherine.

Condolence from Barry Sullivan on December 8th, 2021 9:35 pm

I had the pleasure of first meeting Roger some 50 plus years ago. Even at that early age he was innovative, inquisitive and yes very intelligent.
Roger was fun to be around and always was ready to laugh. As business areas changed Roger moved with the times always digging deeply into the details and creating solutions. He” loved” business in all its aspects.
Many of us were his Calgary friends and all were shocked and saddened at his passing.
He was a positive influence on many including myself.
Thinking of you old friend.

Condolence from Jennifer Gare on December 9th, 2021 4:28 pm

Today, Dec. 9, I paused in Nelson B.C. in the mountains to pay respect and honour the life you lived Roger! I feel so grateful that our paths crossed as Roger was an instant warm , loving friend & someone I turned to for support & advice. I will always remember the sparkle in his eye and smile. He was a true gem!
Sending my love to Katherine and all of Roger’s Family! I am so sorry for your loss as Roger will leave a big gap! May the memories of his kindness, warm ,wonderful ,fun & loving energy wrap you all with hugs and stay with you forever.
Love jen

Condolence from Valerie Paulson on December 10th, 2021 6:26 pm

Roger was a happy man because Katherine, Sandy and all of you made him happy and fulfilled. He felt blessed. You were doubly blessed to have him in your lives. He truly loved his “different” family, each and every one. Godspeed, Roger. Light and love.

Condolence from Ken Wilson on December 11th, 2021 12:38 am

Together with a few other close friends who’ve left messages and memories on this page, I met Roger during our St.Mary’s Boy’s High School days in Calgary. Basketball, cars and hanging out with friends was paramount. Will never forget his ‘hot-rod’ Rambler. Roger was always buoyant, fun-loving, highly curious and ready for anything. Just fun to be with. Years later on a business trip to Phoenix, my wife, Stephanie and I invited Roger and Sandy to our hotel for a visit. It was like the good old days despite the years that had passed. Sadlly, that was the last time I saw him. R.I.P. Roger and sincere condolences to Sandy, Katherine and family.

Condolence from Dennis Hamann on December 24th, 2021 3:04 am

Katherine – I am so sorry on being so late with this message. I only just found out about Roger’s passing today – the unfortunate implications of having relocated overseas just recently…. Please accept my sincere condolences. Roger was such a great guy whom I knew in business and, more importantly in life in general. He was an extremely skilled, pragmatic, and supportive business partner with a special, personal side that was always a joy to be around. We shared a love of travel, fine wine, dogs, and, especially, Italy – and I’m so sorry that I will not be able to share those moments with him now. We had even talked about him coming to Europe in the next year and meeting here in Ireland. It is with such regret that this opportunity will now be unrealized. In any case, I will always have the fond memories of numerous, enjoyable conversations with him over a glass of wine… With warmest regards, Dennis

Condolence from Paul Mair on March 30th, 2022 5:43 pm

I met Roger in the mid 70’s and we played basketball at the YMCA where we met. We eventually became team mates on a team in the senior mens league in Calgary.

We became business partners in a start up real estate company called Westmoreland Real Estate. Roger could never sit still and when he saw more opportunities in Phoenix he moved there. Always a step ahead.

Periodically when he was in Calgary we would cross each other’s paths – usually where we met at the YMCA in downtown Calgary. Always a great chat and a few laughs.

Rest In Peace old friend.

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