Richard Carl Fry


Last updated 4/15/2019 at 3:01pm

Richard Carl Fry passed away Saturday, March 30, 2019, at his home in Pisgah Forest, after a prolonged illness. He was 79 years old.

He was born in Teaneck, N.J., on Oct. 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 United States 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. He later attended Ramapo State College of New Jersey, graduating with a degree in environmental science.

He married Barbara Brittan Fry Pieczonka, of Fair Lawn, N.J. in 1964. Together they had three children, Karen Fry Sekunda, Carl Fry and Kenneth Fry. He went on to establish Fry Landscaping, Inc. in Fair Lawn, N.J.

A past president of the Fair Lawn Jaycees, he 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, he married Pamela Roehrs Fry, of Franklin Lakes, N.J. After relocating to Pisgah Forest, they co-founded Fry Nursery and Landscaping Services, Inc., which they ran together until his death. They have one daughter, Caroline McMaster Fry of Pisgah Forest.

He 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.

His parents and brother, Robert Fry (Gail), of Balsam Grove, predeceased him.

He is survived by his wife, Pamela and daughter, Caroline of Pisgah Forest; daughter, Karen Sekunda (Richard) and grand-daughter, 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, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, 249 E. Main St., in Brevard. 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 ( or the Sierra Club (


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