Richard 'Rick' Fries

Richard ‘Rick’ Allen Fries
1945 – 2023
With his family by his side Rick Fries of Woodstock, Ontario passed away peacefully on Thursday July 20, 2023 at VON Sakura House in Woodstock, Ontario.
Rick will be greatly missed by his wife of 57 years, Verna (Vance) Fries and his children Shiela Fries-Christie (Chris), Jennifer Richard (Rene), and Jason Fries (Andrea). Dear Papa of Alyssa (Mike), Reilie, Seth, Adrian (Jessa), Brayden, and Jayda. His two great grandsons, Hudson and Walker, idolized him.
Rick is survived by his siblings, Robert, Don (Crystal), Ken (Wendy), Elaine, and Betty. Predeceased by his parents Henry and Grace Fries, his sister Marlene Davidson and brother Jimmy Fries.
Rick worked at Thomas Built Buses for 36 years and at Nature Transport for 5 years before retiring and enjoying time spent at the trailer. Rick loved to go fishing, riding his Harley as well as spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place. Wareing Cremation Services, 225 Norwich Ave., Woodstock have been entrusted with Final Arrangements.
Many thanks to the Nurses and Staff at Woodstock Hospital, Palliative Care, and Sakura House. Donations in memory of Rick can be made to VON Sakura House, Woodstock or the Woodstock Hospital Foundation.
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  • Thinking of you at this time.We send our deepest condolences to the Fries Family.

    Dennis and Sharon Koppes
  • Sorry to read of Ricks passing.
    My condolences to Verna and entire family.

    Tom Jackson
  • Verna:

    We were so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. We remember many great times in years gone by at WOBI parties and when he and Tom coached ball together.

    Cherish your memories Verna and although Rick is not here with you remember that he is “only a thought away”.

    Hugs to you and your family

    Most sincerely

    Tom and Ruby

    Tom and Ruby McDougall
  • Our sincere sympathy to you and your family Verna. Hugs. Phyllis and Doug

    Doug and Phyllis Milne
  • Thinking of my family. My condolences to you all. Uncle Rick was an awesome uncle

  • My sincere sympathy at Rick’s passing. I did not know Rick but our families are joined by the same thread we both had loved ones die needlessly. Someday we will get satisfaction knowing your sister Marlene and my sister Dianne will not have died in vain. RIP Rick!!

    Janet (Murray) Brown
  • Verna and family,
    So very sorry for your loss. I worked with Rick years ago at Thomas Bus and have often thought of him over the years.

    Evelyn Maurer
  • Verna,Jennifer,Sheila and Jason;
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I have so many memories of snowmobiling, coffee nights on Park Row, and visits to our lodge in Muskoka.Cherish those memories. Love, June

    June Gates
  • Our sincerest condolences to you and your family Verna. Thinking of you. Hugs and love❤❤❤Rick and Sue.

    Susan Ford
  • Our thoughts are with you and your family

    Deb Macdonald
  • To Verna and family: please accept our most sincere condolences for your loss. Rick was one of those special people that made my life better just knowing him.

    William Rowe

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