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James Walter Fried 1947 - 2012

James Walter Fried

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April 04, 2014
Jim was one of my best childhood friends, even though he was an adult :) He was one of my dad's chess buddies, and I remember spending entire days pal-ing around together... and when it was time for my nap, he would make a bed for me in the back seat (which mostly consisted of pushing clutter aside and covering me with his jacket) and drive in circles around Look Park telling me made-up stories about adventures in outer space until I fell asleep. Often, I would wake up in the parking lot of one of his favorite diners or lunch spots and when I made my way inside to find him, he would loudly announce my entrance... "Here comes Jenny, just back from outer space!" We decided that I would grow up to be an astronaut, and he made me promise (seriously...he drilled it into me) that when the tv cameras interviewed me after my first trip up, I would make sure to tell them that it was all his doing. I kept that in mind for years, that if I ever got interviewed when coming back from space, I would thank Jim Fried for inspiring me. I never became an astronaut, but there is no question that he left his mark.
March 14, 2013
I had the fortune of being his next door neighbor for his last years. What a great person! Had his shoes held together with duct tape the first time I met him. Meowed in the yard to call his cat. Yep, I miss him. This photo is him and another neighbor discussing politics...
February 20, 2013
Although I had known Walter since he was a toddler, I just learned of his death. He was a cousin, great with children, funny, bright & eccentric. He will be missed.
February 15, 2013
My first memories of Uncle Jim are of his extensive Donald Duck Comicbook collection, which he ultimately gave to me. He was a bold and jolly man, and I cannot imagine him without his smile and deep chuckle coming to mind. I know a total of two people in the world who I can never picture without a smile on their face, and he is one of them. I am and will forever be an honorary nephew to this wonderful, eccentric, crazy old man!
February 14, 2013
El Rojo bought a horse from an old sidekick, a Comanchero, and rode off into the sunset to join the ghost-riders in the sky.

R.I.P., Jake

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