Ronald V. Fries, age 78, of Edgewater, Fla., died at home Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 surrounded by family. Born in Hingham, Ron moved to Florida in 2002 from Weymouth and Cape Cod, after retiring as a project manager for Bowdoin Construction Corporation of Needham, He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and a Coast Guard Veteran of the Korean War. An avid fisherman and sailor, Ron was a member and past Fleet Captain and Dock Master at Smyrna Yacht Club, where he especially enjoyed sailing with the Old Men of the Sea. Survivors include his wife, Donna (Derba) Fries; a son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Kim Fries of Longwood, Florida; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Michael Rose of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee; and three grandchildren, Jarrod and Gage Fries of Longwood, and Emma Rose of Mt. Juliet. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at St. Gerards Catholic Church, Edgewater. A reception to celebrate Rons life will follow at Smyrna Yacht Club. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129; the Smyrna Yacht Club Scholarship Fund, Post Office Box 1560, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170; The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, www.lls.org; or Surfers for Autism,www.surfersforautism.org. Condolences may be sent to www.settlewilderfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being handled by Settle-Wilder Funeral Home Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 406 S. Orange Street, New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32168.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Sept. 18, 2013