John P. Fried

JOHN P. FRIED John "Paul" Fried, 86, of Frederick, MD died February 28, 2014 in Wilmington, NC after an extended illness. Mr. Fried was born on October 17, 1927 in Bronx, NY. Later his family moved to Brooklyn, NY where he spent his childhood. Upon enlisting in the US Navy when he was 17, he served from 1945-1948 with the 5th Submarine Squadron in Pearl Harbor assigned to the USS Bluebird, ASR 19. After earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from New York University, (class of 1953) he was recalled to active duty in the Navy from 1950-1952 and served as a Countermeasures Mine Warfare Instructor in Yorktown, VA. Completing his service obligations, he went to teach in the North Merrick, NY school district. During this time he earned a Masters Degree in Education from Hofstra University (class of 1959). Eventually he was appointed Principal of the Camp Ave. Elementary School. Completing 38 years in education, he retired to Frederick, MD in 1991. John, also known as "Paul" enjoyed fishing, playing golf, and was an avid gardener. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 30 years, Sarah May Fried and his second wife, Edythe Fried of 27 years. He is survived by his devoted son John Paul Fried Jr. of Wilmington, NC and daughter Joan Thatcher of Donald, Oregon; stepson Tedd Melnyk of Old Bethpage, NY and stepdaughter Karen Sevene of Vista, CA; eight grandchildren include Laura and Daniel Fried, Samantha and Sarah Thatcher, Kira Hoang and Kimberly Sevene and Matthew and Ryan Melnyk. Mr. Fried is also survived by a great grandson, Luka Hoang. A special thank you to the staff of Wilmington Health and Rehabilitation Center for their kindness and concern throughout the past four years. The family would also like to express their deep appreciation to the staff of the Lower Cape Fear Hospice for their kind devotion and concern during Mr. Fried's last days. In keeping with the wishes of the departed, no memorial service will be held but there will be a burial at sea ceremony performed by the US Navy at a later date.

Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Mar. 5, 2014