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(News story) Raymond Frick, who with chicken wings and good cheer built a chain of casual-dining venues with appeal to families and sports fans, died Wednesday in the Cleveland Clinic. He was 72.

He had cancer, his daughter, Amanda Frick, said.

Mr. Frick and his wife, Shannon, divided their time between Perrysburg and Naples, Fla.

He was president and chief executive of Fricker's, which has headquarters in Miamisburg, Ohio, and more than 20 dining locations, either company owned or franchised, in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. The East Toledo native started with a single restaurant in 1985 in the Dayton area, opened with his brother Bob, who later went in business on his own. The Perrysburg location opened in 1989.

His sense of style was impeccable, longtime friend Jeff Carter said. And he rarely was seen without coffee and dark sunglasses, his daughter said. When spotted in frequent visits to the Perrysburg Fricker's, "he would be in the corner table behind the hostess stand, with a cup of coffee and his sunglasses on," his daughter said. "He loved being with people and working with people."

He respected employees and paid attention to what patrons wanted, said Mr. Carter, who is Fricker's quality assurance manager. He served as a mentor to many, and made customers into friends.

"They brought their friends, and they became friends, and they brought their friends," Mr. Carter said. "That grew the business.

"There were so many things that made him successful," Mr. Carter said. "I told him everybody has chapters in their lives, and he has written so many chapters in so many books in so many people's lives that it would fill a massive library."

He was born May 25, 1946, to Christena and Bernard Frick. He was a 1964 graduate of Waite High School, where he played on the football team. He received a bachelor of education degree from Miami University, where he also played football.

"He wanted to better his life and have opportunities," his daughter said.

Mr. Frick became a teacher, as older brother Bernard had. He taught at Robinson and Jones junior high schools and taught physical education, health, and science at Macomber Vocational and Start high schools, where he also coached. He received a master of education degree from Bowling Green State University.

Among the part-time jobs he took while teaching was as a floorwalker for a Perrysburg nightclub. He left teaching behind as his role in the business expanded. He became part-owner and had a role as the business expanded to Dayton and, later, Charlotte, N.C., and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

"He realized he had some sort of passion for working with people in that capacity," his daughter said. "In true Ray Frick fashion, when he found something he was passionate about, he wouldn't let anything get in his way. He didn't want to stay stagnant. He said life was made to be lived."

He knew a restaurant venture - opening Fricker's -- was a risk, his daughter said. "but he made that decision, and when you make that decision you move forward," she said. "He never gave up. There were times he had to sell everything he had and hoped he was making the right move. The stars aligned. God had a plan for him.

His marriages to the former Susan Bachar and the former Teresa Bureau ended in divorce.

Surviving are his wife, Shannon Riley Frick, whom he married June 25, 2004; sons Andrew and Christopher Frick; daughter, Amanda Frick, and brother, Robert Frick.

Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, Perrysburg. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Maumee Indoor Theatre, where the family will receive friends after 10 a.m.

The family suggests tributes to the Frick Family Scholarship Fund at Waite High School.
Published in Toledo Blade on Aug. 12, 2018
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