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Walter Xavier Fries
Resident of Pleasanton
Walter Xavier Fries passed in peace surrounded by loved ones in his home in Pleasanton, California on Mon Aug. 6th 2018 at the age of 83, following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Loving husband of Lyla Fries for 47 years. Devoted father of Sherry Ingles, Daniel Fries, and Cassy Stewart. Proud grandfather of Marie Ingles and Noah Stewart.
Born on May 6th during the great depression to Swiss immigrants Marie and Frank Fries, Walt grew up in a simple farmhouse located in Newark, California with his two older brothers Frank and Albert Fries, whom preceded him in death. He is survived by his sister Joanne Hicks of Sunlakes, Arizona.
Walt was a self-made man in the truest sense. He attended Washington high school in Fremont, California and with a modest education he was able to start a real estate brokerage, Look Realty, with his best friend and business partner, Wiley Hatter. In the 1960s this small real estate brokerage was a leader in the residential real estate market in the tri-city area. If he couldn't sell your home he would buy it. As the market changed in the early 1980's, so did the goals and opportunities for Look Realty. Over time it was decided to divide the partnership. In 1981, Walt established Fries Properties and expanded his focus on the investment and management of commercial real estate.
Walt will be remembered as a family man; always put his family first and above all. A gentleman farmer and a man of routine, he regularly enjoyed morning coffee in Niles and Sunday breakfast at Dino's with longtime friend, Bernard Blueford. When Walt wasn't working, he enjoyed family trips to the Sierras, horseback riding, winning Monopoly, or was on the green, golfing with Dick Rhine. He always kept an eye out for a good bargain at the flea market or local auction, a car aficionado at heart, true workaholic, and proud Republican. He would often say, "My way of helping the poor is to not be one of them."
Walt is deeply loved and respected by his wife, children, and grandchildren and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Friends and family are invited to visitation Thursday Aug. 23, 2018 from 5-9p.m. at the Mission Chapel within the Chapel of the Chimes Hayward. A funeral service will be held at 11:00a.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 at the Mission Chapel The Chapel of the Chimes Hayward, 32992 Mission Blvd., Hayward, CA 94544. Celebration of Life immediately following interment.


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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 11, 2018
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