Ruritans Dedicate Pavilion To Fry

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The Fry Family dedicating The Mike Fry Pavilion at the Cedarfield Ruritan Club.
The Fry Family dedicating The Mike Fry Pavilion at the Cedarfield Ruritan Club.

The Cedarfield Ruritan Club in Milford held a special gathering in September to dedicate their new pavilion, built and constructed in honor of the late Michael Fry. Named Ruritan of the Year in 1998, Mike was a long term member of Cedarfield Ruritan Club, holding several offices including Club President and Secretary. He had 17 years of perfect attendance of monthly meetings until his passing on August 18,2012.

A graduate of Milford High School Class of 1976 Mike was employed at Fry Farms, Inc., a family poultry, grain and vegetable operation and the other family business, Milford Bowling Lanes. At the time of his death, he served as treasurer on the board at Milford Grain and current chairman of Kent County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Committee. Mike was also a past member of the board of directors at Southern States Milford Co-op.

‘Mike had a compassion for all, he gave much of himself to others and asked for nothing in return,” commented Sam Mackert, Past Ruritan District Governor and Chaplin of Cedarfield Ruritan Club. “Mike was given many gifts and he shared his talents with his family, fellow Ruritan members and his community.

Sam Mackert installed Mike as a member of the Cedarfield Ruritan Club seventeen years ago and was there on Saturday, September 14 to dedicate the pavilion in Mike’s honor. Fellow Ruritan Bobby Stokes, Club President, spoke to the gathered crowd.

“Mike was very active, he would volunteer at everything. He was very active and anything we needed he used his connections and resources to get it done,” commented Stokes.

A Ruritan even in death, his obituary encouraged the community to donate money to the Cedarfield Ruritan Club instead of other gifts to the family. After Mike’s death, his wife Selena says she was overwhelmed by the response by the community as the continued donations allowed the Club to construct the The Mike Fry Pavilion. Selena Fry was among many family members gathered on Saturday as she helped facilitate the official ribbon cutting of the pavilion.

“Mike really enjoyed being a Ruritan, they were like a second family to us. This dedication is very fitting,” commented Selena. As those in attendance grew she stated, “It is amazing for me to see the lives Mike touched that I never knew.”

In addition to becoming a sign of remembrance for Mike Fry, the pavilion will be used actively to host the Club’s annual events and local groups such as the Milford High School 4H Club. The pavilion will also be available for rent to organizations looking to host an event at the Cedarfield Ruritan Club on Tub Mill Pond Road.