Charlie Fry

Charlie Fry was born to Clayton and Liberta Fry on January 11, 1950 in Bloomington, Indiana. After a four year journey with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) he passed away in his home in Buena Park with his family near his side. Charlie was a family man - a husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and brother but was equally known as a teacher, coach, mentor, and true friend. Charlie explored many careers in his early years of working. He served as a Hot Shot for the US Forest Service as well as a Volunteer Fireman for the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department. In 1989, Charlie found his true passion; teaching students at Gilbert Elementary and more recently at Buena Park Junior High School in the Buena Park School District. His goal was to teach Physical Education in a way that fostered a genuine love and desire for a healthy and active lifestyle. He was often found working in the background, supporting many other programs offered by his school. Originally diagnosed with AML in February 2008 he was treated successfully with a Stem Cell Transplant that July. Due to his shear determination to be with his students, Charlie returned to teaching within a breathtaking five months. This July there was a recurrence of AML. Charlie was undergoing successful treatment when he developed complications which could not be overcome.  He is survived by his wife, Karen, one son, three daughters, six grandchildren, and the many individuals whose lives he deeply affected.  Charlie’s Memorial Service will be held on November 13, 2011, with a Reception to follow.  The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Charlie’s name to the Buena Park Junior High School for the direct benefit of the students or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  You may also visit the memorial website at

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