FRANCIS A. "BO" FRY 1937-2003

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Francis A. "Bo" Fry died July 25, 2003, in a tragic traffic accident.

Bo was born May 19, 1934, in Kansas City, Mo., to Kenneth and Frances Fry. He attended Bishop Hogan High School, where he was more interested in track, basketball and football than academia.

Although a quiet person, Bo was elected to several student body offices while in high school. He spent many hours fishing and hunting with his friend, Earl, and setting pins at the bowling alley managed by his parents.

After high school, Bo attended St. Benedict's College in Atchinson, Kan., where he earned a bachelor's degree.

Bo married Beverly Fitzgerel of Clinton, Mo., on Aug. 11, 1962. The couple spent their honeymoon camping atop Vail Pass, which left no question Colorado would be their home.

They moved to Evergreen, where their four children were born.

Bo's professional career began at The Hartford Insurance Company, where he served as a claims adjuster for more than 20 years. Bo next involved himself with the establishment of the Colorado Physician Insurance Company, or COPIC, which grew to more than 6,000 physicians during Bo's employment. He was highly regarded as an adjuster who specialized in the field of medical malpractice. Doctors and lawyers respected his sound business acumen.

Bo was actively involved as a volunteer for Evergreen's fire department, and he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

In May 2000, Bo retired and built a home in Steamboat Springs. He scanned tickets at the base of the gondola during the winter and was actively involved with the Catholic Church and community activities.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Kenny.

Bo is survived by his wife; his children, Mike Fry and his wife Cecilia of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Betsy Sklar and her husband Steve of Stamford, Conn., Ann of San Francisco, Calif., and Cathy McCague and her husband Todd of Breckenridge; three grandchildren, Julie Klar, Kenny Sklar and Neal Sklar of Stamford, Conn.; a sister, Connie Milligan; two nephews; a niece; and his companion Bene, an Australian shepherd.

A rosary was said July 30 at Holy Name Catholic Church. Mass was held July 31 at St. Jude Catholic Church in Lakewood. Interment followed at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, P.O. Box 805105, Kansas City, MO 64180-5105, or Bonfils Blood Center, 717 Yosemite St., Denver, CO 80230 or to Catholic Charities.

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