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Aycock-Riverside Funeral and Cremation Center

1112 Military Trail, Jupiter, FL

OBITUARY

Thomas Francis Fricke

April 13, 1933July 3, 2017

Fricke, Thomas Francis

Thomas Francis Fricke, 84, formerly of Baldwin, New York, passed Monday, July 3, 2017 in Jupiter, Florida, where he resided with his wife of nearly 60 years, Suzanne Flood Fricke. Throughout his life, Tom's focus was Sue and his five children, all of whom have been gifted by his unselfish love, outrageous humor, and sage advice.

Tom was born on April 13, 1933 in Oceanside, New York. He graduated from Cornell University (which he attended on an NROTC scholarship) and proudly served in the United States Marine Corps.

He retired from a successful career as Vice President of Sterling Grace Municipals in New York, NY in time to enjoy ringing the cow bell at his youngest daughter's high school field hockey games and later traveling the world with Sue. Beloved for his irreverent sense of humor and enthusiasm for life, Tom made friends wherever he went and graced the local landscapes with his knack for cultivating flowers and shrubs.

Surviving are his wife, Suzanne Flood Fricke; his son John F. Fricke of Northfield, Vermont and wife Jackie; his daughter Janet Fricke Combs of Baltimore, Maryland and husband Rich; his son Robert K. Fricke of Kailua, Hawaii and wife Cynthia; his daughter Joanne Fricke Craig of Huntersville, North Carolina and husband Ronnie; and his daughter Patricia Fricke Poulson of Elmhurst, Illinois and husband Mark. He was adored by his 14 grandchildren who will continue to repeat his jokes and antics as a living tribute to him: Jennifer (and husband Tom), Tom (and wife Liz); Sean; Patrick (and wife Kristin); Laura; Brian; Colleen; Kelly; Billy; Ben; Emily; Jimmy; John; and Susie.

A brief memorial Celebration of Tom's life will be held at the Allegro Community Room on Friday, July 7, 2017, at 4:30 p.m., 1031 Community Drive, Jupiter, Florida 33458. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Tom Fricke's name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, online here:

https://www2.jdrf.org/site/Donation2?idb=1343539236&df_id=2374&mfc_pref=T&2374.donation=form1

(Please list as "next of kin" Janet Combs, 1914 Fairbank Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21209.)

Alternatively, you may mail a check referencing Tom Fricke in the memo section to: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, New York, NY 10004.

Arrangements under the direction of Aycock-Riverside Funeral and Cremation Center, Jupiter, FL.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Friday, July 7, 2017

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Ann Rees

July 12, 2017

Dear Sue and family: I was so sorry to hear about Tomj's passing. It was always such fun to visit you, Tom and your family. The children really appreciated seeing you all. I hope all is well with you. I'm still hanging in there. ITake care. I think of you often. Love, Ann

Fran Mazzaglia -Fink

July 11, 2017

Janet, my condolences to you and the whole Fricke clan. I remember your dad, from school activities along with your wonderful mom. may he RIP .
Xxx Fran Mazzaglia Fink

Janet Combs

July 10, 2017

July 10, 2017

Dear Sue and family, Skip and I are saddened learn about Tom.He was always such a joy to be with on the rare occasions we were together. He brightened up a room . We will miss him too. Our sincerest condolences with Love, Iingrid

Joyce Cochran

July 7, 2017

Dear Sue and family members, We "old" members of Rosa Court remember Tom and you with great affection. You use to take on the task of decorating the palm trees at the entrance of our development for Christmas. The call would go out for volunteers. After several years those palm trees got a little too tall for Tom to climb. When you, Sue, had to close your eyes it was time to hire the pros. We were blessed to have you two as neighbors and friends but when health problems interfered with your lives, you made the reluctant decision to move to Allegro. Thanks, Sue and Tom, for such wonderful memories!!

Janet Memoli

July 7, 2017

Dear Sue & family,
We are so very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was a great neighbor , a good friend and an efficient leader . We have such wonderful memories of our days at Juno Ocean Club with you and Tom.
Our prayers are with you and your family.
Tony & Janet Memoli

July 7, 2017

Dear Sue , I was so sorry to hear about Tom passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Love Phyllis Spadaccino

July 7, 2017

Mike and I send our love and condolences to the entire Fricke Familiy and all who loved Tom. He was a wonderful man, husband and father. Wishing him a peaceful rest. Our very best wishes, Sandy & Mike Rath

Lillian Bentley

July 7, 2017

Sue,
Words cannot express our sadness with Tom's passing. We have such wonderful memories of times spent with you both and have missed you in the community. I especially cherish our memories of St. Patrick's Day meals shared with fun and laughter. Hold onto your memories, and let them guide you during this time of sadness. God Bless, Lillian and Bruce

July 7, 2017

FROM THE FAMILY