A lifetime of giving to community was recognized at Bay Boat Club last week as officials and guests gathered to unveil a plaque dedicated to long-time member Don Fridrich.
Don was a member of Bay Boat Club for over thirty years. During that time he served continuously as an officer or trustee. He was serving as a trustee until his death this past December.
Don loved sailing, and for many years he ran sailing races at the Club on Saturdays and Mondays.
He helped create Bay Sailing Club, which for many years offered sailing classes for youths and adults in Bay.
Because the sailing club began acquiring small boats, there was a need for a storage building for those boats. Don helped draw the plans for the sailing building. He, together with six or eight other sailors, built the sailing building from the ground up. Now, the building proudly bears a plaque honoring his commitment.
“Don was a person who readily gave of himself to help others around town, not just BBC members. He was a good friend and was highly respected by all the officers and trustees of BBC,” said Commodore Matt Dailey to a large turnout of friends and family who attended the Aug. 14 unveiling.
Testimonies about Don came from several guests, including Jill Price McLaughlin, daugher of Baycrafters founder Sally Price.
“After I got home from the dedication I sat and thought of all the ways this man helped not only at Baycrafters (furnace, building repairs, the list is long) but my mom, too. When she needed his expertise here at home or with the Historical Society he wouldn’t ever think twice and would be there within a minutes notice,” writes Jill on the Bay Village Behind the Scenes facebook site. “When we would be putting the Fayre up he would be the first to arrive to help and the last to leave. And his stories!! I picture him standing there with a tool in one hand telling one of his adventures. What a true gift he was to all who had the privilege to call him a friend.”
Additionally, the City of Bay Village has installed a plaque honoring Don on a tree near the Dover Center courts.
Don was a special person. For many years, he also donated blood every 56 days apart from the times he was ill.
“He just always believed in giving back,” said Barbara last week. “The sting of losing him will always be there but it was a great comfort to have seen so many people come out to the plaque dedication.”