Community says goodbye to Ryan Frye: ‘He was a beautiful kid’

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A procession of vehicles heads down South Main Street in Northville Wednesday following the service for 15-year-old Ryan Frye at the Baptist Church of Northville. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

NORTHVILLE — A large crowd of friends and family of Ryan Frye mourned his passing Wednesday during a service at the Baptist Church of Northville.

Frye died Saturday night after sustaining injuries when he was hit by a car on Route 29 in Broadalbin. Frye was a sophomore at Broadalbin-Perth High School. He was 15 years old and the son of Phillip and Tammy Frye.

Sara Bennett, a Johnstown resident and family friend of Ryan Frye attended the funeral. She said he was an amazing person.

“He was compassionate, funny, outgoing kid,” she said.

Bennett is helping to coordinate a gofundme page to help pay for the costs of Ryan’s funeral.

“It was the family’s idea, but I took [the] rein. The financial burden for the family should be the thing they are least worried about,” she said. “Funeral costs are up to $11,000 currently.”

The link for the gofundme page is www.gofundme.com/funeral-costs-for-ryan-frye. As of this morning, the page had raised $2,540 from 49 people.

Joe Pazzaglia, the owner of Pazzaglia’s Kenpo Karate Studio in Johnstown, said Ryan Frye had been coming to his studio since he was 5 years old.

“He was a beautiful kid. Over the years, I watched him grow up,” Pazzaglia said. “He trained with me until he was 15. He had made it clear that martial arts was his passion, even though he was playing other sports and activities.

“The thing with Ryan is, you always hear people say these kinds of things during times like this, but he really was a very caring, compassionate, giving person. He loved helping the little kids and helping the other students.

“It takes a unique person to do martial arts. A lot of people come and go — I’ve had thousands of people come through my door — and only a handful stay the course. It’s hard to convince a 5-year-old that that’s the right thing to do and stay for 10 years, so when you have somebody like Ryan, that’s a really special, unique individual, because it’s an unbelievably difficult activity.

“Over a 10-year period, he’s not a student anymore, there’s a bond, he’s family. He was like my little boy.”

Two members of the Aura RC woman’s motorcycle riding club, ‘Gemma’ and ‘MegZ’, attended the funeral. The women said they could not give their real names due to club rules. They said Aura RC and the Capital District Moose Riders are conducing a benefit ride for Frye’s family on Sunday. The registration for the event will be from noon to 2 p.m., with $20 entry fees for motorcycles and cars and $10 fees for passengers. The ride will begin at 2 p.m. and will go around the Great Sacandaga Lake.

Gemma said all of the proceeds from the ride will go to Frye’s family. More information about the ride and the club is available at Aura RC Facebook page facebook.com/ AURA-RC.

By Chad Fleck

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