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Richard A. Frisch, retired Trico employee; Sept. 17, 1929 -- June 20, 2011

Richard A. Frisch, a retired Trico worker, died Monday in his Snyder home after a brief illness. He was 81.

Born in Kenmore, he attended the Little Seminary in Buffalo and graduated from Kenmore High School, where he played basketball and football.

Mr. Frisch served in the Army during the Korean War and was a member of the personal guard for Gen. James Van Fleet and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Returning from service, he worked at Trico for five years, then joined Amherst Distributing, his father-in-law's beverage distributing business in Williamsville.

He worked in sales and deliveries for 15 years until the business closed, then returned to Trico as a tool-and-die maker. He retired in 1989.

He was active in Catholic Youth Organization basketball as a player and a coach.

Mr. Frisch also was a Boy Scout leader and oversaw a bowling league. He enjoyed ice skating, fishing and gardening.

He was a longtime member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Snyder.

In retirement, he audited classes at the University at Buffalo for many years, attending history courses and many English courses.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, the former Janet Schopf; a son, Robert; and two daughters, Debbie Keller and Bonnie Besmanoff.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. July 16 in Christ the King Church, 30 Lamarck Drive at Main Street, Snyder.


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