A few years ago after a round of golf at Pinehurst, my group went to "The 19th Hole" in the clubhouse. I noticed a brother sitting there whom I didn't recognize, yet I felt a "kindred spirit" and introduced myself. After eliminating his not being related to the Frye familiy in the area I tried to connect us in college. When I told him I attended A&T for a year and transferred to Howard he said his brother Len went to A&T. "Lenny Frye?!" I said, "Man, Lenny and I were tight at A&T." I also told Tom that my dad, Felton Capel grew up with his dad, T.C. and his uncle Henry Frye and that I had a photo of the quartet our fathers sang in together. Tom told me Len was there and they were part of a big group of golfers who were still on the course. Needless to say Tom and I connected and Len and I reconnected. I was contacted yesterday by a mutual friend of Len and and I from A&T who wanted to book me for a performance and decided to call Lenny out of the blue. Needless to say I was shocked and saddened to hear of the transition of Tom, this great guy, friend and kindred spirit. Lenny and I prayed together which immediately brought healing and comfort. May the Peace that only God can give be with the family and friends of Thomas Frye...I am with you all "kindredly" in spirit.
I met Tom as a freshman in HS when we joined a youth bowling league sponsored by the department store, Abraham & Straus. We transitioned from bowling to basketball to golf, so many fond memories of laughing and throwing "woof tickets". Our brothers (Len and Phil) became friends as colleagues at the innovative John Dewey HS in Brooklyn, and additional commonality came into the game when I became a CPA and close friend and golfing buddy of his cousin, Walter, the founder of the largest Black CPA firm in NJ, Frye Williams & Co.
I'll never forget him coining the acronym "IIG" - Immediate Information Gratification as he sat in his office at the then new facility, Bed-Stuy Restoration Center, ever conscious of having a small bouqet of fresh flowers on his desk to brighten his day. He was a scholar, athlete, loving father and most importantly, an inspiration for us all. Throughout the nearly 50 years of our friendship we always stayed in touch through thick and thin. I am so sincerely happy that my "better half", Stephanie Gray, and I had the opportunity to break bread with "Tom Tom" in April on a visit to Phoenix to see our mutual friend, Mike Alston. What an awesome reunion, if only for a brief moment - truly a reminder that life is precious and we must always live in the moment.
God bless you !
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