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Thomas Milton Frye
  • 64 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 6, 1952
  • Place of birth:
    Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Date of passing: Nov 24, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Phoenix, Arizona, United States
There are memories that time does not erase... Forever does not make loss forgettable, only bearable. Tom, thank you and may your memory and legacy continue to live on...

 Thomas Milton Frye passed away peacefully at his home in Phoenix, Arizona

on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, 2016.

Thomas was born September 6, 1952 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Mr. Thomas C. and Mrs. Annie Frye. Thomas is preceded in death by his sons loving mother Karen Mulzac-Frye and leaves behind his immediate family members: mother, Annie Frye; sons, Channing and Logan; Daughter in-law Lauren; Brother, Leonard; Sister-in-law Pat Frye, nephews Aaron and Marcus; grandchildren Hendrix, Margaux and Roxie, God-children Hayley and Hayden, many relatives, dear friends and associates.

Thomas (Tom), a Christian man, and CEO of “I” Athlete, had a natural ability to bring out the best in others. Tom’s company was an advocate for the Encouragement of Excellence in academics and athletics. Tom was near completion of his book ‘I Athlete, has worked as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, non-profit organizations and start up enterprises. Tom’s software development and entrepreneur background has allowed him to serve as the Senior Vice-President for Business Development & Planning in Charter School Financing, Operations Manager for Systems Integration at Digital Equipment Corporation, Assistant Vice-President International Foundations for Education & Self Help and as a Instructor at the University of Phoenix.

A life long learner, Tom earned a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Livingston College, M.A. and M.Ed. in International Educational Development and has completed coursework towards a Doctorate of Education, all at Columbia University. 

Tom's hobbies included golf, fly-fishing and spending quality time with his family and friends. He was most committed to helping others develop their True Self. Tom never forgot where he came from and often said, ‘the climb is tough, but the view from the top is worth it.’ 
A sign of a man that always wanted others to develop their True Self.

Home-Going Celebration
10:00 AM
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Christ Church of the Ascension
4015 E. Lincoln Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

 As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be sent in honor of Thomas Milton Frye to
Christ Church of the Ascension (address above). 

Cards can be sent to
Channing Frye
Cleveland Clinic Courts
6101 Brecksville Road
Independence, OH 44131

Len & Pat Frye 14221 Neiman Road. Overland Park, KS 66221


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Dan Stubbs on 7th September 2017

"Forever will remember that smile and sense of humor - RIP My Brother !"

This tribute was added by Aundrea Cole on 6th September 2017

"Happy Birthday! I never imagined so soon after your untimely passing I would be saying "kiss my mom for me". She was heartbroken when you passed and spoke often of your childhood. You are now with the ones I hold dear to my heart. We will never really heal from the departure of those we have lossed but we take comfort in knowing you are all together. Forever missed, forever loved, happy birthday."

This tribute was added by P Benson on 8th January 2017

"Sorry about the family losing Mr. Frye.  I hope each of you will continue long after his passing love and comfort each other.  I pray this scripture will help when you are low.  "God is for us a refuge and strength, A help that is readily to be found during distresses."  Psalms 46:1"

This tribute was added by Calvin Jones on 6th January 2017

"Condolences to the Frye family....I met Tommy years when Len and I started a home base business in the early eighties.  He always had a smile on his face and was greatly admired by "Lenny".  The Frye family remain in our prayers and hearts.  God Bless."

This tribute was added by R. F., on 30th December 2016

"My deepest condolence to the Frye family. May you find solace during this time of distress of Tom's wonderful love, friendship and accomplishments, for God will give you, ‘thoughts of peace, and give you hope for the future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)"

This tribute was added by Charles Boyd on 22nd December 2016

""Tommy, I'm sure that God will welcome you through the gates of haven because you were a good man". I've known Tommy for more than 30 years and have learned a lot from him. My condolences to the Frye family. May God continue to bless us with the memories of Tommy Frye."

This tribute was added by Walter Applewhite on 19th December 2016

"Bed-Stuy produced some of the brightest and dynamic brothers who moved on to do great things. Tommy was ahead of his time and lived his vision to be self sufficient.  Sad to see another member of the family leave us.

Martin Williams"

This tribute was added by Aundrea Cole on 12th December 2016

"It took me a while to actually share my memories. I considered Tommy as an uncle more than a cousin. I was the flower girl at his wedding and all my memories are visions of him smiling. I can't remember a time when he didn't have a smile on his face. I took my first plane ride alone to stay with his family in New Hampshire and have a wonderful photo album that Karen nailed to me after I returned home. I can tell he touched the lives of many people and we are all left with wonderful memories. He will be forever missed but I know that I will see him again and can only pray that we all lean on God for support and understanding during this time of loss. Tommy had a smile that could light up a room and he will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace Tommy, until we meet again."

This tribute was added by Michael Poindexter on 10th December 2016

"I met Tom walking down a street in back of the University Of Northern Iowa with his brother Lenny. He was dropping his younger brother off at graduate school. As we got closer Lenny and I had the same hat on and clothes. Tom made sure Lenny had a friend before he left to head back east. I remember that day because Lenny and I have been like Brothers every since. Thank you Tom. Michael  Poindexter"

This tribute was added by BigGuy Campbell on 5th December 2016

"Growing up in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn NY, I often thought of Tom my brother Roy and Len and myself as the 'Four Musketeers'! I can remember the good times growing up spending time at their, Tom and Len's parents' home with whom my brother and I considered our second set of parents. It's hard to believe that that 'link' will forever be missing. I just want to wish my life-long buddy, friend Lenny, Tom's family, Channing, Logan, their families and my second Mom, who forever to me be Mrs (Anne) Frye and Mom, my sincerest and deepest condolences and for comfort at this time. In my soul and heart I do believe we'll all meet up again! God bless you family!"

This tribute was added by Robbin Boone on 4th December 2016

"To the family of Tom Frye. I pray that God holds each and everyone of you.. I was sadden when I learned of such a loss. Len I know it is hard; I am Praying for each of you to find strength.. May you all hold on to the great memories... One day you will see him again,... Know that he is not suffering any longer... know that your family and friends are hear for you.  May God Bring each and everyone of you peace. and comfort. As Tom is with Jesus now.......  God Bless you."

This tribute was added by Chevelle Busby on 2nd December 2016

"May you and your family find comfort from Gods word the Bible at John 5: 28, 29 which Stella is that soon there is going to be a resurrection (here on earth) and Thomas will rise and live again. That day is closer than we think. So hold on tight to all the loving memories you have of him."

This tribute was added by Lin Ross on 1st December 2016

"I always called you my brother because you were just that close to me. I adopted your mom as my own and also Tom and Len as my brothers. I will miss you coming to dinners or just bringing Mama over. You would be smiling from ear to ear as my aggressive little dog crawled all over you. I will remember that huge smile always. You will forever truly be missed"

This tribute was added by Patricia Frye on 1st December 2016

"" Much love to my brother-in-law Tom Frye whom I have known over 40years!  He was always teasing Lenny and I calling us "Lovebirds" . He had a giving heart and the gift of  encouraging young people to set goals and go after their dreams! RIP my brother.""

This tribute was added by Harrell Johnson on 30th November 2016

"I am praying the Frye family just keep Jesus at the center of their lives and all things (blessings and understanding) will be added unto  them.

Lenny, Pat, Marcus and Aaron ... Much Love  ...the Johnson's"

This tribute was added by Rogenia Motley on 29th November 2016

"Cousin Tom
I was sadden to hear of your passing but Jesus knows best and Jesus does good by us when we need rest he said he will never leave us neither forsake us. Cousin Anne,Lenny, Channing and Logan be of good cheer and remember your love one in his good times.May God bless you today and forever more"

This tribute was added by Peggie Simmons on 29th November 2016

"To the Frye Family, I will always remember Tom from his days in Corporate at DEC! Always the gentle Giant in the room with the big smile, the laugh that made others laugh, and always talking about the latest developments in TEC world. He and Grady could go years without seeing each other, but when the'd see each other, it was a Joke or a Laugh about something from their days at DEC.. I remember the weekend of  Hayden & Hayley's blessing in TX, we all had tears in our eyes, and the Man with the Giant Smile I believe had tears too! We Love you Tom Frye, your smile will be missed!"

This tribute was added by Grady Simmons on 29th November 2016

"I met Tom while working at Digital Equipment Corporation.
He always was a big joker. The smile he carried was always upon his face.  We talked about sports and his oldest son. I used to tell Tom to make sure he stayed on the right path. Tom would rise up and say what do you think I am doing?. He use to love the car he drove to work and I teased him about it jokingly.  Tom was a joy to be around. I will never forget the way he turned his head."

This tribute was added by Andrew Waite on 29th November 2016

"Tom: It was an honor to know you.  God bless you and those with memories of you. May God comfort those who love you and the many of us you touched.  Thank you for the time you spent with us.  A"

This tribute was added by Paul Hoskins on 29th November 2016

We have been friends for more than 30 years.  Friends that have worked, traveled, prayed and enjoyed many special moments together.  We both have come a long way from our corporate days at Digital.  I will never forget the last Thanksgiving we had at Frye Island and I’m most thankful that the Lord chose you to be the twins Godfather.  Even though you left earth too soon, you left behind a footprint of what it means to be a dedicated husband, father and friend.  That I will always cherish. I will  continue to impart your many words of wisdom and love to my family.  You were a good friend that I will never forget.  I’m sure if there is technology or teaching in Heaven, we will hear from you real soon…"

This tribute was added by Linda Mehlinger on 29th November 2016

"It was Thanksgiving in Kansas - more than 18 years ago - where we first met Thomas and Karen and their two boys.  We were invited to Thanksgiving dinner by our good friends, Pat and Lenny,  and all three couples had two boys each. Keith and I enjoyed meeting Thomas and his wife and enjoyed their stories about Arizona and Brooklyn!  We will never forget the fun we had talking to this lovely couple.  We are so sorry that they both have passed on.  We will keep Thomas, Karen and the Frye family in our prayers!   Linda and Keith Mehlinger"

This tribute was added by Tom Ford on 29th November 2016

"Always a smile and positive attitude. Shared his love of family and eagerness to promote education to athletes. He was a true friend."

This tribute was added by Leonard Frye on 29th November 2016

"I loved my big brother very much and will miss him a bunch. We had great times together growing up which extended into our adult life. I always admired his competitive nature and how he always looked to get things done even when he ran up against roadblocks. I find joy in knowing he is with Jesus."

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