August 7, 1937 – February 16, 2012
David Fry, beloved husband of Prem Fry and father of Shaun Fry, passed away peacefully in his family home in Calgary, Alberta on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at the age of 74 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre St. North, Calgary (Telephone (403) 276-2296), on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm. A complete obituary will be published in the Friday, March 16, 2012 edition of the Calgary Herald. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
Please visit our memorial website, REMEMBERDAVID.COM for information, updates and your personal comments and condolences.
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband and father David John Illingworth Fry on February 16, 2012 in his home in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
The oldest child of his parents, Ann and Johann Justus Fry, David was born in Leek, Staffordshire, England on 7th August, 1937. The family moved to Newcastle-under-Lyme. David attended New Castle High School from 1948 to 1955.
In 1961, at the age of only 24, David completed his Ph.D. in Physics at Bristol University, England, coming to Canada in 1962 to join the Faculty of Science (Department of Physics) at McGill University in Montreal. He moved to Calgary in 1964 to join the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary.
David met Prem S. Dua, his wife-to-be, at a faculty reception in 1966. Prem had recently joined the faculty after completing her Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University. David and Prem were married in 1968 and established their first permanent home in N.W. Calgary. Two years later they became proud parents of their son Shaun, who was born in Oxford, England.
During his 42-years with the University, David established a distinguished university teaching and research career in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Calgary. David’s interests and contributions also extended to astrophysics. He increased his circle of friends and colleagues through his generous contributions to the development of the Royal Astronomical Society (RASC) branch in Calgary, where he served two terms as President.
Through his extensive volunteer work, David also contributed significantly to the Science Centre in Calgary, as well as to research in astrophysics at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, where he shared his knowledge of the universe with thousands of people who attended functions. In recognition of his outstanding instructional contributions David was awarded the 2005 “Excellence in Teaching Award” in the Faculty of Science by the Students Union. He finally took retirement in 2006. David has been remembered by colleagues at the Observatory as “an inspirational educator, astrophysics researcher and always a true gentleman”.
David John Illingworth Fry lived his life to the fullest. Beyond his unfailing love and care for his family, David’s greatest passion was helping others and providing enduring support and encouragement to students, colleagues and friends alike. He frequently took time to present workshops and talks on various topics of Physics to Public School Board Elementary and High Schools and supervised high school science projects to stimulate young persons’ interest in the sciences, many of whom were later motivated to pursue a Physics major in university. His generosity, selfless spirit and quiet warmth drew endless numbers of friends, students and colleagues to him. The vast outpouring of tributes which students and colleagues, from across the globe, paid to him via letters and during their recent visits with him at his home have provided a treasured legacy for his family.
David’s greatest attribute was his genuine, compassionate and loving personality. He had a deeply warm and sincere smile for almost everyone he encountered. One of David’s most loveable traits was that he had a constantly playful and wonderfully imaginative sense of humour, which resonated with everyone he met. He had an amazing capacity to find delight in almost every situation, whether it was watching how light reflected off an unusual object, or marvelling at technological insights or aspects of the universe.
David had endless talents and interests. He was a musician who played the guitar, clarinet, recorder, and saxophone. He had a passion for words, languages, linguistics, and different cultures. He spoke French, German and Russian, and had an impressive knowledge of dozens of other languages. He dedicated money for many charities and foster children’s homes. He delighted in acquiring new books and journals of all varieties. He read voraciously, and had a stunning range of knowledge that seemed to be nearly universal, including science, culture, history and the arts and languages—values that he also instilled in his beloved son Shaun.
He will be missed sorely by his family, who will forever think of him as their Guardian Angel, and remembered and admired by all who had the good fortune to know his calm, soft-spoken and gently unassuming demeanor, his keen intellect, his quiet sense of humour, and his attributes of kindness and firm moral integrity. David and Prem’s favorite prayer at the start and end of each day, including the evening of the last day of David’s life, was The Lord’s Prayer “Our Father Who Art in Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name.”
David passed away peacefully in his family home in the loving presence of his wife, Prem, his son Shaun, and his brother Julian. He is survived by his loving wife Prem, his dearly beloved son Shaun in Calgary, by his brother and sister-in-law, Julian and Anne, and their daughter Nicola, and by his sister Margaret Goodwin and her daughters Sarah, Jeni, and Cathy, all of whom reside in England. On his wife Prem’s side, David is survived by his sister-in-law Sheila in Calgary, and brother-in-law Y.L. Malik, residing in Delhi, India. We will all miss him greatly.
Family, relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend a memorial service to be presided over by Senior Pastor Rick Scruggs on Friday, March 23, 2012 commencing at 2 pm. sharp at the Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North (phone 403 276 2296). The service will be followed immediately by a reception at the same location. There will also be Celebration of the Life of David Fry to be held in the Calgary area on a date yet to be announced.
Please visit our memorial website, REMEMBERDAVID.COM for information, updates and your personal comments.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta or to the Bow Valley Christian Church in N.W. Calgary.
In living memory of David Fry, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences