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Peter Michael Fryer, born in Birmingham, England on August 24th, 1933, to Norman Arthur Fryer and Irene Alice (Dalton Ball) passed away peacefully on Friday, November 15th, 2019, in Plainwell, Michigan, USA at the age of 86.

He grew up in Birmingham, England during the blitz of WWII which gave him an adapt and carry on, no matter what, attitude he carried throughout his life. He served an apprenticeship as a sheet metal worker (Tinsmith) at Birmingham Gas Board before serving his National Service in the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (REME) in Dorset, Essex and Paderborn, Germany. He married the love of his life, Hazel (Woodcock) in 1957. He worked at Birmingham Heating & Cooling before starting his own Business ‘Engine Reconditioning & Parts’ with friends from his childhood. He retired in 1995 and emigrated to Plainwell, Michigan, USA to be nearer his children and grandchildren. He continued to work with his son building houses and continued his daughter’s education, as he instructed her on house maintenance and the use of his well-equipped work shop. He also took pleasure traveling to watch his grandchildren at various sports & school activities.

He had many and varied hobbies throughout his life including gardening, breeding tropical fish, refurbishing and navigating boats, cross stitch, jigsaw puzzles and at the age of 85 completed his first Lego project.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and sister, June Smart. He is survived and will be sadly missed by his wife of 62 years, Hazel; daughter, Debra (James) Thorp; son, Michael (Ginny); grandchildren, Sebastian and Alec Fryer, Brianna, Caitie and Megan Thorp; brother-in-law, Tony; and ex-daughter-in-law, Pamela.

Per his wishes he will be cremated, with a celebration of life and wake following for immediate family in keeping with British tradition.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Jean & Alan Powell on November 19, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    A lovely kind man, he was both a friend and a partner of Alan & Joan Powell.
    All the family thought highly of Pete, and are sad for the loss.

  2. Wendy And Dave Kay on November 19, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. He was loved by many. He was a wonderful, loving man. We are glad we were able to have met him and be part of his life. Sending Hugs, Prayers, and Love to You and Your Family.

  3. Josie lan sarah and extended family on November 20, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    So sorry for you’re loss a wonderful man who will be sadly missed by all that had the pleasure to have known him remembering many great times in Portmadoc and the adventure on the max fairy love and hugs to you all our thoughts are with you all god bless Xx

  4. Kay Hutchinson on November 23, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    I only learned of Peter’s passing today (11/23) and feel so badly; I came to your home, Hazel, but you were not home. I will miss Peter and will think of him whenever I make a pineapple cake. He was such a lovely man and I will treasure the laughs we had shared. I wish you peace.

  5. Joy Elizabeth Reardon on November 26, 2019 at 11:31 am

    I have known Pete and Hazel since I was about 18 some 62 years. He was one of the kindest people we have ever met. He always put himself out for you.

    Paul and I had some great holidays with Hazel and Pete. We played cards a lot where Pete used to tell us off if we went wrong, visited collector’s fairs and shared family life with their children and grandchildren. Pete was larger than life and will be remembered by us with love.

    Joy and Paul

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