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DANVILLE, NH: Walter G. Fries, 80, of Danville, N.H., died peacefully on February 25, 2016, while visiting his winter home in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Born on November 14, 1935 in Le Sueur, Minn., “Wally” was the son of Walter H. Fries and Margaret Johann Fries.

After serving in the United States Marines, Wally worked for the United States Navy in Washington, D.C. Later, he worked in military and international contracts with Electric Boat and Raytheon. He co-founded a Montessori school in Vienna, Virginia in the early 1960’s and served on the Board of Trustees of the American School of Paris in the 1970’s. After retiring, Wally advised and partnered in many events and business functions throughout New Hampshire including, the N.H. Small Business Administration, N.H. Department of Resources and Economic Development, the office of the N.H. Secretary of State, and the Nashua and Manchester Chamber of Commerce. He was a longtime member of SCORE providing guidance to many New Hampshire businesses in foreign trade and general business operations. He served as SCORE District 189 President for eight years. Wally was instrumental in creating the Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the New Hampshire deaf and hard of hearing community. He was an organizing member and served on the board of the Southeast Watershed Alliance. Wally served as Moderator for the town of Danville for over 25 years, retiring in 2013.

Wally enjoyed all music, especially Cajun and blues, wine, fine food and pastry. He was a true believer in “le puissance de chocolat” (the power of chocolate). Wally will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

Family members include two daughters, Elizabeth Fries, of Denver, Colo. and Jennifer Stitt, of Bedford; four grandsons, Nicholas Fries Maston and Nathaniel Fries Maston of Denver and Tyler Benjamin Stitt and Daniel Joseph Stitt of Bedford, N.H. He will be missed by his very special ‘Honey” Andrea Lindenmayer. He was preceded in death by his younger sister, Colleen Long. Still kicking are his two brothers, Gerald Long of Tucson, Arizona and Roger Long of North Kenai, Alaska; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be private. The family wishes to commemorate Wally’s lifelong interest in supporting education for Native Americans in Browning, Montana, where Wally spent many summers as a young man. Donations may be made in his name to the Blackfeet Community College. All contributions will be matched by the “Partnership with Native Americans”, which would delight Wally. Blackfeet Community College P.O. Box 819, Browning, MT, 59417 Attention: Rebecca Arnold.
Published on  March 24, 2016
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