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PGWP Mel Fry, 1938-2024

We are extremely saddened to announce the passing of Past Grand Worthy President Melvin L. Fry (August 25, 1938 – April 30, 2024). 

Mel joined Carlisle, Pa., Aerie #1299 in 1961, where he remained a member for the entirety of his time as an Eagle. He held several offices in the Carlisle Aerie over the years including Worthy President for the 1985-1986 term. 

In June 1995, he was installed as the Pennsylvania State Worthy President, later ascending to the Grand Aerie as Grand Outside Guard in 2002. Mel reached the Aerie’s highest honor, Grand Worthy President, in July 2011 at the Eagles’ International Convention in Orlando, Fla. 

Following his year in office, Fry shared that it was his “biggest honor to be a part of the greatest organization in the world and to represent this great fraternity.” 

Mel was a family man above all else, often traveling throughout the jurisdiction with his wife, Margaret, and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

The Grand Aerie extends its thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Mel Fry and to the Brothers and Sisters of Carlisle #1299 and the state of Pennsylvania. 

Arrangements will be announced as they are made available to us.

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