By Jacob Wilson/Garden Grove Journal
A somber Westminster City Council met Wednesday for the first time since the passing of longtime Councilmember Frank Fry.
“It’s hard to look at his empty chair,” said councilmember Andy Quach, who normally sat next to Fry on the council dais.
Fry passed away Nov. 4 following a year of declining health. He was 87. Fry had served on the council since 1966 and was mayor for three terms. A memorial service was held Wednesday afternoon.
“Frank had an infectious laugh and an enthusiasm for life,” Mayor Margie Rice said. “He dedicated his life to family and public service.”
As the most senior council member, Fry acted as a mentor and guide to newer and younger members.
“When I joined the council in 1994 Frank was the one most willing to help me,” she said. “I wasn’t the first or the last new council member to get help from him.”
During his time on the council, Fry spearheaded the movement to bring a Vietnam War memorial to Westminster, brought the splash pad play area to Sigler Park and saw another park renamed in his honor.
Fry’s council term was up this year and he did not seek reelection. Westminster School Board President Sergio Contreras, who said Fry encouraged him to run, was elected to the council.