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In memoriam: Thomas “Tom” Fridley

Industry News | April 21, 2022 | By:

Thomas “Tom” Robert Fridley, age 69, of Waynesville, Ohio passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2022, surrounded by his family. Passionate about business, he had a 35-year career at Glawe Awnings and Tents in Dayton, Ohio before retiring in 2011 as part-owner and VP of the awning division. Fridley was on the IFAI Board of Directors from 1990–2003, and chairman from 2000–2001. He was appointed an Honored Life Member in 2006. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Industrial Fabrics Foundation, the executive committee of the Miami Valley Better Business Bureau and as president of Zone 7 Canvas Products. After retiring, he continued to serve customers by founding TF Serging LLC, which provided serging and other carpet services.

Among many things, he will be remembered for how much he loved and cared for his family, always making sure they were his number one priority. Shaun and Tom had a special bond that was beyond father and son. Not only was Tom a loving father, but he was also Shaun’s mentor, confidant, and best friend. Tom had a great sense of humor and could be quite ornery. He was an avid fan of University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball and an avid fan and usher for The Ohio State University football games. Many times, his life revolved around when those teams were playing on TV. He enjoyed working on a new project in his woodshop or taking care of the woods on his property. He always had his beloved dog, Holly, by his side.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Barbara Cotner. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Sally; one son Shaun (Meghan) Fridley; one brother Rob (Sue) Fridley; sister Betty (Dave) Campling; one brother-in-law Bob Cotner; many nieces and nephews; father-in-law L. Vernon Schaefer; mother-in-law Fredricka Schaefer; one sister-in-law Kathy Schaefer; and close friends.

The family wishes to thank all of Tom’s family and friends for their love and support during this time. The family will receive friends 6 PM – 8 PM Friday, April 22, at Stubbs-Conner Funeral Home in Waynesville. A memorial service will be held at 11 AM Saturday, April 23 at Waynesville United Methodist Church. Pastor Joni Manson will be officiating. If desired, contributions may be made to Waynesville United Methodist Church. Condolences at

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