Richard “Richie” Fricklas, a beloved member of Temple Sinai and revered in his profession, passed away July 27, 2016, in Centennial. Rabbi Steven Kaye officiated at the July 29 service at Temple Sinai. Interment followed at Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements.
“Whether a person dies at 10, 30, 50 or 80, it is always much too soon,” said his wife Anita Fricklas. “There is never enough time for everything you want to do.”
Mr. Fricklas was born on Sept. 30, 1934, in Hempstead, NY.
He graduated Hempstead High, earned a BA in chemistry from Hofstra University and an MA in physical chemistry from Rutgers.
Mr. Fricklas served in the US Ordnance Corps, a branch of the US Army.
He married Anita Fricklas on Dec. 22, 1957.
After working for Johns Manville in New Jersey, Mr. Fricklas came to Denver in 1972 and began working at the company here.
He started out in research and worked his way up the corporate the ladder, ultimately heading the Built Up Roofing Systems Institute, a school for architects.
Later technical director and CEO of the Roofing Educational Institute, he retired from business in 1996.
The recipient of numerous industry awards, Mr. Fricklas was honored with the Lifetime Membership Award, Roof Consultants Institute, 2015; Outstanding Educator Award, RCI, 2013; William Correll Award, RCI, 2009; Lifetime Achievement Award, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), 2008; William Cullen Award, ASTM, 2006; Lifetime Achievement Award, Colorado Roofing Contractors Assn., 2004; J.A. Piper Award, National Roofing Contractors Assn., 1999; Lifetime Achievement Award, Institute of Roofing and Waterproofing Consultants, 1999; James Q. McCawley Award, Midwest Roofing Contractors Assn., 1991; and the Walter C. Voss Award, ASTM, 1991.
Mr. Fricklas is survived by his wife Anita Fricklas; children Michael (Donna Astion) Fricklas, Kenneth (Carolyn Drews) Fricklas and Susan (Jonathan) Fricklas; grandchildren Shanna, Bryce, Jaimee, Adam, Gabriella, Genevieve and Aimee; and sister Adrienne Mantis.
Contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation Colorado, 2280 S. Albion St., Denver, CO 80222; or JFS.
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