GLENWOOD SPRINGS — From locals to frequent visitors, people are reacting to the sudden death of longtime Roaring Fork Valley resident Edmund “Eddie” Fralick.
The 34-year-old Fralick died unexpectedly Wednesday, March 12, at his Glenwood Springs home.
“He was a friend to everyone and will be dearly missed,” said friend Kendra Wilson, of New Castle.
Like many in and around the Glenwood Springs area, Wilson met Fralick at downtown restaurant Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company, where he worked as a server and bartender.
“As a fellow Southern transplant, I immediately felt a connection to Eddie,” Wilson said. “He was the epitome of Southern hospitality and had a way of making everyone who met him feel special.”
A fixture in Glenwood’s hospitality industry, Fralick also worked at the Last Run Lounge at Sunlight Mountain Resort and Zheng Asian Bistro in Glenwood Springs. He originally came to Glenwood in 2002 after meeting longtime friend Noni Taylor, a Gypsum native and former Glenwood Springs resident, in South Carolina.
The two instantly bonded.
“We just hit it off immediately. We quickly became friends,” Taylor said. “I moved back to Colorado, then he came out for a visit and decided to move to Glenwood Springs. Everybody just fell in love with him. Everybody just loved him. I think he just loved the small-town friendly community that Glenwood has to offer. He loved the mountains.”
Taylor said the pair’s friendship grew so close over the years, Fralick even vacationed with her family.
“He went to Mexico with me and my family for five years,” she said. “My parents loved him. He was the life of the party down in Mexico. He was part of our family.”
Along with traveling to Mexico, Fralick enjoyed trips to Sydney, Australia, to visit former Glenwood resident and friend Maria Sangermano. No matter where he visited, Fralick formed many bonds overseas, Taylor said.
“I know he loved to travel,” she said. “He just fit in with everybody.”
Fralick had relocated to Florida in late 2013 with his partner, Andrew Shore, and the two had since returned to the valley around Christmas. Fralick was working at the Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company at the time of his passing.
The Glenwood Springs Police Department received a call at 11 a.m. March 12 that there had been an unattended death at Fralick’s home on Blake Avenue. A co-worker found him there, and the cause of death is under investigation.
Edmund Hamilton Fralick II, an Orangeburg, S.C., native, was born on March 2, 1980, to Edmund Hamilton Fralick and Laura Nell Fralick, who preceded him in death. Fralick was a 1998 graduate of Edisto High School in Cordova. He had several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends in South Carolina.
Funeral services are planned for 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Double Branch Baptist Church, where he was a member, in Orangeburg. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Double Branch Baptist Church, 3567 Neeses Highway, Orangeburg, S.C. 29115, and a guest book can be signed at www.thompsonfh.net.
A community celebration of Fralick’s life is being planned for Sunday, April 6 in Glenwood Springs.