Former Gazette owner Donald J. Fryday, 91, formerly of Wellsboro and Florida, died peacefully in his sleep Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, at his daughter Carol Ross’s home near Pittsburgh.
Born April 6, 1926 in Philadelphia, Don and his family moved to a farm in Bucks County in 1936. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at age 17 and served until 1946. He was recalled into active duty in 1950 and served in the Korean conflict.
In 1957, he married Joan Conevery and purchased a part interest in the Wellsboro Gazette, which was then owned by his father-in-law, Robert A. Conevery, and Robert’s sister, Mary Cameron. Upon the death of his father-in-law, Donald and his brother-in-law, Robert D. Conevery, formed the firm of Conevery and Fryday.
With the purchase of The Wellsboro Agitator, the firm became the Tioga Printing Corporation. Shortly after, the corporation assumed ownership of the Westfield Free-Press Courier and The Dollar Saver, now the Savvy
With the retirement of Robert D. Conevery, the corporation became solely owned by Joan and Don. In 1983, Don served as president of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association. In 1996, the Frydays sold the corporation to Community Media Group, which continues to operate the publication.
Don served as president of the Tyoga Country Club, the Tioga Cancer Society, the American Field Service and GROW. He headed Wellsboro’s Beautification Committee when the trees for Main Street were purchased and was active in the Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce.
Joan died on July 17 of this year. The couple was married for 61 years.
Don was active in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and the Church of the Good Shepherd in Venice, Fla.
He is survived by his children, David (Tracey) Fryday of Johnstown and Carol (David) Ross of Pittsburgh.
Arrangements are incomplete at press time. A full obituary will be printed at a later date.