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William Fry


William “Spider” Fry, 92, of Berlin, Maryland, died on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, at his home. 

Spider was born on March 14, 1929, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, but spent his early childhood living in Elkton, Maryland. 

Spider graduated from the University of Maryland class of 1951. He was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity.

Spider and Sandy, his wife of 56 years, were the proud parents of Elizabeth Bodell and grandparents to Owen and Ava Bodell. 

Spider had a long and wonderful career working in the world of college athletics and was a member of the athletic staff at both Dartmouth College and the University of Maryland.

In addition to being the head trainer of athletic at both schools, he enjoyed time as the assistant athletic director and director of golf at the University of Maryland. 

Spider was inducted into the University of Maryland Hall of Fame for his contributions to the university’s athletics programs spanning more than 50 years and including multiple trips to bowl games such as the Sugar Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Peach Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, etc. 

Before joining the athletics staff at the University of Maryland, Spider was privileged to serve in the United States Air Force.

Spider and Sandy are members of the First Presbyterian Church of Ocean City, where Spider served as a past trustee. 

In addition, Spider enjoyed memberships in many organizations such as the Athletic Trainers Association, the American Legion and the Ocean Pines Golf Club. He was also a member of the University of Maryland “M” Club and received a varsity letter for soccer in 1947.

Despite holding many positions and activities, his favorite role in life was that of a husband, father, grandfather and friend. Spider’s family held a very special place in his heart, where his love will live on forever.

Spider had a remarkable life filled with many special memories with countless good friends, loving family, and good times.

Memorial donations can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Ocean City, 1301 Philadelphia Avenue, Ocean City, Maryland 21842.

Arrangements are in the care of Eastern Shore Cremation and Funeral Service, 504 Franklin Ave, Berlin, Maryland 21811. To send condolences to the family, please visit