Remembering Ryan

Sitting on the couch in their South Burlington apartment, a week after her husband died, Emily Frazier remembered the time she and her husband, Ryan, were walking on Church Street and they encountered a homeless man. She said Ryan took the man into the restaurant, got him a seat and paid the restaurant owner to feed the man for the day.This was the type of life she’ll remember Ryan for, she said.”He was incredibly generous,” she said. “He would always help someone, he would never turn you away.”Their 16-month-old son August played at her feet, then toddled across the room to change the CD in the player to a new song – an impressive feat for such a young child.”His daddy taught him that,” Emily said. “He was the best daddy ever.”Charles “Ryan” Frazier, a UVM junior, killed himself on Nov. 13 in Charlotte, his wife, Emily said. He was 21 years old.He was diagnosed with and being treated for depression, Emily said.Ryan left behind his wife, a third-year anthropology major at UVM and their son, August.Ryan was majoring in business administration with a concentration in personal accounting and finance, Emily said.Ryan and Emily Frazier lived in South Burlington, she said. They met in high school in St. Johnsbury, Vt. and have been together since, marrying two-and-a-half years ago.Ryan was a celebrated worker, Emily said. He was the youngest employee at the Verizon store where he worked customer service, quickly earning promotions and awards for his hard work.At 19, he purchased his first home, she said.Ryan also worked to support his mother and two brothers, she said. “A lot of people depended on him.”Angie Fitzpatrick, assistant retail sales manager at the Verizon Wireless South Burlington, said that Ryan’s coworkers at the store were in shock when they heard of Ryan’s death.Fitzpatrick said she had known Ryan for a year and a half and that he was a caring person and an invaluable member of the sales team at Verizon.Ryan began as a customer service representative and was promoted to retail sales representative, the position he held when he died.”He’ll be greatly missed,” she said. “He wanted to make things better for everyone – customers and employees.”