South River, New Jersey
June 12, 1944 - December, 14, 2016
Skating aficionado, Chester Fried, passed away in his home on December 14, 2016.
Chester began skating in the early 1950s in New York, and began collecting roller skating artifacts in the 1960s. As a former New York State Champion, he moved to South River, New Jersey, in 1969 and worked as the office manager in the family's chemical plant, Fried Industries in Middletown.
When Chester wasn't working, he was at the skating rink training for the next contest, or hunting down skating relics at flea markets. Along with what he found, other items were passed along to him by skaters from all over the country.
Chester was quoted in a New Tribune article in 1987, "Skating is my life. I've been skating since I was seven years old, and I've been a competitive skater since 1954". He said, "I just love the sport. It helps keep me slim and trim and it's fun. I wouldn't be the same without it". Loved by all who knew him, he never met a person he didn't like. And skating and his many friends would not be the same without him.
With Chester's love of skating and its history, he became one of the eight founders of the National Museum of Roller Skating in Lincoln, Nebraska. A living encyclopedia of roller skating facts, Chester's legacy of skating remains, with the National Museum of Roller Skating, incorporated in 1980 and attaining enough artifact to open in 1982. Generous with his time, skills, knowledge and heart, he will be sorely missed.
National Museum of Roller Skating Grand Opening - April 13, 1982
Museum Board of Trustees - Left to Right: George Pickard-Lincoln, NE; Bert Anselmi-Pontiac, MI;
Richard Young-West Warwick, RI; Director/Curator Mike Brooslin-Lincoln, NE; Marvin Facher-Elizabeth, NJ;
Bob Bollinger-Portland, OR; James Turner-Maryville, TN; and Chester Fried- South River, NJ