reminded of a time when another diver, who also loved the
ocean and worked hard to protect, promote and enjoy it, once
said, “The problem with divers is, they are too busy
diving.” I think this is true of all of us to a greater
or lesser degree at different times in our lives.
So it was with Randy Fry for many of his diving years. That
is until he heard about the future possible restrictions on
divers and anyone wishing to enjoy the ocean. That news made
him sit up and take notice. He decided he didn’t like
all the things he saw and heard and so he became involved.
Instead of being a diver who was “too busy diving”
he became a diver who didn’t have time for diving. He
was too busy fighting for his rights to dive and fish…
and our rights as well.
first time I met Randall (he never seemed like a Randall to
me) “Randy” Fry was at the first of a series of
meetings about reserves proposals. He offered keen insight
and a great deal of enthusiasm there, but that was only a
start. We next met in Fort Bragg where he involved recreational
fishers in discussions with divers and helped formulate a
“game plan” to better use the meetings to our
From that time forward Randy took the “bull by the horns”
and started to be, not only actively involved, but a leader
in our cause. He worked with a number of other, already well
organized, groups and eventually brought about the founding
of the Recreational Fishing Alliance, Northern California
Chapter. He inspired and enlisted the mixed bag of recreational
allies he met along the way into a strong support group.
Randy was “One in a million.” He did not rest,
in fact if anything, the more he became involved, the more
he worked with the many issues relating to the concerns of
recreational fishers and divers. More importantly, he made
progress where others of us had not.
And now he is gone. Killed by a shark, of all things, while
diving in the ocean he loved. Those who only know his name,
should be grateful for all he did. Those of us who knew him
were grateful we had the opportunity to know and work with
him. He gave us new hope for a brighter future with improved
recreational opportunities and he opened new avenues for those
of us who will follow in his wake.
We will miss Randy. But he and what he did for us will not
forgotten. His work will go on. The odds of his death by shark
attack were “one in a million” as was he. Randy
Fry was indeed, “One In A Million.”