Kelly W. Frye began as a firefighter with the Shaft Volunteer Fire Department, later joining the Frostburg Volunteer Fire Department. His career with the Cumberland Fire Department began in 1996, and he continued to serve there for almost 26 years. Kelly loved being part of the fire services and helping others. He enjoyed helping with fire safety and doing children’s tours at the fire department. Kelly also loved being involved in muscular dystrophy fundraisers and often brought in the largest tallies. A dear friend and fire department brother, he was a hero to many.
Besides the fire services, Kelly enjoyed collecting firearms and military memorabilia. He had an interest in these, as he graduated from Frostburg State University with a major in history. Kelly was also a member of the Mountain Lodge #99 A.F & A.M. and the Ali Ghan Shrine club.
Kelly loved his family and especially enjoyed traveling to Williamsburg and Disney World for family vacations. Kelly was a caring, wonderful, and loving man of faith. Remembered for his great sense of humor and always trying to make others laugh, he was a great guy with an ever-present kindness and infectious smile.
Kelly was diagnosed with COVID-19 at the end of August 2021 and later succumbed from complications on September 29, 2021.