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Dick Frymire laid to rest

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IRVINGTON, KY (WAVE) - A Kentucky community said goodbye to one of their own Tuesday. He was someone who touched the lives of many and often appeared on WAVE 3.

His name was Leslie Haynes Frymire. To those who knew him he was simply "Dick." Frymire, who passed away September 6, was a weather enthusiast and best known for his witty humor and winter forecasts. He could not, however, have predicted just how much of an impact he had.

The Breckinridge County community of Irvington has a population of nearly 1,200. But one of those residents has left footprints that stretch far beyond the city's limits.

Frymire made a name or himself at an early age with by joining the Navy and serving in World War II. After the war, he then worked with local youth and worked to improve his community.

"He loved people," said J. L. Frymire, Dick's son. "He loved to share stories, some not true, some were true."

Frymire became so well known in town that he soon found it a challenge to keep up with everyone.

"Dad had a nickname for everybody, J. L. said. "He may forget your name, but not your nickname."

One name he made sure to remember was that of Jay Leno, host of NBC's Tonight Show. During an appearance in 2003, Frymire helped Jay with a simple headache by using a banana peel.

Frymire loved to use his grandfather's medical knowledge to help others with homemade remedies. But it was perhaps his annual winter forecast he was most known for. Published every September in the newspaper, Frymire said he has a secret formula he would use to come up with the forecast.

J. L. said his father told him that before he died he would pass the formula for predicting the weather on to his son. Part of that formula involved his maple tree.

When we visited with Frymire in 1994, in an odd sense of fate the tree started to die just as Frymire became sick.

"A little over three years ago, branches started dying," said J. L. "Then the whole tree died. Then his health went downhill at that point."

Despite that, J. L. said his father's humor lasted until the final moments.

"Dad always found the humor with it all. Took the good with the bad," said J. L.

Dick Frymire was laid to rest September 10, 2013. He was 87. Before his death, Frymire did manage to get his last winter forecast published only days before he died. We just posted it into our weather blog on wave3.com if you want to take a look.

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