The menswear industry is saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Fricke, 68, on Tuesday morning, May 21, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. The son of the late Sherman and Mary Louise Endris Fricke of New Albany, Ind., Jim was a retired menswear buyer.
He began his career in the 1970’s at Levy Bros., then joined The Fashion Post in 1980. He left in 1990 and worked at Harold’s briefly before joining Rodes where he spent another decade or so. He finished up full time work as a store manager for Jos. A. Bank.
When diagnosed with cancer in 2010, Jim retired and returned to The Fashion Post, working there part time, helping out here and there, covering for vacations… By early 2012 he was unable to work but fought a courageous battle for another 18 months before his death.
“Jim was one of the most talented buyers and dedicated haberdashers I’ve ever encountered,” says Stanley Bayersdorfer, chairman of The Fashion Post in Louisville. “We worked side by side for more than a decade. The only thing he loved more than the men’s industry was traveling to nearly every corner of the globe.”
Says Andy Paulson, formerly of Robert Talbott and now at Scott Barber, who called on Jim from his early days at The Fashion Post until he left Rodes, “Over the 37 years that Jim and I became friends, I learned how much he truly cared about the people around him. The menswear industry was his passion and his life. Jim and his always-great smile will be very much missed.”
Fricke is survived by his dear friend and companion, Christopher F. Howley; a brother, David L. Fricke, Sr.; nieces, JoAnn Gosselin, Jeanette Torres, and Teresa Frye; a nephew, David L. Fricke Jr.; and many great-nieces, great-nephews and friends. Memorial donations in Jim’s memory can be made to the American Cancer Association. A funeral was held Friday last week.