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Obituary for Oliver T Frid

Artist and educator Oliver Tage Frid of Nottingham passed away due to advancing illness on Thursday, February 1st, 2024, unexpectedly at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, NH. He was 47 years old. Oliver was born in Providence, RI, on September 8th, 1976, the eldest child of Peter and Katherine. He spent his childhood in a home built by his parents in Foster, RI, with a pony named Princess and an assortment of farm animals.

When Oliver was in elementary school, they moved to Long Island, where his brother, Nicholas, was born, and then to Juneau, AK. In Juneau, they lived 5 minutes from the face of the 13-mile-long Mendenhall Glacier. Later, Oliver and his family moved to Corpus Christi, TX, on the Gulf Coast, where his brother Erik was born.

Oliver graduated from Richard King High School in 1995. He received degrees in painting and education at the University of North Texas, followed by teaching in Southlake, TX. The grandchild of Tage Frid, a Danish immigrant known for starting the woodworking program at the Rhode Island School of Design, Oliver also dedicated his life to teaching fine arts as a high school teacher.

A lover of history, science fiction, and fantasy, Oliver would spend his weekends at renaissance fairs, where he met his wife. They married in Madbury, NH in 2010 and welcomed their daughter in Austin, TX, in 2011. While living in Austin, he taught in Del Valle, TX. In 2012, they moved cross-country to Nottingham, N.H., where Oliver continued his teaching career.

Art teachers in high school and college changed Oliver’s life, and he leaves behind a legacy of his own students. He remained committed to his students at Pinkerton Academy in Derry up to his final days. Oliver often reminisced through humor, telling jokes, practicing vocal impressions, and sharing memorable stories.
He is predeceased by his grandparents, Gordon and Glorine Oxx, and Tage and Emma Frid; his brother, Nicholas; his Aunt Sally, and Uncle Gordon. He is survived by his wife, Cherie; daughter, Annalisa; parents, Peter and Katherine; brother, Erik; sister-in-law, Makenzie; niece, Emmeline; and Aunt Ann.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Oliver will be interred in Madbury, NH, in a private ceremony.