In Memoriam: Henry W. “Hank” Fries and Lawrence A. Savino

Real Estate In-Depth | April 2017

The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors regrets to inform its membership of the recent passing of two longtime Realtors—Henry W. “Hank” Fries and Lawrence A. Savino.

Fries passed away on April 7th at the age of 81. He served as president of the Westchester County Board of Realtors in 1990 and as president of the New York State Association of Realtors in 2010. He earned WCBR’s Realtor of the Year honor in 1991 and was named NYSAR’s 2006 Realtor of the Year.

Fries, was the Broker/Owner of the White Plains-based commercial real estate brokerage firm Henry W. Fries Real Estate and earlier in his career was affiliated with Houlihan Lawrence. He served as chairman of WCBR’s Legislative and Political Affairs Committee for more than a decade from 1998 to 2007. For his longstanding commitment to legislative affairs, Fries was among the first recipients of HGAR’s Albert P. Schatz Legislative Advocacy Award” in 2013. He also taught continuing education for many years. Fries chaired numerous committees and working groups at the state level including Article 12-A, budget and finance, commercial issues, commission protection, legislative policy forum, organizational planning, legislative policy and legislative steering.

At the national level, he served as federal political coordinator for Congresswoman Nita Lowey for 10 years, and was FPC for former Congresswoman Sue Kelly. He served on NAR’s Appraisal Committee and the Realtors Commercial Alliance Committee. In addition, he was selected to serve as the first chair of the National Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service (MLS) Forum in 2005. He served on the Board of Directors from 1990-1994, and also served as a director. He was selected to serve on the Land Use, Property Rights and Environment and Public Policy Coordinating committees in 2010.

He was born in New Rochelle on Sept. 29, 1935 to Viola and Henry Fries. Fries attended Blessed Sacrament High School in New Rochelle where he was active in football and baseball, and later entered Iona College where he majored in business. He enlisted in the United States Navy, and then went to Fordham University School of Pharmacy, where he graduated with honors.

He married Joyce Paulding and raised their family in Armonk, where he began his career as a pharmacist, eventually opening Rexall Pharmacy in Goldens Bridge. He later began his second career in commercial real estate. He was also the former husband of longtime Realtor and WCBR President (1980-1981) and WCBR Realtor of the Year (1994) Savo Fries.

Fries reveled in his family trips to Montauk, deep-sea fishing, and spending time at their vacation home in Florida. He is survived by his beloved companion, Lucellana Monsalve, his sister, Christine Sherbine, and his three children, Lisa, Gregory, and Valerie. He adored his many grandchildren—Catherine, Christopher, Lauren, Lucy, William, Gregory, and Jack.

He touched many lives. His wit and charm will be sorely missed.

Savino, a Mahopac resident since 1971 and formerly of the Bronx, passed away on April 9th at the age of 80. He was born in the Bronx on June 1, 1936, the son of Gregory and Laura Abrusci Savino. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a retired school bus driver and driver trainer for the Mahopac Central School System. He also worked as a butcher and for many years as a Realtor in the local area, including with Billingsley Realty in Mahopac. He enjoyed music and was a drummer in the band “The Galaxy.”

He was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church in Mahopac and a former usher there. He was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus, Fr. John P. Mooney Council in Mahopac and attended the Sr. Drop-in in Mahopac. On July 28, 1956 he married Jeannine Frascogna at St. Clare’s Church in the Bronx and they just recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

In addition to Jeannine, he is survived by his son, Larry and his wife Mary of New Milford, CT; his daughters, Donna Savino of Mahopac, and Jean McCann and her husband Hugh of Putnam Valley; his brother Michael Savino of Brentwood and his grandchildren Hugh, John and Daniel McCann and Courtney Savino. He was predeceased by his brother Carl and his granddaughter Christine.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Larry may be made to St. John’s Food Pantry, 225 East Lake Blvd., Mahopac, NY 10541.