Steven Fritz, husband of Commissioner Amanda Fritz, honored
Hundreds of people from all walks of life celebrated the life of Steven Fritz, the husband of Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Sunday afternoon.
Steven, a psychiatrist at the Oregon State Hospital, died in a multi-car accident on his way to work Wednesday.
Amanda and their children attended the celebration, which took place in Terry Schrunk Plaza behind City Hall. She spent much of the time hugging well wishers and accepting their condolences.
Many were dressed in costumes, at Amanda's urging. They included members of the Portland chapter of the quirky Portland Cacophony Society, who played Mondo Croquet with sledge hammers and bowling balls on the grass. Steven was a member.
Amanda recalled a time she heard someone walk by their family home and tell her child the couple were a little weird.
Steve and I thought that was just the best compliment wed ever had. We just loved it, Amanda said.
Those in attendance ranged from city and business leaders to aging hippies and urban hipsters. They included members of the City Council, Occupy Portland protester Cameron Whitten, and Portland Thorns soccer midfielder Mana Shim, who said the Fritz family came many of their home games.
"We are here because of the devotion that Steve showed to his family and Amanda shows to the city," said Mayor Charlie Hales, who was one of several speakers at the ceremony.
Steve was killed instantly by a pickup crossing the median on I-5 in heavy rain conditions. According to the Oregon State Police, several other people were hurt in the multi-vehicle accident, including his passenger and co-worker Cary Fairchild, who was critically injured.
At the time of the accident, Steven was driving his zebra-painted Nissan Sentra, which he often loaned it to Amanda for community parades. She first heard about the crash because passers-by recognized the car and contacted her.
A private family service was held on Saturday at the Salvation Army Tabernacle in Portland.
The family suggests donations to honor Steve in lieu of flowers and cards be made to:
Doctors beyond Borders at donate.doctorswithoutborders.org.
Little Kids Rock at www.littlekidsrock.org.
New Oregon Arts & Letters at www.facebook.com/neworegon. Or, send a check to New Oregon Arts & Letters, PO Box 2863, Portland, OR 97208.
The Salvation Army, Portland Tabernacle Corps or West Womens Shelter at www.salvationarmyportland.org.
KOIN 6 News contributed to this story.