Charles ‘Charlie’ Fritz: A friend to all with a big heart

Charles “Charlie” Fritz

Our beautiful boy and brother, Charles “Charlie” Fritz, passed on 8/3/21 after sustaining injuries as a pedestrian in a vehicular accident. His death is a tragic loss for all who knew and loved him. Charlie was a force of nature, displayed a wicked sense of humor and outward silliness; always seeming to be quite confident in his unique path. Growing up in Edmonds, he graduated from Mountlake Terrace High School in 2019 with a STEM diploma. He embraced “nerd culture” and was accomplished in Overwatch Competitive college league, captaining the Western Washington team in Esports. He was mathematically gifted and was engaged in related studies in college. Whatever he did, whether cross country, working, skate boarding, he engaged with a zest for life and inclusiveness for all. After travelling to Japan with the Kakahashi exchange program, he became interested in anime. Charlie was a friend to all with a big heart full of compassion. He is survived by his parents, Karen and Chuck, and little brother, Jackson.

Please join us in a celebration of his life at Edmonds United Methodist Church (EUMC), 828 Caspers Street, Edmonds, WA 98020.  A visitation and viewing will be held on Wednesday, 8/11 from 3pm to 8pm; with a service at 4pm on Thursday, 8/12. Live-streaming of the service is available on the church’s website:

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  1. I am so very sorry. Young men like Charlie are so special. I lost a friend 3 years ago unexpectedly. We had been best pals since we were in grade school. He was like Charlie sounds. He was the nerd with the sense of humor and incredible brain power. He was a multi faceted person. From music to art. He was until retirement an Astral physicist. He too was silly and fun.
    When I saw this I felt I just wanted to say that even though Charlies life was cut way too short that even that long with someone like Charlie is more than most get from a person in 80 years … So that is the only positive I could think of for you. I grew up as a Methodist as did my nerd that was the most brilliant person I have ever known. I will pray tonight extra hard for Charlie and I hope he finds my Mike and they can just talk about things most don’t understand, and say goofy things and Mike can lead Charlie on…Blessing to you. I am so sorry. Deb.

  2. Our community has lost a wonderful young man, it sounds like. My condolences to the Fritz family.

    Please, please, please drive safely on the road. Remember that your car is a 2000 pound metal machine and one moment of inattention or recklessness can end an innocent life instantly.

  3. Chuck and Karen, I was so sorry to hear about your son, Charlie! Please accept my condolences on his tragic passing at such a young age. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    With sympathy, Penny Lyons

  4. Our hearts go out to all who loved Charlie. His smile lives on and his memory stays with us .
    Love the Puma Family

  5. I remember hearing about Charlie from his mother Karen across the lunch table at work. Karen’s face lights up when she speaks of her children. Charlie brought so much joy and purpose to his family’s life and will be held in our hearts forever. Charlie, you will always be remembered and held dear in our hearts! Sending love and so much light to his family. I am so sorry for your loss and I am holding you in my heart always!

  6. I was heart-broken to hear the news about Charlie. I’m so sorry Karen. My prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Sending our hugs and prayers to you all during this difficult time. Love from the Kaptur family, Diane and John Kitchell and Nila and Hank Kaptur.

  8. I legit wish I knew this young man. So sorry to hear about this. Charlie is definitely in our thoughts and prayers.

    1. The first time I saw you and Charlie together I was amazed at the resemblance! I will never forget his cute little second grade smile and goofy demeanor nor his brilliance in math. I was in Chelan when I heard the news and simply cannot believe this tragedy. I am so thankful I was able to say hi to him at Eric’s birthday celebration a couple of years ago… What a handsome young man! My heart is heavy and constantly thinking of you and your family.

  9. Charlie was incredibly funny and such a joy to be around. Whenever I was in his presence he lit up the room. I always thought very highly of Charlie and all his accomplishments. He was such a smart and witty kid. This news was absolutely heart breaking. I love the Fritz family and am incredibly sorry to hear this news.

  10. I am so sorry for your loss. Charlie was not your typical teen. He actually talked and went out of his way to communicate with you. My heart is broken, not just for all that had the privilege to know him, but for the world! He is the type of kid the world will mourn, for his gifts would have contributed to making all lives better.
    I am sending you and your family all my love and prayers.

    Tabatha and Carter Shoemake

  11. Karen, Chuck and Jackson,

    I am so very sorry to hear the sad news of Charlie’s passing. I am deeply saddened by your loss and have had you in my prayers and thoughts daily. I have such fond memories of Charlie in kindergarten. What a sweet student! Thinking of you during this difficult time. May God be with you and comfort you!

    Tami McKenzie

  12. My heart breaks for your family. Our lives changed forever when our son, Max died age 20, in a different way as Charlie he just went to sleep and didn’t wake up dr think it was a heart abnormality. He was very similar personality as Charlie and he shared many of the same friends so I think they knew each other. Max also graduated STEM but in 2017. If you ever need to talk or take a walk please contact me. Its so tragic and unfair and the road of grief is never ending. Praying for you and your family.

  13. My condolences. I live in the neighborhood and just today I saw the beautiful flower wreath near 169th St and 13th Ave. I read it and felt really sad. On August 3rd he passed away poor baby. My mom passed away in July so I felt the pain of losing your loved one. I prayed he is in peace. God bless his family. ❤️

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