CLEVELAND - The flag on The Goodtime 3 is now at half-mast for Cpt. Jim Fryan, 75, who passed away Friday at The Cleveland Clinic.
Fryan introduced the GT 3 to Cleveland in 1991 and passed along this philosophy to passengers, "We're not here for a long time, we're here for a good time."
The captain was an entertainer who performed on the GT 3 with his band called "The Capt. and his Crew." He put everything on the line in 1990 to build the GT 3 Cruise Ship. He thought the elegant $3 million ship would be a great hit. Even though the GT 3 was a 1,000 passenger ship, it had many sellouts that first year.
Fryan claimed the best way to see Cleveland was from the decks of his boat, a picture window on the city. Passengers came from all over the United States and all over the world to ride.
The target audience was everybody: children for the school field trips, singles for after work parties, families for the day-time sight seeing tours, business persons entertaining on corporate charters, married couples for the dance cruises.
Fryan's funeral will be Friday at St. Bede Church in Mentor.
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