|Birth: ||Mar. 21, 1920|
|Death: ||May 15, 1985|
Father to Eric Patrick Clapton born on 30 March 1945.
After a brief encounter between 16-year-old Patricia Clapton and a 24-year-old Canadian soldier stationed in England during Second World War, Eric Clapton was born and then raised by his grandparents in Ripley, a village outside London.
Edward returned to Canada after the war and never knew of his famous son in his lifetime. Music was very much a part of his whole adult life, playing piano and singing in pubs at the time he met Eric's mother in England. It was said he had a sound like Nat King Cole.
He was married to Yvonne Colson from 1965 to 1971 and had a daughter, Eva Jane. Because of his long lifestyle of drifting and not being with one woman this marriage ended. Before this he was thought to have married more than once.
Edward Fryer had at least two other children, Edward Jr. and Sandra Fryer, from previous marriages. It is believed that these two siblings of Clapton live somewhere in Canada.
After buying a sailboat named Jupiter IV he met Sylvia "Goldie" Nickason and they remained together until his death. The following is some quotes that Nickason had to say about Ed as she called him,
"I remember my first time on the boat, all we had to eat was a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter. But we had a nice sunset to watch that night and Ted took me in his arms and said, 'I wonder what the poor people are doing right now."
His happy-go-lucky ways endeared him to many people, she says. He continued to earn money singing at piano bars and the occasional bit of sign-painting.
"We had Ted cremated, and I danced with his ashes on the boat. Then we scattered his ashes in the water."
"You tell this Eric Clapton that his father was a good man," says Nickason, who has never heard of the bluesman. "You tell him that."
Eva Jane, half sister to Eric Clapton has defended her dad. "He just lived for the moment," she said. "He wasn't really aware that he was hurting anyone."
Edward Fryer died of leukemia in a North York, Ontario, Canada veterans hospital.
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: probably Lake Ontario
Created by: RF
Record added: Jan 28, 2012
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