Former Long-time Frager’s Co-owner Ed Copenhaver Dies
by Larry Janezich
Ed Copenhaver, who along with business partner John Weintraub bought Frager’s Hardware in 1975, died early yesterday morning at NOVA hospital in Fairfax, Virginia, after a long illness. He was 73.
Copenhaver was a familiar face in Frager’s until his retirement in 2012. Frager’s employees remember him as a “pure gentleman.” A Capitol Hill resident who knew Copenhaver told CHC, “John Weintraub has always been seen as the guiding force of Frager’s, and he certainly is the business side of it, but Ed was its heart and soul. In addition to being the floor manager customers saw and loved, he employed Hill kids who were otherwise troubled or flailing (typical teen stuff) and they loved working for him. He was an amazingly unpretentious guy.”
Asked for comment, Weintraub recalled, “We met in college at University of Virginia in 1961, re-connected in the early seventies in Washington, DC, and were co-owners of Frager’s since 1975. No plans have been made yet for a service. He was great to work with and a giving person. Customers and staff loved him.”
There will be no formal funeral, but a memorial service will be held in a couple of weeks, according to sources. Details will be forthcoming.
For the 2012 Hill Rag’s story on Copenhaver’s 2012 retirement and photos, go here: http://www.capitalcommunitynews.com/PDF/64-65_RAG_0312.pdf