CLEVELAND -- The flag on The Goodtime III is now at half-staff for Capt. Jim Fryan, 75, who passed away Friday at The Cleveland Clinic.
Funeral services will be held Dec. 21 at St. Bede Church in Mentor.
Jim introduced the Goodtime III to Cleveland in 1991. His philosophy that he passed along to passengers was "We're not here for a long time,we're here for a good time."
Fryan was an entertainer who performed on the Goodtime III with his band called The Captain and his Crew. He put everything on the line in 1990 to build the Goodtime III cruise ship.
He thought the elegant $3 million ship would be a great hit.
Even though the Goodtime III was a 1,000-passenger ship, it had many sellouts that first year.
Fryan claimed that the best way to see Cleveland was from the decks of his ship, that it was a picture window on the city.
Passengers came from all over the United States and all over the world. 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, even married couples for the dance cruises.