Oliver Frascona’s friends remember him



  • Real estate Oliver Frascona died in a plane crash on Sunday.
  • On Sunday and Monday friends remembered Mr. Fraccona on Facebook.
  • Below are a few of the comments regarding Mr. Frascona and a passenger, Tori Rains-Wedan

In their own words, following is a sample of tributes posted by friends of Oliver Frascona and Tori Rains-Wedan.

Oliver E. Frascona

Oliver E. Frascona

Chris Mygatt

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Oliver Frascona was lost in a plane accident earlier today at the Erie Airport.

To say that this is a tragic loss and horrible waste is an understatement. Oliver has been a remarkable “friend” of Coldwell Banker and a personal resource for so many of us. He was never too busy (and he was one BUSY guy) to answer a question or offer his advice. He had a unique way of letting everyone he touched feel like they mattered. Although he was never shy about “calling someone” out in the audience if they weren’t “on the right track,” he did it because he cared. He cared about our industry, our competence and our ability to earn a living. He wanted us to do it the right way! After all these years, he was the only one who could keep my attention for an entire CE Mandatory Class.

Like many of you, Oliver and I went back a number of years and I have many fond memories. I first met Oliver when he became our “contract trainer” at Fowler Real Estate in Boulder back in the mid 1980’s. We’ve had a long and respectful relationship ever since. I’m grateful for Oliver’s assistance and friendship over the years. He was one of a kind!

I’d like to share a recent story. Outside of real estate, Oliver and I shared a love for airplanes and flying. For the past 5 years he’d been thinking about buying the “plane of his dreams”… a Piper Malibu Mirage. After a busy spring of inspecting a number of suitable planes, he bought the plane he’d always wanted N228LL; she was a beauty and Oliver was very proud. About two months ago, I had the opportunity to meet Oliver at his house (were he kept his plane). We spent the better part of the day flying his “new” plane around northeastern Colorado. He was like a little kid on Christmas morning.

As tragic as today is, I do know that he died doing something that he deeply loved. Still, I’m heartbroken for the personal loss as well as the loss to my friends, co-workers and an appreciative industry.

Please join me as I give a silent “thank you” to a true friend and admired colleague. Miss you already “O”.

Mauri Duffey Tamborra

This absolutely rocked my world, losing the best teacher I have ever had (besides my own mother) yesterday in a plane crash. There are no words to describe the impact Oliver had on my thinking and my love for real estate, negotiating, contracts and being the best Realtor (and I mean ‘Realtor’, not real estate agent!) I can possibly be. Iconic, legendary, larger than life, GENIUS…there are so many ways to describe Oliver Franscona. I was so blessed to be able to sponge up all he had to say for 10 years. And now, I honestly don’t know how any of us will ever sit through another CE class again!

My heart is broken for his family. He talked about them in every class…always found a way to tell a story about his children that he adored. And then he began to talk about his passion for flying. I know without a doubt that he loved what he was doing when he died. This is just a tremendous loss that I can’t quite yet accept. I know that all of my real estate industry colleagues feel the same way. Things will never be the same. The world has lost a truly incredible mentor, teacher and fierce attorney. So devastated.

John Stegner

Sad day….Oliver Frascona, was the one man who could make me look forward to a real estate class. He had an amazing sense of humor, a giant intellect and a contagious love of life. I walked away grateful whenever I had an opportunity to spend some time with him. Every Realtor in the state is in his debt as he fought many battles for us all. Oliver you will be dearly missed.

Gary Michael Marchese

I am sitting here with tears and sadness, I have known Oliver since the 70’s he was such a treasure to all of us. The loss is indescribable for me to put into words.

Scott Nordby

I am so saddened by the news of losing a friend and mentor Oliver Frascona and also losing Tori Wedan and her three boys in a plane crash in Erie today. Our industry lost two wonderful people today. Please pray for their families!!!

Laura Levy

Woke up hoping this plane crash was a bad dream. I first met Oliver Frascona 20 years ago. He was more known in the Boulder real estate industry back then but he became an icon in Colorado real estate law and education. He had such an entertaining way about him… so funny and so wise. I’m just hearing that there were children on Oliver’s plane….a woman and 3 sons. This is just a horrible tragedy.  Oliver was one of a kind… there will never be anyone else like him.

Jesse Hamilton

Absolutely heartbroken from today’s tragedy where Oliver Frascona, Tori Wedan and her 3 boys passed away. Oliver, you were an unbelievable man, educator, mentor and forever my friend. Tori, your kindness, friendship and a smile that brightened the day will be so very missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your families and loved ones. So unbelievably sad and heartbroken.

Megan Aller

What a tragic loss for the real estate community. Oliver Frascona, Tori Rains-Wedan and her sons will all be missed.

Tori and her boys.

Tori and her boys.

Carolyn Chapman, on Tori Rains-Wedan

Bill & I are heartbroken for the families. We were to have dinner in Santa Fe tomorrow night. Heaven has more angels today. We have new guardian angels to watch over us. Until we meet in heaven, rest in peace. Your smiles, love, & friendship cannot be replaced. All our love xoxo

Missy J. Keith

Today my heart hurts. So many lives you have touched by the true kind person you were. Tori, it is rare when youi look at person see right in to their soul and see their inner beauty. Any one who ever met you knows this. The afterlife has gaind a beautiful family. R.I.P friend.

Nemonie Colville

Tori….. My heart breaks into a million pieces to learn that you and your boys have left our company on this earth. Tori your heart shone with utmost love and integrity, you lived with strength and determination, you showed courage and compassion, you laughed to bring lightness, your beauty was remarkable through your entire being. I will remember you always, the inspiration you gave me and the beauty that is you. My heart sends love and prayers to surround your family and Bjorn during this time of tragic loss. Rest in Peace dear Tori.

A memorial service for Tori will be at 1 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Presbyterian Community Church at the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Ave., Estes Park.


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John Rebchook has more than 30 years of experience in writing and communications. As the Real Estate Editor for the Rocky Mountain News, he wrote about residential and commercial real estate for 26 years. He has won numerous awards for business stories and columns that he wrote, both as an individual and part of teams. In addition to real estate, he also covered economic development, banking and financing, the airlines, and cable TV for the Rocky. In addition, he was one of the original freelance writers for GlobeSt.com, covering commercial real estate for the Internet publication.

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