Thomas (Tom) Fries, 66, passed away peacefully on July 11, 2014, after a long struggle with cancer.
Tom and his parents, Charles and Virginia Fries, moved from Fullerton, Calif., to their second home in Big Bear City in the late 1960s. Once Tom served his tour with the Navy in the South Pacific, he came back to live in Big Bear where he and his wife, Marjorie, met and soon married. In their forty-one years of marriage they worked together as a team with his construction business, were active in this community, and with many of the interests of their daughter, Kristin and later with their grandson, Tyler.
Tom was a giant of a man with a soft spoken way about him and he always possessed a warm smile while wearing his familiar trademark dress, Levis, khaki shirt, boots, his hat and walking with his cane.
Tom enjoyed being a contractor and backhoe operator, and he continued working in these trades at the YMCA Camp Oakes here in Big Bear after retiring. He also drew pleasure from his outdoor activities of target shooting and fishing, spending time in his shop making unique pen and pencil sets, or found engaged in the art of conversation with friends and family. He enjoyed telling jokes, speaking of deep topics, or just greeting you on the street, but now his voice is silenced, and he is greatly missed by many.
An informal memorial will be held at the First Baptist Church in Big Bear Lake, Sat., August 2, at 1 p.m.
The family asks in lieu of flowers please make donations to the Disabled Veterans or the American Cancer Association.