I first met Fred over 25 years ago. And over the years from time to time I would hear a little about him from Kristy and Linda. But I really got to know Fred this year when he came to Nampa for treatment. I started taking him to doctor appointments and got hooked on talking with him about cars that we have owned in our lives. Fred had great memories and love for his cars and it brought back my memories. We could talk makes, models, engine options, and remember the names of aftermarket parts from 50 years ago, like it was yesterday. I looked foward to every minute I could spend with Fred and enjoyed hearing his stories and adventures.
In my mind, and for everyone I heard talk about him, Fred was a very giving person. Fred got geat satisfaction in giving to others to see their joy. He talked about his latest race car that he gave to some people he knew because they wanted a race car and could not afford one. I could hear the enjoyment in his story that he got from knowing that they were having a good time with the car. With all that he had invested in the car I told him he was a better man than me because I didn't know if I could do that.
And Fred was liked by every stranger I saw him meet. The nurses would gush over him wherever we went. Fred had a great sense of humor, when the nurse asked him what his pain level was, he said "its just wonderful, could I get some more".
Fred loved being with Kristy and Jim and his grandchildern in their home in Nampa, and they took loving care of him. But Fred was in terrible pain and suffering in the last months of his life on earth, and his last wish was to go home to Golconda and be in his home with the other people he loved.
Fred got his wish. I miss Fred, but he was my friend and I will not forget him.