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FRITZ, Herbert L.
Herb teed off on the big golf course in the sky on April 7, 2014 after 91 years of living and enjoying life. He leaves behind his life partner, Mary Anne; sons, Dan [Shelley], Bob [Leah], Brad [Debbie] and his daughter, Sally Thompson [Ed]. He and Mary Anne were blessed with 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, with another on the way in September. Herb was born and grew up in Oregon. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 shortly after Pearl Harbor, and served in the Pacific campaign until he was sent to the University of Washington by the Navy to study electrical engineering, graduating magna cum laude. Whilst playing golf, he and Mary Anne met when they jumped into an abandoned pick-up on the UW golf course during a thunderstorm, thus starting their almost 70 year life journey together. After becoming known for his expertise in Northern Construction when he headed up the construction of the first Alaska Pipeline from Tok to Fairbanks, Herb was given an equity opportunity to start-up the Canadian subsidiary of the Tide Bay Construction Company. So in 1955, Herb and Mary Anne moved their young family to Vancouver and have happily spent 60 years as residents and citizens of Canada ever since. While building many of the important infrastructure projects in B.C., Herb eventually purchased the company. He was the President of the Amalgamated Construction Association of B.C. and the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada. After selling Tide Bay, he was one of the original appointees to the Labour Relations Board of B.C. where he served for nearly 20 years. Other than his family, his passions were golf, fishing, golf, flying, golf, and working on the family cottage on Sakinaw Lake - and golf. He was a great and determined competitor, over the years winning many tournaments in B.C., Alberta, Washington and Oregon. He twice represented B.C. on the Senior Willington Cup team He also won the B.C. Seniors golf championship twice. After his last win, at the age of 66, where he closed from behind shooting 29 on the back 9; his best line was "I love beating all those young guys!" He "shot his age" every year from 64 to 86! In addition to his prowess on the course, Herb devoted many years to the game. He was the past President of the Vancouver Golf Club, the British Columbia Golf Association, the Pacific Northwest Golf Association, a Director of the Pacific Coast Golf Association and he was a Governor of the Royal Canadian Golf Association. He has been inducted into both the B.C. Golf Museum and the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (P.N.G.A.) Hall of Fame as a builder of the sport. Our thanks to the wonderful staff of Morgan Place and Drs. Cheyne and Fletcher. There will be a private family gathering to Celebrate his Life and we hope that you would honour his memory by cherishing those close to you. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the charity of your choice.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Apr. 10 to Apr. 12, 2014