Frederick James Boliba Oct. 30, 1946 - June 12, 2012 Resident of Niles, CA Born in Hayward, CA to Spanish immigrants Joseph and Annie Boliba, Fred Boliba was proud to be a lifelong resident of Niles. After graduating from Logan High School in 1964 he entered the U.S. Army, deployed to Vietnam as part of the 2nd Battalion 34th Armor division. He was a recipient of the Bronze Service Star and Good Conduct Medals. While home on leave he met the love of his life Claudia (Remer) and they were married a few years later. They lived in his family home where he was raised on Third St. in Niles. His first employment was at his father's liquor store Boliba's Liquors on the corner of Niles Blvd. and J St. His lifelong passion for fishing began early as a boy with his Uncle Ray who introduced him to fishing the Niles Creek and he was hooked ever since. His love of fishing spawned a career that would include a position as the first fishing report columnist for the Argus newspaper and public television personality dubbed the "Western Angler". He enjoyed sharing his fishing expertise with the community, giving personal appearances at local elementary school science classrooms and volunteering for The Little People's Fishing Program and Handicapped Fishing Derby, as well as teaching fly-fishing classes and performing cooking demonstrations at sports/ RV fairs where he highlighted his signature "Butterfly Filleting" technique. Family was everything to him and he shaped his life around spending time with them. He took great pride in his three children Becky, Brittney and Brian and was their biggest fan. He liked to participate in their pursuits however he could, whether it was coaching or just voicing his support from the sidelines. He was always there, all the while, fighting a sixteen year battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He continued to do what he loved throughout, supporting his family and extended family. Baseball was another activity dear to his heart so working for the Oakland A's for the last ten years was more of a hobby than a job for him. In his words, he did exactly what he wanted to do, he was "living a dream". He is survived by his wife of forty-two years, Claudia, his daughters, Becky (John Pomba), Brittney and son Brian and many loving nieces and nephews. The family would like you to join them in a celebration of his life, Saturday June 23, 2012 at the Niles Town Plaza Amphitheater 37592 Niles Blvd. Fremont @ 5p.m. Lawn Seating. Info (510) 791-9025. Donations can be made to the Bone Marrow Transplant Center @ Stanford Hospital.
Published in Inside Bay Area on June 22, 2012