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Died at his home in Pasadena April 29, 2012. He was 99.
Fred was born in the North Beach
neighborhood of San Francisco in an apartment upstairs from Figoni's Hardware to Fulvio and Domenica Giari on February 5, 1913. A few years later his family moved to Fairfax, then to San Rafael. He met his wife of 55 years, Maygene, while attending Stanford University in 1939. Fred and Maygene made their home in Los Angeles, moving to Pasadena in 1957.
Fred had many interests and careers. He worked as a bicycle mechanic, grocery store clerk, draftsman, NBC page, and merchant seaman. After college, he worked as a salesman for Bohemian Distributing in Los Angeles and New York. In 1947, he changed careers again, working as a personnel manager at the Southern California Gas Company. In 1959 he moved on to Tidewater Oil company, and finished his professional working life as a manager of supervisory training and development at Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where he retired in 1978.
Upon retirement Fred and Maygene returned to their home in Pasadena. At age 74, Fred obtained his contractor's license, and spent his retirement fixing up his home, his children's homes, and various rental property. He did volunteer work at the Convalescent Aid Society in Pasadena, where he helped rebuild the office and warehouse. He enjoyed having "fix-it" projects, and maintained lasting friendships with hardware store owners and members of the building trades.
Fred leaves a large circle of friends, co-workers, and family. He will be remembered as a loyal friend, a mentor and confidant, and a cheerleader and supporter for his loved ones. His wife Maygene predeceased him in 2003. He is survived by his daughter Helen Campbell [husband John] of Oakland, his son Rick [wife Sue] of Alamo, his brothers John Giari and Joe Giari of Novato, 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, his dear friend Katherine [Tash] Livingston, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. A memorial was held on May 12 in Pasadena, and a family celebration of life will be held in Novato on June 9 at his brother's home.
The family wishes to gratefully acknowledge the wonderful care and kindness of Yesika Benitez, Fred's caregiver. Her compassion and consideration enabled Fred to live at the home he loved with independence, safety, and dignity.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Civil Liberties Union or to the Convalescent Aid Society in Pasadena.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on May 27, 2012