Fred D. Colgrave (2/22/41) passed away on June 5, 2013, in Paradise, California. He is survived by his wife, RosaLee Colgrave; three daughters, Lynn Britton, Mik Casto, and Michelle Ducusin; and his sisters, Gloria Woolever and Carol McInnis. Fred had 6 grand children, 1 great grandson and numerous nieces and nephews.
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Fred was born in St. Louis, Missouri but spent most of his childhood in the south bay area of Los Angeles. He attended North High in Torrance, CA. Shortly after returning from his service in the U.S. Army, Fred entered the apprenticeship program of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators, receiving his union card in 1965. Progressing from a tradesman, to foreman, to partner, Fred co-founded an insulation contracting business, CRB Insulation, Inc., in Phoenix, Arizona in 1972, and continued to be a leading force in the insulation industry for the next 22 years. In 1981 he also formed CRB Supply, Inc. which provided wholesale products to the insulation and heating and air conditioning trades throughout Arizona and the adjoining states.
Fred retired in 1993 to pursue his dream of sailing the ocean. He and RosaLee spent 4 years sailing their motor yacht from Florida through the Windward and Leeward Islands to Trinidad, Venezuela and the ABC's. He often referred to these years as the most memorable time of his life. In 1997 after returning to land, the quest for a new adventure lead the couple to Paradise, California where they ventured into the challenge of developing "raw land" and building a home. Not to allow rocks to grow under his feet, Fred decided to apply his business acumen to the retail business. He and RosaLee purchased Skyway Feed and Pet Supply in 2001 which has grown to a successful business and become great addition to the redevelopment efforts of Downtown Paradise.
When Fred and RosaLee lost their home in the Humbolt fire of 2008, Fred took the opportunity to return to his love of the sea and again purchased a motor yacht which is kept in San Carlos, Mexico, but maintained a small bungalow on the land he developed in Paradise.
To try to describe Fred is to attempt to explain someone larger than life. Fred worked with dauntless persistence to the completion of each project he began. He had an incredible sense of human understanding, motivational skills, a will to make every person he encountered smile - if just for one moment. He had a way of making you feel like you were the most important person in the room. His mentoring skills were continuously sought by business associates, family and friends. He had an exceptional talent of teaching by example.
He was a most loving husband, supportive father and exemplary friend who was stolen from us too early by the very industry in which he served. He died of peritoneal mesothelioma cancer.
He will be forever loved, forever missed.
To honor Fred, there will be a "party" (his words, his request) to celebrate his life on June 29, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Chapelle de l'Artiste, 3300 Inspiration Lane, Paradise, CA. All are invited to attend. There will be a no-host bar with proceeds to be donated to the Feather River Hospital's Hospice House. Fred wanted the community to know how blessed we are to have such a loving, caring organization in Paradise.
Published in Paradise Post from June 15 to July 14, 2013