Federico "Freddy" Bejar Farin passed away peacefully on November 25 in Seattle, WA at the age of 84.
He was born in San Narciso, Zambales, Philippines on December 21, 1927 and spent his early life in a farming community in San Narciso until joining the US Navy in 1945. His navy career brought him to Pearl Harbor in 1946, and later to Seattle, when he met the love of his life, Anita Villar, in 1947. They were married in 1950 and had two sons who still reside in the area. Several of Freddy's relatives live in San Diego, while many remain in the Philippines.
Freddy and Anita established and operated Anita's Market in the Eastlake neighborhood of Seattle starting in the mid-50's, serving the local community with groceries and fresh-cut meats before eventually leasing the store and, later, developing the property. Over the years they built and acquired several apartments in the area as well.
Throughout his life, Freddy retained strong ties to the Philippines and visited frequently, eventually building a house on the beach near his childhood home. Freddy and Anita enjoyed visiting this house to escape the cold Seattle winters. Freddy was an incredible man with many passions: razor clam digging, salmon fishing, bowling, Mah Jong and poker. He was an avid golfer and spent many days on the links in the Pacific Northwest and in the Philippines with his extensive network of friends. His infectious laugh and entertaining stories will undoubtedly be missed on the local courses.
He is survived by his loving wife Anita; children Federico and Victor, and sister Bernadette Rosette as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, both here and in the Philippines.
Casket viewing on Friday, November 30, at Bonney Watson on Capitol Hill from 5-8 PM. On Saturday, December 1 at 11 AM, a mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Seattle, followed by burial services at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Bellevue. There will be a celebration of Freddy's life immediately after at Old Country Buffet in Factoria. Remembrances in lieu of flowers can be made to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Published in The Seattle Times from Nov. 29 to Nov. 30, 2012