Frederick Eugene Childs, all knew him as Freddie, Fritz, Grandpa, but the love of his life was his great-granddaughter, Cali Rose, she called him “Papa.” A resident of Mount Shasta for over 40 years passed April 30, 2015.
Fred was born October 8, 1948 to Eugene and Esther Childs, Seattle, Washington. He ventured off to San Francisco in the late 1960’s, as an assistant for artist Ruth Asawasa, in creating the Mermaid Fountain at Ghirardelli Square and the Fountain at the Hyatt on Union Square. He joined his brother in the early 1970’s to climb Mt. Shasta; thereafter, beginning his career as a cat skidder for Porteous Logging, retiring with Edgewood Logging in 1998. He took a short break from logging, fishing for salmon in the Bering Sea for two seasons.
He graduated from College of the Siskiyous with an AS degree. Vacationing for many years with close friends and family…Mexico was one of his favorite vacation destinations.
I can not ever recall meeting anyone that could touch the hearts of so many by his presence… bringing joy, laughter and happiness to all he touched at events, waiting rooms or a stranger on the street. While camping out with family and friends, he would go from campsite to campsite, making new friends. At the end of the day, campers would stop in and ask for “Fred”! Grandpa loved life to the fullest and made those he touched feel the same …his wave, conversation, greeting all with a hug and a smile, that was “Grandpa”!
Fred loved the great outdoors, logging, music, animals and his vintage Harley. Always up for a new adventure, he played with the Berryvale Fiddlers and the Densa Marching Band during Mt. Shasta’s 4th of July Celebration for several years. His playful spirit and good humor became characters, as “Uncle Buck”, “Juan Loopy” and more, performing with Siskiyou Senior Players at COS in the past years.
His love of animals, the family fostered a “last chance” dog, “Harry Potter”, from the Siskiyou Humane Society. His best friend for many years was “Moto”, who always rode shotgun with Grandpa on errands or joy rides.
We had 33 years of adventures, fun-loving, laughter, tears and raising three generations of children. The love for his family and friends were the highlights of his life. There are no words that can express my amazing life with my “Groom”, Fred Childs…I will forever love and miss us!
Survived by his wife, Darlene (Abbott) Childs of Weed; son, Harley Childs of Seattle, Washington; daughters, Kristine Michelon and Kolleen Moore, both of Weed; sisters, Deloris McCormick and Elaine Bynam, both of Seattle, Washington; five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, July 25, 2015, 12:30 to 8 p.m. at the Mount Shasta Brewing Co., Weed, CA. For further information, contact Darlene Childs (530) 926-5776 or John Abbott (509) 845-1781.