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Freydoun "Fred" Fassa

Freydoun "Fred" Fassa
Sept. 1, 1926 - June 9, 2011

From the high Alps of Switzerland to a serene mountain valley in the San Bernardino Mountains… go figure. It’s life. And this was a life well lived.

Fred Fassa, a lively part of the history of Big Bear Lake, left us on June 9 , 2011. He was born in Tehran, Iran, educated and married in Switzerland, and migrated to California in 1956, where he later worked as a mechanical engineer for Garret Air Research’s space shuttle program. On weekends, he did what he loved so much; skied the mountains of Snow Summit. He was there from the beginning, and maintained his certified ski instructor credentials long after others might have let theirs lapse. Everyone in Big Bear knew Freddie, or so it seemed; he was a jokester, a character, a force of nature and a generous soul. He’s one of the last old timers – one of the 
original cowboys of Big Bear.

He leaves behind his daughters Fifi and Farideh, their husbands Tim and Dan, and his beloved grandchildren Emilie, Ryan & Jonathan. He is loved and will be missed by his many friends and relatives worldwide.

Freddie will be interred with his wife, Jackie, and his father, Ali Naghi Fassa, in Switzerland.

A celebration of Fred’s life will take place at Snow Summit on Tuesday, July 12, at 3 p.m. Please take ‘East Mountain Xpress’ chair lift to the top, where we will remember Fred from one of his favorite places, ‘View Haus.’

Feel free to email Fred’s granddaughter, Emilie, at should you have any inquiries or thoughts you’d like to share.

“When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth, you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” -Kahlil Gibran

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