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Fred Whiteside Fleming
01/14/1957 — 11/06/2020
From Richland, WA | Born in Richland, WA
Fred Whiteside Fleming
Fred Whiteside Fleming, 63, passed away Friday, November 6, 2020 at home under hospice care, from the effects of cancer. He was a 7 year cancer survivor and part of the Tri-Cities Laryngectomee Support Group.
A lifelong resident of Richland, WA, Fred was born at Kadlec Hospital during a blizzard on January 14,1957 to the late Emmit and Bernice Fleming.
Fred graduated from Richland High School, and then from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
Fred was employed at the Hanford Site after graduating from college. Following a voluntary RIF at Hanford, he continued with a love for photography, which he had developed at an early age; and worked at a camera shop while also continuing with freelance work.
Fred put his faith in Christ at a young age, and enjoyed all of God’s creation. He was an avid nature and animal lover. There was always a cat who chose Fred as a companion, which delighted him throughout his lifetime.
He is survived by his sister, Frances Henniger; 3 nieces (Jamie, Becky, and Sarah); 1 nephew (David); numerous cousins; and some wonderful, loyal friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Jim Fleming.
Memorials may be made to the Tri-Cities Cancer Center or Chaplaincy Hospice.
Even though we grew up a couple of blocks away from each other, I didn’t get to know Fred until our 20s. But then a friendship grew that lasted over 40 years. Many miles were traveled together by snow ski, jet ski, dirt bike, and with backpacks on our backs. Fred was always there for me (and I for him) through the trials and tribulations of life.
Physically the last few years were really tough on Fred, but he never lost that quick wit, spirit of adventure, and interest in the world. He even looked on being trapped in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber as just another adventure to learn about and try to make the best of. He fought for every minute on this earth, but I know that he is in a better place now. RIP my friend.
All my condolences to Fran and family. What a year it has been.
RIP, Fred. We have happy memories! Warmth and comfort, Frances and family. JoBreneman & Mark Colling
I met Fred almost 40 years ago when a bunch of us went on a camping trip to Naches. That’s also where I met my husband Don, who was a very good friend with Fred. We had many fun times together through the years. I will miss him so very much. He was like a brother to me. He will be missed by many.
I know he is now with the Lord and not suffering anymore. Love and miss you my friend, I know we will meet again my friend. Love you…Janice
Remembering the many fun and good times we enjoyed together with you and our friends. You will be missed. Thinking of you will always make us smile. Those are the best memories.,
I had the opportunity to participate in Fred’s care and saw him daily for a span of 2-3 months. He always arrived with a smile on his face and an ‘a-okay’ sign on his hand. His kindness and patience will be missed by many and his memory lives on through his loved ones. God bless
You are missed , our friend. Will remember you again at the lake when we can all be together.. Thanks for your friendship.
God love ya Fred. We had some good times. You will be missed.
Rest in peace, Fred.
I met Fred at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center 7 years ago and helped him learn how to use his “new voice” with his electro larynx (EL). He was always positive and came to support group meetings often.
He will be missed. Thanks for sharing facts about his life that I was unaware of. The S.E. Washington Laryngectomee club will make a donation to the Tri-Cities Cancer Center in Fred’s memory. Our sincere condolences to the family.