Fritz Minder

August 28, 1929 ~ December 16, 2020 (age 91)


On Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, Fritz Minder, loving husband and father of two children, passed away while he held the hands of his two children at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek at the age of 91. Fritz was born on Aug. 28, 1929 in Bremen, Germany. He had many adventures at a young age and helped his family to live through the hardships of World War 2. He decided to come to America and began his career as a seaman. He settled in a place in Concord, CA where he met his beloved wife, Ilia. They started their life together in a small condo in Concord but then bought a house on the same street as Ilia's parents in the 1970's and that is where they remained. Fritz had a great love for the sea! This was evident in his long career on the sea! He was first a mariner on cargo ships. This was tough for his family because sometimes he would be gone for months at a time. He decided to find something closer to home and this brought him to his career as Chief Operator of the pilot boat California working with the San Francisco Bar Pilots. This job would have him working a schedule where he worked for four days and was home for four days which helped him to spend more time with his family. It was a dangerous job but he loved it! He spent 22 years with the San Francisco Bar Pilots and retired at the age of 75. He probably would never have retired but at 75 he developed prostate cancer and had no choice but to retire. He beat that cancer though! His love of the sea continued after retirement with his many trips on cruises with his beloved wife Ilia. Fritz also loved to travel on land and spent many vacations with Ilia in their 5th wheel trailer. He was known for his quick wit, his piercing blue eyes, his infectious smile, his coveralls, and his love of smoking tobacco with the various pipes he had acquired on his adventures over the years. He is survived by his wife Ilia, his two children Fritz Jr. and Gina, and his grandson Aiden. His memorial will be in the future when travel is possible again. His family will be taking him on one last cruise to return him to the sea that he loved so much. His children will post the information for this when they have it and all family and friends of Fritz are welcome to attend.

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