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Frederick Faller Nord passed away in Auburn, Washington two years ago on February 3, 2021 surrounded by the love of his three daughters. Born on
March 4, 1932 at Swedish Hospital in Seattle to Swan and Edna Nord, he
was the younger of their two children.
He spent his very early years in Vancouver, Canada, but the family moved
to the Madison Park area of Seattle when he was about 8. In 1944, 1945
and 1946, he carried newspapers for the Seattle Star, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and the Seattle Times. In his teens, he worked for
Seattle veterinarian "Doc" Anderson. An Eagle Scout, Fred graduated from Seattle's Garfield High School in 1950, and then attended the University
of Washington where he graduated with a degree in Forestry. Fred married
Joanne Tangen in 1953 and they had four daughters. In 1955, Fred
graduated from UW, and after graduation he entered the United States Air
Force where he flew airplanes and helicopters. In 1960, Fred went to
work as a pilot for United Airlines (UAL). He moved his family to San
Jose, CA in 1964 where he lived for many years. In 1976, Fred married
Colleen Gaudino, and they eventually moved to Washington. In 1988, he
retired from UAL at the rank of captain. After retirement, Fred put his
energy into building a cabin, which he named The Raven's Nest, on
Nuchatlitz Island, Canada, BC. He traveled often to The Raven's Nest
where he spent many happy hours with family and friends.
Fred loved hiking, camping, fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing,
cycling, and walking, a good hot dog and a game of cribbage. He took his
family on camping trips, backpacked through parts of the Sierra Nevada
mountain range and hiked the Olympic National Park coastline many times.
He fished the rivers of Alaska with his daughters and friends. He biked
the coast from Portland to California with friends. In celebration of
his 70th birthday, he floated down the Colorado River in the Grand
Canyon, and at the age of 78, he canoed Bowron Lake Provincial Park in
He was an industrious person with many diverse talents, and he could
repair just about anything. In addition to building his cabin in Canada,
he learned to weld which led to the formation of a small business named
Nord Industries. During his lifetime, he crafted and made numerous
items. He tied his own flies for fishing, made fireplace bellows, welded together a log splitter, and knit many hats. He was a fantastic cook,
and will be especially remembered for his sourdough pancakes, lemon
meringue pie, strawberry-rhubarb jam, his turkey dinners and turkey
soup. He learned to can from his mother, and often made jam, canned
fruits, tuna and salmon.
Fred was a truly kind and generous man who gave in many ways to many
people. He supported the Boys Scouts of America at Camp Parsons through
work projects and donations. He sewed baby blankets which he donated to
Project Linus. For several years he volunteered to cook meals at St.
Martin De Porres Shelter. He donated blood for many years. He supported
the Auburn SPCA with the donation of surgery towels. He donated a rowing
shell to the University of Washington which he named the Swan E Nord
after his father who rowed on the UW rowing team in 1920. In 1988, he established a University of Washington scholarship in honor of his mother.
Frederick Faller Nord was an extraordinary man who was greatly loved by
his daughters, family and friends. He was an adventurous spirit with a
kind and loving soul who had a thirst for life which he lived on his own
terms. He filled his time wisely full of everything he could do. He
touched many people and he will be remembered in our hearts and prayers forever.
He is survived by his daughters Susan Nord (Ronald Ekas), Mary Montes
(Daniel) and Diane Bauer (Wolfgang); his step-daughter Victoria Harvey
(Joe); seven grandchildren Kyle, Patrick, Tiffany, Catherine (Matt),
Sophia, Jessica (Alex), and Michael; and four great grandchildren
Brienna, Connor, Emi, and Judah; his sister-in-law Patricia Nord, and
his nephews Jeff Nord and Chris Nord. His parents, his daughter
Catherine L Wilkus and brother Stephen Nord preceded him in death.
Memorials can be sent to the Board of Regents, University of Washington,
Edna Faller Nord and Frederick Faller Nord Memorial Scholarship, 139
Gerberding Hall, Seattle, WA 98195.
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Published on February 3, 2023