Renaissance Man Fred Mesman remembered at memorial service


January 18, 2023

Courtesy of Fred Mesman

PHOTOGRAPHS DON'T LIE – Fred Mesman's mother Tiena snapped this photo of Fred (right) and Al Thulen with a 54-pound salmon caught near Hope Island.

More than once during a lifetime that spanned nearly a century the late Fred Mesman was referred to as a Renaissance Man – a person with wide interests and expertise in numerous areas.

So it was only fitting that Mesman, who died in December at age 98, would be remembered as such during graveside services Saturday afternoon at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery attended by a wide cross-section of the La Conner community.

Gathering on a picture-perfect sunlit day – one in which Mesman, an outdoors enthusiast, would have taken great delight – were family and friends, farmers and townies, newcome...

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