Freddy Earl Thrower
Freddy Earl Thrower, Sr. passed away at home, surrounded by his family on Sunday, March 14, 2010. He was 79 years old.
While Freddy was attending his first year of college he was offered the opportunity to play professional baseball. He played for several years in the minor league for the Detroit organization. Baseball was one of his passions and after his career was ended by a knee injury, he continued to be a fan throughout his lifetime. Go Dodgers! Freddy moved to Fillmore in his early twenties.
While in Fillmore he joined the Masonic Lodge 379 in 1953, became a Worshipful Master in 1962, and always maintained his membership with that organization. Also while living in Fillmore, he continued his passion for baseball and coached little league for several years. It was at the little league field that he met his soul mate, Mollie Kirby. There was an instant connection and they were married in 1970 in one of their favorite places to play, Las Vegas. They remained devoted to each other throughout the rest of their lives.
Combining families, they moved to Ventura in 1970 where they resided for the last 39 years (Mollie passed away in 2007). Throughout his professional career Freddy was an engineer with Texaco Oil until he retired after 38 years of service. Golf and Black Jack were another two of his passions and being retired allowed him to spend a lot of time pursuing both. He and Mollie were regulars at the Black Jack tables in Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City. He got together regularly with his brothers-in-law and hit all the local golf courses in the Ventura/Santa Barbara area.
Above all, Freddy knew how to have fun and enjoy life. He was a talker and never knew a stranger. He had a natural charisma and a great smile with piercing blue eyes that lit up with his kind spirit. In the words of his next door neighbor, "He was a really nice man." He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him.
He is survived by his children: Stephanie Colbert, Gregory Thrower (wife Michelle), Steve Kirby (wife Dona), Richard Kirby (wife Vicki), Lynette Sanford, Carolyn Kirby, Claudia Onorato, Michael Kirby (wife Christine); grandchildren: Kevin Taylor, Jennifer Colbert, Eric Kirby, Nikole McBain, Sean Kirby, Steven Kirby, Nathan Kirby, Troy Kirby, Byron Sanford, Chaz Onorato, Chad Stevens, Joshua Stevens; four great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Freddy Thrower, Jr., his parents, and his brother and sisters.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 19 at the Santa Barbara Cemetery where he will be laid to rest next to his beloved Mollie. Dad, you are our shining star!