Memorial for Fred Ransom Still Pending; Family Posts Website to Honor Big Bear’s Iconic Character

Fred Ransom (in a family photo) on his motorcycle

Fred Ransom (in a family photo) on his motorcycle

It was on Labor Day, likely en route to the Teddy Bear Café for his breakfast, that 78-year-old Fred Ransom passed away due to a collision on his Suzuki motorcycle, a birthday gift he’d received in 2008. Big Bear has since been abuzz with stories of the legendary longtime local—Ransom had been a fixture in the Valley for so long, in fact, that Historical Museum Curator Kim Sweet told KBHR, “Fred has been the longest Big Bear pioneer—even Tom Core and Mac McAlister came after Fred. He absolutely adored Big Bear.” KBHR has received many calls, inquiring as to specifics for a memorial to honor Ransom. At this time, a date has not yet been set, however, son Ray has posted a memorial website and says that plans are coming together. In the meantime, Ray writes, “Thanks to all for your kind words, thoughts and condolences.” For more on Fred Ransom, see our September 9 story.

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It was on Labor Day, likely en route to the Teddy Bear Café for his breakfast, that 78-year-old Fred Ransom passed away due to a collision on his Suzuki motorcycle, a birthday gift he’d received in 2008. Big Bear has since been abuzz with stories of the legendary longtime local—Ransom had been a fixture in the Valley for so long, in fact, that Historical Museum Curator Kim Sweet told KBHR, “Fred has been the longest Big Bear pioneer—even Tom Core and Mac McAlister came after Fred. He absolutely adored Big Bear.” KBHR has received many calls, inquiring as to specifics for a memorial to honor Ransom. At this time, a date has not yet been set, however, son Ray has posted a memorial website and says that plans are coming together. In the meantime, Ray writes, “Thanks to all for your kind words, thoughts and condolences.” For more on Fred Ransom, see our September 9 story.

Related posts:

  1. Memorial Service for Fred Ransom on Sunday at Snow Summit
  2. With the Passing of Fred Ransom, Valley Loses a Local Legend Described as “The Longest Big Bear Pioneer”
  3. Much-Missed Valley Residents Fred Ransom and Mike Kompaniez to Be Remembered in Two Separate Celebrations at Snow Summit
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