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A longtime resident of Willow Glen, Fred Arthur Lico ’49 was known for his dapper dress and generosity and for his devotion to his family. Fred was born in San Jose to Italian immigrants Pasquale and Mary (Filice) Lico. In 1942, he graduated from San Jose High School and enrolled at SCU. In 1943, Fred joined the Navy and reported for duty at Gonzaga University, where he enrolled in the V-12 deck officer training program. He was discharged honorably from the Navy in 1946 and returned to Santa Clara, where he earned a B.S. in business administration in 1949. In 1953, Fred met and married Laura Leseman. The two enjoyed many wonderful years and even more rounds of golf together before Laura passed away in 1994. Together they shared the importance of family and a love of good food and golf with their children and grandchildren. Fred enjoyed a successful 40-year career in the food and beverage industry, culminating as executive director of the San Martin Winery in San Martin. After the sale of the winery, Fred became president of The Novitiate Winery in Los Gatos and started his own food and wine brokerage. Fred was a talented pianist and songwriter. Upon his return to Santa Clara University after WWII, Fred wrote a choral piece about the experience that left a lasting impression on his classmates. Sixty years later, “There Santa Clara, There With You” was performed by the Santa Clara University Concert Choir in a program entitled “War and Remembrance.” In the garden, Fred was known for his prized tomatoes and his tomato sauce, both of which he generously shared year after year. He was an avid golfer (with two lifetime hole-in-ones), a longtime member of Almaden Golf and Country Club and The Monterey Peninsula Country Club, and a lifelong parishioner at St. Christopher’s Church as well as a member of The Italian Civic Club of San Jose and Amici D Oro Club. Fred passed away on Oct. 13, 2017, at the age of 93. He is survived by his two sons and their spouses, Jim (Margy Ruether) and Steve (April Burrows); the five grandchildren he was immensely proud of—Max Lico ’17, Nick, Riley, Tucker and Ben; and his brother, Frank. Fred was a special man, from a generation of great men.