CHRISTOPHER DANIEL FICCO
August 23, 1952 ~ February 16, 2018
Response on social media to word of Chris Ficco's passing at age 65, Friday, February 16, 2018 in Palm Springs, California of complications related to the flu was immediate and passionate: "â€¦I am heartbroken. Chris did so much for our communityâ€¦He was a fixture in our town and a good guyâ€¦He made amazing things happen. Visionary...He was such a kind and gentle manâ€¦.Chris was a gem."
Christopher Daniel Ficco was born August 23, 1952 in Denver, Colorado to Pete and Barbara Ficco. He graduated from Wilson High School in Tacoma and attended Clark College in Vancouver, WA.
At age 17, Chris went to work at Melvin's Men's Store in downtown Vancouver where he developed a loyal and devoted clientele who appreciated his integrity and strong sense of style. He later owned the store, eventually going to work for Nordstrom's where he consistently won over clients and exceeded sales goals.
Chris made a profound impact on his community in the early 1990's as board president of Southwest Washington Independent Forward Thrust or "SWIFT" where he, his fellow board members and a team of volunteers raised over $1,000,000.00 for Vancouver area charities. Friends and family have vivid memories of Chris when he went into "procurement mode" for the auction and would spend hours tracking down tantalizing donations that always commanded top dollar bids.
When his dad, Pete died in 1977, Chris took on a bigger role in his family especially as a mentor and guide to his brothers Doug and Randy who both remember Chris as an artistic, creative man devoted to family, friends and customers.
Chris was a spectacular cook and host who thrived when planning and preparing a big meal over a series of days, then joyfully serving it. Holidays will be hard to experience without him.
Chris is survived by his loving husband, Richard J. "Rick" Miller of Palm Springs, CA; son, Nicholas Ficco; step- children, Justin Miller and Stephanie Hockman; brothers, Doug (Sharon) and Randy (Jennifer), both of Vancouver; and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Family will gather later this Spring to celebrate Chris' life and the many people and causes that were so important to him.
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits