Arthur R Friss

January 14, 1943 ~ March 18, 2022 (age 79)


Arthur Robert “Bob” Friss , of Libby, passed away suddenly March 18, 2022 at the age of 79. Bob was born on January 14, 1943 in Springfield, MA. He was the son of Arthur G. and Angelina Friss and was a graduate from Agawam High School. In 1961 he was honorably discharged from the US Army and also served as an Army reservist. He married the love of his life, Sandy (Linton) Friss on November 4, 1961. They had two children whom they loved with all their hearts, David and Karen.

He entered into an apprenticeship at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft as a sheet metal mechanic in the mid 1960’s. Throughout his 50 year career, he was recognized and highly respected amongst his peers for his innovative manufacturing expertise in the turbine engine and aerospace fields. In 1988 he became partners with his son Dave and eventually became the sole owner of Progressive Tool Corp., an industry leader in specializing turbine engine components.

Bob was a highly accomplished woodworker. He enjoyed spending time in his workshop making fine furniture for his home and family that will be cherished pieces for many years.

Not only did he love building things, he enjoyed keeping everything meticulously maintained. He enjoyed being outdoors, barbecuing, camping, snowmobiling and riding his quad with family and friends were amongst his favorite pastimes.

Bob was a loving husband, wonderful father, adoring grandfather, loyal friend and a kind human being.

He is survived by his wife Sandy, his son Dave (Wendy) of Libby, daughter Karen Parker (John) of Southwick, MA. He will be missed dearly by his grandchildren Megan Thompson (Bryan), Nate Friss (Kayla) of Libby; Josh Parker (Jessica) of Southwick, MA, Garett Parker (Alyssa) of Westfield MA, and Maggie Castanera (Chris) of Westfield MA. His great-grandchildren Wyatt, Ethan, David, Logan and Liam were his whole world and he loved them with his whole heart.

Aside from his children, he is survived by his brother Richard Friss of Libby and many nieces and nephews.

He will forever be greatly missed!

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