Remebering a Friend: Tom Fritz

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Michelle Hege
President & CEO

Jul 15, 2015 | Culture, News

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SPOKANE LOST A GIANT THIS WEEK. We had the privilege of working with Tom Fritz over the years on several key community issues, and we will miss our partnership and friendship with him dearly. We wanted to honor his memory by sharing some of the lessons we learned from Tom.

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1. Dream big.

If you can dream it, it can be done. Tom had an incredible vision for INHS. A vision much larger than what anyone thought the Spokane-based organization could become. He took a joint venture of humble beginnings and built a nationally-recognized health care IT powerhouse.

1. Give back.

One person can make a significant difference. For as full as Tom’s plate was, he was never too busy to lead a community initiative. He served on many boards, did the heavy lifting, gave his time and talents to make our community stronger, better. He was a force in Spokane, often quietly, but with great impact.

3. Put people first.

Tom was a friend. He was engaging and charismatic and left you feeling he would do anything for you. The type of friend we all hope to be. He cared deeply about his family, his friends, his employees and his colleagues. He was genuine and it showed.

4. Laugh out loud.

Tom had an infectious laugh. The kind of laugh you could recognize across a crowded room. A laugh that couldn’t help but make you laugh. It was impossible to be in a bad mood around Tom. It simply wouldn’t last. He reminded us to enjoy life and not to take ourselves too seriously.

5. Live in the moment.

Tom lived a big life. He leaned into life before it was in vogue. He worked hard, played hard, traveled, enjoyed his friends, loved his family. He set a great example for us and reminded us to live in the moment. We don’t know how many moments we’ll get.

We’ll miss you, Tom. Thank you for your tremendous friendship and the example you set for all of us. When we listen carefully, living in the moment, we know we’ll hear your laugh.

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