•New Jersey couple married for 62 years die of COVID-19 on the same day, 2 days after son's death

  • 22 Aug - 28 Aug, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly
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A New Jersey couple described as "inseparable" died from the novel coronavirus just hours apart after losing their son to the same disease two days prior. Newark natives Lawrence "Larry" Freda, 85, and Victoria "Vicki" Freda, 83, were married for 62 years when they died of COVID-19 on April 24. Their 51-year-old son, John Freda, died of coronavirus on April 22. N.J Gov. Phil Murphy honoured the trio in a series of tweets on Wednesday, writing, "We remember Larry and Vicki Freda, and their son, John. One family." Larry served in the U.S. Army at an outpost in Europe before embarking on a 24-year career at the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery in his hometown, according to his obituary. The patriarch was described by loved ones a "devoted, loving husband" whose "greatest pleasure in life was taking care of and spending time with his beloved wife." According to relatives, Vicki was known for "being a caring, quick-witted, social butterfly," she worked at the Township of Fairfield Municipal Building over a number of years before retiring in 2007 as the executive secretary to the mayor.