William Steven Frey was born in Lorain on June 26th, 1946 and graduated from Lorain High School. He passed away unexpectedly Saturday, August 17th leaving a legacy centered on his family, community, and country. He served in many capacities as a U.S. Navy Seabee in Vietnam, where he earned the Combat Action Ribbon Award. He was a respected educator, and a member of Rotary International. He was a life member of the American Legion, Amvets, and The VFW. Bill was passionate about teaching, earning an MBA in Education from the University of Akron. He retired from education after 30+ years investing in the future of others. After his retirement from public education, he worked in multiple educational capacities, within the Lorain County correctional facilities. He was preceded in death by parents William and Stella Frey (nee Yager), and nephew Michael Birich. He is survived by his wife Patricia Frey (nee Gavron) of 49 years, their two children Amy Grude (nee Frey) husband Chad Grude, son Adam Frey, and six grandchildren Carly Grude, Keely Kopocs (nee Grude) husband Alex, Cullen Grude, Carter Grude, Kayler Frey, Parker Frey, and two great granddaughters Chloe and Hadley Kopocs, sister Ester Nora Cehelnik, sister-in-law Kathy Trifiletti (nee Gavron) and many beloved nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was a forty-one-year member of Nativity of The Blessed Virgin Mary in South Amherst. Over his life he enjoyed traveling the world, boating, golfing, and bowling. Most importantly he enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and beloved canine companion, Tessy.
Family and Friends are welcome to attend Military Funeral Honors by the Vermilion Veterans Council at 4:15 pm Friday, August 30th, with Mass to follow at 4:30 pm both at Nativity of The Blessed Virgin Mary located at 333 South Lake St South Amherst, OH. Visitation will be immediately following Mass in the Church until 7:30pm. Friends and Family are also invited to enjoy fellowship, and food in the social hall from 7:00pm-9:30pm.
Memorial contributions may be made to The William S Frey Annual Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 220 Amherst, OH 44001.
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