Larry and Vicki Freda died of the coronavirus on April 24, Murphy said, two days after their 51-year-old son John died on April 22.
Larry had a 24-year career at the former Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery in Newark, Murphy said, after serving in the U.S. military. Then he worked as a guard at West Essex Regional High School, where his children were educated. It would have been a week before his 86th birthday.
Vicki worked for the Township of Fairfield before retiring in 2007 as executive secretary to the mayor and has been described as “the embodiment of what a public servant should be”. She was a den mother in Cub Scouts for her three sons, the governor shared.
“Outside of work, Vicki could handle any request for a Halloween costume, art project, or holiday ornament. She often wrote special poems for family and friends, ”Murphy said.
Grandparents of six grandsons, Larry and Vicki leave behind two sons. Their third, John, was a licensed optician. He died a month before his 52nd birthday, Murphy said.
“Her family talks about her creative soul, her love of writing and drawing and her work on art projects. He was an avid reader and a movie buff, especially of all things superheroes. He loved his family and friends and would spend hours looking for the perfect gifts, ”Murphy said.
The father, described as “funny, thoughtful, intelligent, introspective”, leaves behind three sons: Brian, David and Adam.