George "Doc" Fregeau

George 'Doc' Fregeau
Retired Fitchburg firefighter, Navy Vet; 70

LEOMINSTER -- George "Doc" Fregeau, 70, of Leominster died Tuesday, November 12, 2013 surrounded by loved ones at St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, from complications due to a lengthy illness.

Mr. Fregeau, retired Fitchburg firefighter, was born in Fitchburg on July 4, 1943, to George and Alice (Mossey) Fregeau. He lived in North Leominster until he was 8, when moved to Mason, NH. He resided there until he entered the U. S. Navy at the age of 17.

He attended Mason Elementary School and Spaulding Memorial High School in Townsend. He graduated from Spaulding in 1961, at which time he entered the U.S. Navy. During his Navy years, Mr. Fregeau served in the Cuban Blockade and later in Vietnam where he received the Purple Heart. Upon completing active duty with the Navy, he joined the Navy Reserve, was a Navy Corpsman, and a life member and former Chaplain of the North Central Marine Corps League.

Mr. Fregeau dedicated his life to serving his country and selflessly helping others. Over the years he was an EMT, a member of the National Ski Patrol, a retiree from Fitchburg Fire Department, a member of the Leominster Lions, he managed the local Toys for Tots program, passed the boot for the MDA, and served the NEADS organization where he trained service dogs and co-founded Canines for Combat Vets.

His many hobbies included woodworking, restoring old furniture, restoring classic cars, working in his yard, and he loved training service dogs with the NEADS program. Every September 11th you would find his front lawn blanketed with American Flags in honor of those lost in the 9/11 terrorist attack.

Mr. Fregeau is survived by his loving wife of 18 years whom he adored, Karen (Connor) Fregeau; two daughters, Cheryl Almeida and her husband, Dave, and Tammy Perrault and her husband, Mark; six grandchildren, Tiffany Almeida, Matthew Almeida, Monica Almeida, Zachary Perrault, Erica Perrault and Joshua Perrault; one sister, Nona Guillemette and her husband, Bob; a brother-in-law, Kevin Connor and his wife, Marianne; and many nieces and nephews.

FREGEAU -- Calling hours are Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Road, Fitchburg. There will be a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. on Monday at St. Bernard at St. Camillus Church in Fitchburg, and Mr. Fregeau will be laid to rest at the Veteran's Cemetery in Winchendon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Canines for Combat Vets or the Marine Corps League.

Funeral Home

Brandon Funeral Home - Fitchburg
305 Wanoosnoc Rd.  Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 343-4444

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2013