Thomas Aaron Frey

Thomas Aaron Frey

AGE: 44 • Pattenburg

Thomas Aaron Frey, 44, of Pattenburg died on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown due to complications from injuries while helping others clean up during Hurricane Sandy. He was born in Flemington on March 7, 1968, a son of William H. Frey and the late Merrell Davenport Cleland. He grew up in Tewksbury Township and had lived in Pattenburg for the past 8 years. Tom was a 1986 graduate of Hunterdon Central High School and attended the DuCret School of Arts in Plainfield. He was a US Navy veteran having served aboard the USS Iwo Jima during the late 1980s. Tom was independently employed, especially interested in designing and completing landscaping projects. He was active in helping to wire the sound system for the annual Far Hills Race Meeting at Moorland Farms in Far Hills for several years. Tom was known for always being available to help friends and family with projects, whether building a rock wall, designing a garden, fixing a roof or just helping out. Tom earned the accreditation of master gardener and founded a local garden club in Pattenburg. As a young adult, he gave tours at local camps sharing his knowledge of plant species. He was well versed in birding activities including the counting and study of Whooping Cranes in various parts of the country. Tom was environmentally conscious without being over the top, and had a reputation of perhaps being somewhat stubborn.

He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth Fountain Frey, and his mother, Merrell Davenport Cleland, both in 2002. Tom is survived by his dog and faithful sidekick, Gibbon; his father, William H. Frey and his companion, Marge Schindelar, of Bound Brook; a brother, W. Evan Frey and his wife, Cindy, of Chester, VA; a sister, Betsy Kidd and her husband, Christopher, of St. Louis, MO; a cousin, Jennifer McCarthy and her husband, John, of Denville; his step-father, Andrew Cleland of Flemington; and 7 nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Lamington Presbyterian Church, 355 Lamington Road, Bedminster on Friday, November 23 at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Pattenburg Rescue Squad, 590 Route 614, Asbury, NJ 08802 or the New Jersey Sharing Network, 691 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974. Arrangements are by Layton Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Bedminster.

Published in Courier News on Nov. 7, 2012