Jean-Paul David Freyss
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Virginia Beach - After 80 years of a colorful life fully lived, David Freyss went to be with his Lord and Savior on Oct. 5, 2013.
He is survived by his adoring wife of 49 years Eva-Kersti Freyss, two daughters Eva-Katerine Miller and Anika Wallace, and their husbands Tony Miller and Paul Wallace. He was a wonderful grandfather to 5 grandchildren Jean-Paul, Zachary, Chloe, Noelle, and Seth. He also leaves behind his younger sister Anne Freyss and her children Cedar and Sky of Wellfleet, Cape Cod.
Born in 1933 Morristown, NJ to parents Jean-Paul (Paris, France) and Beatrice (NY State) Freyss, he graduated from Hamilton College, studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, and received his MBA from Columbia University. He served in the army with the Counter Intelligence Corps in Southern France.
David lived in Manhattan working as a commercial producer and director for several advertising agencies. That is where he met his true love, Swedish-born Eva-Kersti Strom. They married in 1964 and had two daughters. Moving to Connecticut, he produced several shows for the Children's Television Workshop and won an Emmy for his work on "Sesame Street." He moved to Virginia Beach to be an executive producer for the CBN program "USam". He also produced Doris Day's "Best Friends", "Gerbert", and several other shows for the Family Channel.
David retired to paint, co-founding The Artists Gallery, and worked with his wife in her photo studio, Foto by Eva. He was involved in many theatre productions, acted, and recorded voice-overs. He loved music and sang in his church choir. He was most at peace while sailing. His warm personality and booming voice will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.
A celebration of his life will be held in Virginia Beach, Virginia at Lynnhaven United Methodist Church, 1033 Little Neck Road on Wednesday, October 16 at 4 p.m. A reception will follow at Seagate Colony, 2830 Shore Drive. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Wounded Warrior Project (P.O. Box 758517 Topeka KS 66675). Online condolences may be registered at www.hollomon-brown.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Oct. 13, 2013