CANAAN/NORFOLK >> Savage Crowell Frieze, Jr., 89, of Canaan and Norfolk, formerly of Englewood, New Jersey, New Malborough, Massachusetts and Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Feb. 18, 2013 at Geer Retirement Community, where he resided for two years.
He was born in Staten Island, New York on July 29, 1923, and grew up in Colebrook. Sav attended the Malcolm Gordon School in Garrison, New York, The Salisbury School, Salisbury, and Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. He was married in 1946 to Patricia Lowe Frieze, who predeceased him in 2004. They met at a horse show as children in Colebrook.
Mr. Frieze worked as a mechanic on the first helicopter with Igor Sikorsky in Hartford. He served as a mechanic in the US Army Air Corp in the Mediterranean and Russia during World War II. When he returned from the War, he went to work for Lowe Paper Company, owned by his wife Pat's family. He worked for Lowe Paper Company from 1946 until 1984 when the company was sold. He loved to tell people he started as a sweeper in the paper mill and retired as Chairman of the Board. During the mid-sixties Mr. Frieze was a Councilman, President of the City Council and Council Supervisor to the Fire Department for the City of Englewood, New Jersey. He was a volunteer to the Red Cross and Community Chest Organizations for many years. From 1970, Mr. Frieze was a member of the Board of Trustees and subsequently Chairman of the Board for the Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, New Hampshire, where they named the Headmaster's House after him. He became dedicated to the school after his son attended, and he actively supported the school until his passing. He was a volunteer fireman with the Colebrook and with the New Marlborough (Massachusetts) Fire Departments over the years.
Mr. Frieze is survived by his three children, Wendy Frieze, Charlotte Frieze Jones and the Reverend Savage C. Frieze III and three grandchildren: Rebecca, Frederica and Sara Catherine and three great-grandchildren: Cooper, Caitlin Patricia and Charlotte Jameson.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Cardigan Mountain School, Canaan, N.H., the New Marlborough (MA) Volunteer Fire Department, Geer Nursing and Rehab and Geer Village in Canaan, CT.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 26 at 1 p.m. at the North Canaan (CT) Congregational Church, 172 Lower Rd., East Canaan, CT.
Arrangements have been made through the Newkirk and Palmer Funeral Home, Canaan, CT.
Published in The Register Citizen on May 9, 2013