Harry A. Freiberg, a long time resident of New Orleans, passed away peacefully at his home on February 21, 2014. He was 97 years old. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Harvard University. He left Harvard and moved to New Orleans during the Great Depression to work in the family lumber business and quickly became part of the fabric of his adopted city. He was involved in the earlier days of the Community Chest and then the United Way and was active with the Boys and Girls Club of New Orleans. He was noted for his interest and expertise in saltwater tropical fish and gardening. He was an avid and successful orchid grower and the gardens at his Bayou St. John home were well known. When he moved to an apartment, he donated his collection of prized orchids along with other rare plants to the New Orleans Botanical Gardens at City Park. He was pre-deceased by his wives Edna Bottolfson Freiberg and Peggy Loeb Freiberg and his long-time companion Lillian P. Smith, as well as his daughter Jill Freiberg Kemp and a brother John L. Freiberg. He is survived by a son Harry A. Freiberg III of Brooklings, Oregon, a sister-in-law Norma L. Freiberg of New Orleans, La. and his nephews Billy, Randy, Peter, and John Freiberg, Jr. Private graveside services took place at Metairie Cemetery on Monday February 24, 2014 at 2PM with Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn of Temple Sinai officiating. Memorials to Touro Infimary preferred. Tharp-Sontheimer Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Online memorials at www.tharpsontheimer.com
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Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Feb. 23 to Feb. 25, 2014