Loving husband and father Mark Freifeld died on July 26, 2014 after a lengthy and courageous battle with Multiple System Atrophy. He was born on April 23, 1956 in Los Angeles to Daniel and Dolores Freifeld. After 40 years in L.A., he and his family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina.
Mark was an active participant in life. He owned a successful executive search firm, enjoyed discussing politics, economics, and philosophy with his friends, and ran several sprint triathlons. He won the 1970s TV game show Bowling for Dollars with three strikes in a row, beat Wilt Chamberlain at a game of racquetball, enjoyed The Three Stooges, and loved Shabbat dinners with family.
Even as his physical state declined after his 2011 diagnosis, Mark continued to inspire family and friends as he wrote and completed his memoir. Mark was a strong advocate for research funding for MSA and rare diseases, writing to political leaders and encouraging contributions for MSA research at the Mayo Clinic.
Most importantly, Mark loved his family. He loved his wife, of 32 years, Julia. Their marriage was a model for their three children, demonstrating the values of communication, laughter, parties, and family. As MSA took its toll, Mark and Julia continued to show each other unconditional love and respect.
Mark was an inspiring, engaged, funny, and caring father, grandfather, brother, and son. Surviving are his son Jeremy and his wife Jennifer; his daughter Emily and her husband James; his son David; his mother, Dolores; and brother, Richard. He also dearly loved his two grandsons, Noah Freifeld and Max Kotecki.
The family would like to thank Transitions LifeCare (formerly Hospice of Wake County) for their guidance, care, and support. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Multiple System Atrophy Research at the Mayo Clinic at www.markfreifeld.com
Funeral services will be on Tuesday, July 29th, at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh at 12:00pm. A graveside service will follow at Judea Reform Congregation Cemetery in Chapel Hill.