David E. FREY
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FREY, David E. Age 65, passed away at his home in Santa Rosa, CA on March 16, 2015. He was born in San Francisco in 1949, a son of Donald and Marjorie Frey. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Sally Frey; a daughter, Sandy Frey; a sister, Diane Frey; a nephew and three nieces; and a sister-in-law, Barbie Matthiesen of Oceanside. Dave grew up in Santa Rosa, attended St. Eugene's, Santa Rosa High School Santa Rosa Junior College, and San Jose State. He worked in marketing for 30 years. Dave was a world renowned Dixieland Jazz banjo player, inducted into the American Banjo Hall of Fame in 2009. He is remembered as an incredibly positive and creative person. A funeral mass will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2015 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1244 St. Francis Rd, Santa Rosa. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 22nd followed by a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Ave. Santa Rosa. If desired donations can be made to the American Banjo Museum, 9 East Sheridan Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73104 or to Schools Plus, P.O. Box 14714, Santa Rosa, Ca. 95402.

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Published in Press Democrat from Mar. 19 to Mar. 20, 2015.
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March 29, 2015
Just learned of Dave's passing. So sad and too soon. A wonderful childhood friend leaves my childhood memories a bit hollow, now. With deepest sympathies.

Pete van Dyk, Valparaiso, Indiana
March 28, 2015
Sally and Sandy, I wish I had known of his service, I sure would have been there to join in his memorial service. Sandy, I remember when you were born. You were truly one of your father's greatest blessings. Sally, you have been a faithful wife over the many years, especially during the season his health began to decline. We were always going to have lunch together, but I never heard a report after his last hospital stay.
March 27, 2015
My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family~lots of love~
Sue Anderson
March 26, 2015
@ F.I.G.A. CHICAGO w/Buddy Wachter, Dave Frey, & Dave Marty
Dave Marty
March 26, 2015
@ F.I.G.A. CHICAGO w/Buddy Wachter, Dave Frey, & Dave Marty
Dave Marty
March 26, 2015
2011 NOVEMBER 16 AS GUESTS @ THE EAST BAY BANJO BAND
Dave Marty
March 26, 2015
2012 F.I.G.A. IN ST. LOUIS
Dave Marty
March 25, 2015
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Donna (Ingram) Geney
March 25, 2015
My condolences to the family with love and blessings to all.
Nancy Black
March 24, 2015
Sally, my sincere condolences to you and your family. Sorry to hear of your husband's passing.
Rafelina Maglio
March 23, 2015
So sorry to read of Dave's passing. My thoughts go out to you Sally and Sandy. I remember the day he sang Happy Birthday to me at the Little Bird.
Marie Fowler
March 23, 2015
you left this world a better, happier place
tricia craven worley
March 23, 2015
A true gentleman, who contributed so much through his music, publications, and generous and kind nature.
Douglas Back
March 23, 2015
One of the most positive of persons I have ever known. May he rest in peace.
Philip Eggers
March 22, 2015
Although I only saw you occasionally when I could make some of the Banjo Conventions, it was always a pleasure. You will be missed by many. RIP, Dave Frey.
Marcy Grosser-Mazor-Scott
March 22, 2015
Thinking of you And all the great memories we have of Dave.love Fred and Deb.
Fred Dodd
March 22, 2015
A big loss for the Banjo community... his book on "How To Play The Plectrum Banjo" has launched a lifetime of musical fun for hundreds of new banjoists.
Jack Pavuk
March 22, 2015
Play on, Dave!
Dick Karner
March 22, 2015
He was a gentleman who was always positive, never had anything negative. You will be missed Dave.
Steve Caddick
March 22, 2015
Maria and I loved knowing Dave and enjoyed watching him perform. He was a very kind and very funny. This world will miss Dave.
Gary and Maria Hicken
March 22, 2015
We me for the first time in at Pete FIGA and you left a lasting positive impression. Your books are the best. And your upbeat attitude was contagious. I miss you sir. God got the best of this deal! He will enjoy you forever now. Captain Mike
Capt. Mike moe
March 22, 2015
Dave!!! I love you man. Do you remember the weekend when we played three gigs together, with three separate bands?
Allan Grissette
March 22, 2015
An absolutely top shelf person in every respect. He will be greatly missed.
John Bernunzio
March 21, 2015
Dave was one of those few people you meet in life that makes life so much more meaningful. Thank you Dave for being who you were.
John Mumford
March 21, 2015
The banjo world will never be the same without you Dave! Rest in Peace.
Debb & Bud Johnson
March 21, 2015
We were shocked and saddened to hear of Dave's passing. We met Dave at several banjo events around the country and always enjoyed his gift of music. A few years ago in Buffalo, NY we enjoyed a boat ride on the Erie Canal with him playing the banjo. We always looked forward to seeing Dave at the events. He will be missed.
Our prayers go out to Sally and family.
Bob & Phyllis Stone
March 21, 2015
What a great person and banjo player! He was so much fun to have on gigs with his hat and his smile..not to mention his talent. He will truly be missed'
Tom and Adaire Leps
March 21, 2015
Dave and I had a very special relationship both musically & personally. As a student he was top-notch and as a musical partner he was unbeatable. I am privileged to have been his buddy. My sincerest heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends. I will truly miss him and his sense of humor.
Dave Marty
March 19, 2015
My condolences Sally. It was a pleasure reconnecting with Dave after so many years and I am so sad to hear of his passing.
Peter Pelham
March 19, 2015
Dave was the most cheerful man I have ever met. Always upbeat and friendly. I will miss hearing that voice and hearing that banjo playing. God bless you Dave. You were an amazing individual.
Jan Johnson
March 19, 2015
Dave was always great, and especially supportive when I began learning banjo. I'll sure miss him.
Bob Embry
March 19, 2015
I enjoyed getting to know Dave when I worked in Santa Rosa with Sally. He was a genuinely great guy who loved his family and his music and had a strong spririt. My condolences to Sally and her family.
Linda Engstrom
March 19, 2015
I was shocked to hear of this very sad news. Dave was a special person and I was privileged to be his friend. My condolences go out to Sally.
Doug Pavese
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