September 26, 1940 ~ August 3, 2020

Born in: Port Jefferson, NY
Resided in: Rocky Point, NY

William Howard Freund, 79 of Rocky Point, NY passed peacefully at home with his family at his side on August 3, 2020. Bill is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 60 years, Cornelia (Bergold). He is also survived by his children, William A. and Randy Freund of Middle Island, NY, Neal and Kathleen Freund of Rocky Point, NY and Dana and Robert Prechtl of Rocky Point, NY. He was loving “Papa” to Lynne, Christine, Gus, Ryan, Jonathan, Jeremy, Andrew, Robert, Charles and George. He has 6 Great Grandchildren. Bill was predeceased by his Parents, August and Elizabeth (Bishop) Freund and his brother, Robert Freund of Whitefield, New Hampshire. Bill is survived by a large extended family and many, many friends.

Bill was born September 26, 1940 in Rocky Point, NY, where he lived his entire life. He attended elementary school in Rocky Point when “Joe Edgar” was teacher and principal of the school. He told many stories of getting into mischief with his buddies Richie Cross and Johnny Soltysik who were his lifelong friends. He graduated from Port Jefferson High School in 1958 and worked for Peerless Photo Products in Shoreham, NY, Bergold and Wakefield Farms in Mt. Sinai, NY and Suffolk Sandpit in Setauket, NY. Bill and Cornelia became engaged at her senior prom and were married in April 1960. In 1964 he joined the Suffolk County Police Department where he patrolled Port Jefferson Station and drove car #608 for 20 years, retiring in 1984. In 1967 Bill and Cornelia started Rocky Point Cesspool Service and still was actively involved in the business until he became ill last year.

In 1974 Bill and Cornelia bought a vacation camp in New Portland Maine where they spent all of their spare time with family and friends. He was always working on a project and always the leader of some adventure that ended in lifelong memories for all.

In later years Bill was always seen working in his garden. He always shared the over abundance of vegetables and flowers with neighbors and friends. Being in his garden brought him much joy and peace.

Bill touched the lives of so many people in the community and had many friends. He was a father figure to so many. If you were lucky enough to know him, you had a friend for life.


Visitation: August 7, 2020 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A

Second Visitation: August 7, 2020 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in William H. Freund 's name.

St. Judes Children's Research Hospital

501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN

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  1. Deepest condolences to Kathy and Neal, and the entire Freund family on the passing of their beloved patriarch, Bill.

  2. candleMay you RIP My brother. I will always remember the great times we shared together. You were a great man and will be dearly missed.

  3. I have known Bill since 1976 and I always felt he was like a big brother to me. He taught me many things but most importantly how to have fun and enjoy life. I loved sitting with him and having a few drinks laughing and talking about old memories and no matter how busy he was he always found time to help. I learned good work ethics from watching him run his business all the years I have known him. I remember having my first 7 and 7 with him up in Maine. Bill its been quite a party and you will be dearly missed.

  4. Uncle Bill, I’m sorry I can’t be there to take you out for your last drink at Hartlins. I have fond, fun memories of walking through the woods when I lived in the house on the hill as I call it. I always looked forward to dinner with you and Aunt Cornelia and enjoyed the stories you both told about family and friends. And I enjoyed the trips to Maine. And thank you for helping all through my life when I needed it. I will miss you a lot, but you are at peace now.

  5. Bill,
    Thanks for being the dependable, good-hearted person you were. You were a friend to so many.

  6. candleYou will truly be missed, you were a kind soul. I was just in Maine missed seeing you and your family.

  7. Bill, was an inspiration in my and my children’s lives! We were going through rough times in 1982 and he made plans for us to rent a cabin near their camp in Maine. He took my daughters water skiing and taught them how to stand up, took them fishing too! Bill and Cornelia were an amazing couple with a loving family! They extended their hearts to me and my daughters we will always cherish their kindness and support!

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