David Frieri, 43, of Springfield, NJ, passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. David, better known as Uncle Dave, was born in Summit, NJ and was a lifelong resident of Springfield, NJ. He worked at Springfield Supportive Employment, starred on the Special Olympics swimming, basketball and track teams and was an avid pianist. David brought joy to everyone he met and loved to talk about his favorite things such as shopping at Target, Charlie’s Angels, Dukes of Hazzard and The Munsters. David would chirp about his birthday three months in advance and loved to celebrate Halloween, Christmas and the 4th of July. He may have been 43, but he still lit up when he saw Santa Claus. He touched the lives of so many and his legacy is carried on through his loving mother Rose Frieri (nee Zara); devoted sisters Maria White and husband Robert, Joyce Picone and husband William; caring brothers John Frieri and wife Donna, Frank Frieri, Jr. and wife Sharon and Joseph Frieri; adoring nieces and nephews Jared Potito and wife Jennifer, Aaron Potito and wife Valerie, Morgan Peters and husband Jonathan, Nathan Frieri, Molly Frieri, Jacob Frieri, Julia Frieri, Daniel Frieri, Bethany Frieri, Spenser Frieri , 1 grand niece and 5 grand nephews. He is preceded in death by his father Frank Frieri. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 13th from 2 pm to 4 pm and 7 pm to 9 pm at Bradley, Smith & Smith Funeral Home, 415 Morris Ave., Springfield. Friends and family are asked to meet at St. James Church, 45 South Springfield Ave., Springfield, for the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 14th. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield, N.J. In addition to flowers, donations may be made in David’s name to The Arc of Union County, 52 Fadem Road, Springfield, NJ, 07081.
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