Condolences for Joseph P. Freitus, Jr.

Donald R. Wallace posted on 1/1/20

R.I.P. Joe.We were classmates in were a good guy.


Mary Majkut posted on 12/29/19

Just recently hearing of this through Beth and Pam. So very sorry for the loss of someone so deeply loved and respected. Mary Majkut


Charlene Dillingham posted on 12/19/19

Dear Anne and family,so sorry to hear of your loss.I don't know why, but for some reason you and Joe popped into my head last week I am thinking of you and hope you are doing okay.


Adam Stueck posted on 12/19/19

I just learned of Joe's passing this afternoon. I, like so many, have many wonderful memories of Joe. Sitting and goofing on the main deck of Susan Constant, or having him try to teach me the art of sail-making, or giving this fledgling writer some tips and advice. My most vivid memory of Joe though occurred this week, nineteen years ago. Joe was part of the group from my and my wife Shawna's JYF family who delivered mountains of gifts to the two of us and our newborn son Logan. Joe held a newborn Logan, laughed, and said: "We are going to make a sailor out of you!" Today, Logan is a nineteen year old college student and yes, he is a sailor as well as he helps a great deal on our family's little boat, "Serenity." A kind man of honor, hard work, and integrity is how my family will always remember Joe.The sea is a bit sadder of a place today, but as he taught so many of us so much, that part of him will be with us when we are out on the water and feel a fair wind.


Lara Templin posted on 12/18/19

I was deeply saddened to hear that Joe had passed away from this life. My sorrow and condolences to his family and friends. I hope our many amazing memories of him will help to ease his loss from our lives. I had the privilege and pleasure of working with Joe for many years at Jamestown Settlement museum in Virginia. He patiently taught me many of the arts of a sailor, including sail sewing. He worked with me on the riverfront site, building a steam box and repairing small boats. He did wonderful hands-on teaching with the many visitors of all ages that came daily. I was always amazed by his stories and life experiences. It seems to me that he did EVERYTHING at one point or another. He embraced every opportunity that came his way and made more happen through his enthusiasm and hard work. His kindness and joy in life brought many friends his way, and we all felt the richer for getting to know him. Even after he left work at the museum, he was a frequent visitor. He would pop up with props from the John Addams movie that they were throwing away after the filming. He would come to share a new piece of research. He would just swing by to say hi. Whatever the reason, we were always happy to see him. I hope that the afterlife brings him fair winds and following seas!