Bruce Dennis Frech of Sussex Borough, N.J., died peacefully at home with his loving family by his side on Wednesday Nov. 11, 2020. He was 89.
He was born in Sussex Borough at Alexander Linn Hospital on Dec. 18, 1930.
A life-long resident of Sussex, Bruce graduated from Sussex High School in 1949 and married his high school sweetheart, Betty Jayne Klaus, on Feb. 18, 1951.
Bruce was proud to have served in the U.S. Marine Corp and to have been a member of American Legion Post #213 for 67 years. A past chief of the Sussex Fire Department, Bruce was honored to be a Grand Marshall at the Sussex County Fireman’s Parade held in Sussex Borough on Oct. 1, 2016.
Bruce is survived by his wife; daughter, Cindy Howlett; granddaughter, Jackie Bodnar, and her husband, Mike; and his great-grandson, six-year-old Alex Bodnar.
He is predeceased by his son, Bruce D. Frech Jr., on July 20, 2011; father, Walter Frech; mother ,Mildred Dennis Frech; brother, Douglas Frech; and sister, Shirley Haffner.
Ed Meyer, the mayor of Sussex Borough, said of him: “He served our community and nation well during his life. He was a well-respected member of our community. I have lowered the flags on all municipal buildings in his honor. I will be recommending Bruce for the Kathern Little life time service award we establish last year in memory of former Mayor Little.”
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sussex Fire Department.
Cremation has taken place. Private burial will be at the convenience of his family.