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Harold P. Frey, owned family's electrical business ; April 9, 1921 -- June 12, 2012

A Mass of Christian Burial for Harold P. Frey, who owned and operated Frey Electric Construction Co., will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville.

Mr. Frey died Tuesday in Beechwood Residence, Getzville. He was 91.

A licensed electrician who graduated from Burgard Vocational High School, Mr. Frey took over the family business from his father, Paul, who founded the company in 1945. He was involved in several major electrical projects throughout the area, including the Grand Island Bridge, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University at Buffalo North Campus.

Mr. Frey was a hands-on boss, who credited an employee with saving his life during work on the Grand Island Bridge.

"He tells the story of working on the Grand Island Bridge," said Thomas Whissel, his friend and attorney. "Harry slipped and started to fall off the bridge, and one of his foremen caught him by the ankle. Fortunately, Harry wasn't a large man."

Mr. Frey joined the family business after serving as a pilot in the Army Air Forces in World War II.

He was a member of Park Country Club, where he frequently golfed. He was a member and past president of the National Electrical Contractors Association and was active in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Mr. Frey often volunteered his electrical services to SS. Peter & Paul Church.

"Over the years, the pastors would call on Harry," said Whissel. "Harry was very helpful when something at the church needed to be done."

Survivors include three sons, Kirk, Kent and Scott, and two daughters, Alana Dovornik and Lindsay Suter.

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