Louis Freilich, radio technician, banker

Atlantic Beach resident was good with numbers


Louis Freilich, a 35-year Atlantic Beach resident, died on June 26. He was 87.

Freilich was born in Brooklyn and graduated from New York City High School of Aviation in Manhattan before receiving his associate’s degree in radio communications from the University of Wisconsin, while in the Air Force.

He became an Air Force radio technician for and was stationed in Japan. Following his discharge from the military, Freilich then went on to become a banker at Dime Savings Bank in Uniondale, Municipal Credit Union and Bankers Trust Co., both in Manhattan. “He used to keep the books for his dad’s deli in New York City,” said Freilich’s daughter, Janet. “He was good with numbers.”

After meeting his future wife, Elaine Cohan, through mutual friends, the couple was married on Jan. 14, 1951.

According to Janet, her father was kind and smart. “He was considerate of others at all times,” Janet said. “He was also political; he knew all the political platforms of every president from George Washington to George W. Bush.”

Services were held on June 28 at Boulevard-Riverside Chapels in Hewlett and Freilich was interred at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine, daughters Janet Fuchs (Carl Porcaro) and Susan McCormick (Dennis), son Stuart (Kim), and grandchildren Sharika, Alexis, Matthew, Alexander, Jacob, Brittany and Joseph.