Rocco R. Freda

1949 – 2009

NORWAY —Rocco R. “Rocky” Freda, 60, husband of Lisa (Whitcomb) Freda, of Sunday River Road, Bethel, died unexpectedly Friday, Aug. 14, in Norway.

He was born in Leominster, Mass., on Jan. 27, 1949, the son of Rocco and Alberta (Leet) Freda, and graduated from Leominster High School, Leominster, Mass., in 1967.

Rocky came to Maine in the mid 70s to work for Agway, running a fertilizer plant in Auburn, and later trained as a dairy nutritionist and crop specialist working at Agway until 1994. He later guided caribou hunts in Canada for Lac Lucault for two years, then opened Sun Valley Sports & Guide Service in 1995 which he was running until his death.

Rocky was a master Maine Guide, a former member of the Bethel Planning Board, president of the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce in 2005 and on the board of directors for seven years, current president of Trout Unlimited and also the Upper Andro Anglers Alliance. Lisa and Rocky received the Governor’s Conference on Tourism Award for Excellence in Tourism for commitment to innovation.

Rocky is survived by his wife of 15 years, Lisa (Whitcomb) Freda, of Bethel; his mother, of Norway; one son, Corey Freda and his wife, Jill, and their three children, Justin, Chelsea and Caleb, all of Leeds; as well as two nieces and five nephews.

Rocky was predeceased by his father; and one brother, Stephen.

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