February 15, 1931 ~ February 1, 2020

Born in: Rochester, New York
Resided in: Greece, New York

Greece:  Saturday, February 1, 2020 at age 88.  He is predeceased by his parents, Manuel and Isabel; step-father, Joseph Pontes.  Survived by his brothers, Harry (Ethel) Freitas, Lionel (Dotty) Pontes; sister, Alice Gerard; beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and very good friends.

John is a Korean War Veteran who enjoyed sailing, gardening and being a church and band vocalist for many years.  He is a retiree of General Railway Signal Co after 40 years and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

John’s visitation will be held Wednesday, February 5th 4-7 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson 1075 Long Pond Rd.  His Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday, February 6th 10:00 AM at Holy Cross Church 4492 Lake Ave. Rochester, NY 14612.  Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Holy Cross Church or Lollypop Farm in his memory.  For more information and to sign his online guestbook, visit


Visitation: Wednesday February 5, 2020 04:00 PM - Wednesday February 5, 2020 07:00 PM

Vay-Schleich & Meeson - Greece Chapel
1075 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626

Service: Thursday February 6, 2020 10:00 AM

Holy Cross Church
4492 Lake Avenue
Rochester, NY 14612


Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
2461 Dewey Avenue
Rochester, NY 14612

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in John F. Freitas 's name.

Holy Cross Church

4492 Lake Avenue Rochester, NY 14612

Lollypop Farm

99 Victor Road Fairport, NY US 14450

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  1. John was one super individual. Extremely talented and entertaining. Always enjoyable in conversation. He was so impressive as a cousin and friend. Joyce loved to visit and talk to John. Now they can talk forever. My girls always called him “Johnny with the boat”. From the days he sailed. They loved that. Although I haven’t seen John in a while he will be so missed.

  2. Cousin Johnny is now the angel in heaven that he was on earth. My family was always grateful for the time and attention he gave to my grandmother, Lorraine. John was the keeper of family history and memorabilia—I’m richer because he shared that with me.
    You are someone that I look forward to seeing in heaven Johnny! Can’t wait to hear you sing again! Xoxo

  3. Condolences to John’s brothers and their families, and to his many cousins. John was a very kind and caring individual with a great sense of humor. And a great singer too! He will be missed by many. So very sorry to hear of his passing.

  4. I will miss John very much. He was such a good and caring person. I can’t believe he is gone.
    John was a very good friend to my Mom (Molly Quinn) they had many good times together.
    I could never thank John enough for his love and caring for her at the end of her life. I am sure they are up in heven enjoying good times. I also am sure that God has a special garden in Heaven for John to cultivate beautiful flowers.
    My deepiest sympathy goes out to Johns family, I am sure you too will miss him very much. He was a very special person.

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