Friday, January 17, 2020
37-year-old Nathaniel Frey of Hellertown, Pennsylvania passed away on New Year's Eve at a local hospital. His family made sure that his most passionate hobby - fishing - was made aware to the funeral director, David Heintzelman.
For the viewing on January 3, Frey’s casket was placed inside Frey’s own 16-foot aluminum fishing boat, which had been passed down from his grandfather and father. His casket was then transported from the church to the cemetery in his brother Jeremy's fishing boat. Joshuah Thompson, Frey's cousin, believed that he would be highly pleased with the service, claiming that Nathaniel had once texted him, "When It’s My Time, Take Me In My Fishing Boat."
Frey's family and friends are now planning to continue his annual fishing trip up to the Salmon River in Oswego County, a tradition he had been leading for the past 15 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.
See Alexandra Deabler, Avid Fisherman's Family Honors his Memory by Bringing Boat into Funeral Home, Fox News, January 16, 2020.