Kevin Frechette, 52, of Howell, died peacefully at his home on Sep 5.t.
Mr. Frechette, who leaves behind a beloved son, Kyle Frechette, also of Howell, a student at Ramapo College, was a senior vice president and general manager at MWW, one of the top ten global independent public relations firms, with offices across the nation including a headquarters in East Rutherford and office in Trenton.
Mr. Frechette ran MWW’s Trenton office and worked for the company for 12 years. As a member of the firm, Mr. Frechette was influential in the creation and funding of NJ211, a toll-free, state-assisted hotline that directs New Jersey residents to available community resources, and was critical in successful efforts to curb the privatization of the New Jersey Turnpike. A respected and knowledgeable figure at the Statehouse in Trenton, noted for his sense of humor, good nature and humility, he was a consultant to many leading New Jersey businesses and nonprofits such as NJCURE, Parsons Brinckerhoff, the New Jersey State Library, the Jewish Federation of New Jersey and dozens of other prominent organizations.
Before joining MWW, Mr. Frechette spent eight years as the deputy director of Press and District Operations in the New Jersey General Assembly Majority Office, where he guided lawmakers on issues of media relations, marshaling district resources, connecting with constituents and overall communications strategies. He also served as chief of staff to N.J. Assemblyman and later state Sen. Joe Kyrillos. Most recently, he was a member of the Finance Committee for Mr. Kyrillos’ campaign for the United States Senate.
Mr. Frechette met Mr. Kyrillos, in a previous career, as a courthouse and political reporter at the Daily Register of Monmouth County. He received a degree in Mass Communications from St. Bonaventure University.
Mr. Frechette was born in Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck and grew up and lived in Monmouth County nearly all his life. He was a product of Holmdel Township Schools and also lived in Little Silver, Red Bank and Howell at the time of this death. Active in politics at a young age, he served in Student Government in Holmdel High School where he also starred in the school’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie.” His family was long-time parishioners at St. Catherine’s Church in Holmdel.
Among friends, Mr. Frechette was known for his sharp wit and sense of humor, but also for the truly selfless way he cared for people. Even while sick, he would visit friends in the hospital as if his illness was irrelevant. Mr. Frechette was noted for being very honorable with a relentless work ethic in every aspect of life; it earned him the respect and love of all he came in touch with. Ultimately, Mr. Frechette had two great passions in life, his son Kyle, whom he doted over and lived for, and music, which he collected and immersed himself in throughout his life.
In addition to his son Kyle, Mr. Frechette leaves behind his parents, Charles Frechette, a former manager at Anchor Glass, and his mother, Virginia Bishop Frechette, formerly the assistant editor of The Catholic Digest, and author of the children’s book, ”Fighting Father Duffy.” He is survived by five loving siblings, all of whom adored him, Pam Galiastro (husband: Frank,); Robin Kjersgaard; Jim Frechette; Charles ‘Chip’ Frechette (wife Donna); Chris Frechette (wife Heidi); Ami Miano (late husband Charles); Kelly Davidson (husband: Alistair), and six nieces and nephews Farrah Rizzo, Jamie and Kristen Galiastro; Ryan Kjersgaard; and Tara and Noah Miano.
Mr. Frechette is a grandson of the late Jim Bishop, the syndicated columnist and author of 22 books, including ”The Day Christ Died” and ”The Day Lincoln Was Shot.”
A memorial gathering will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 6 p.m. until the memorial service at 8:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Funeral Home, 6250 Highway 9.