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Christopher Thomas Freas

May 08, 1992 - March 01, 2021

Obituary For Christopher Thomas Freas

Age 28, on Monday, March 1, 2021, of Mt. Lebanon.

Beloved son of Thomas and Cynthia; brother of Michael (Caitlin) and Patrick Freas; grandson of Veronica and the late Peter Carozza and the late George and Harriet Freas. Also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Christopher was a 2010 graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School and a 2014 graduate of Clemson University. He enjoyed golf and had a passion for fishing. Friends will be received on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at his Mass of Christian Burial in Resurrection Parish, St. Thomas More Church at 1:00 p.m. Due to the public health crisis, masks and social distancing guidelines must be adhered to. Arrangements handled by the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Chris to Outreach Teen and Family Services, 666 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228.

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Chris sat close to my cube at BNYMellon. Chris was a man of few words; however, when he spoke, his few words were golden. His work ethics, smile, sense of humor always impressed me. Since he was younger than me I always thought of his parents and admired their parenting . Pradeep M.
- Pradip Maheshwari
To the Freas family – We were so very sorry to hear this sad news. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to your family. - Ralph and Darlene Murovich and family
- Ralph and Darlene Murovich and family
I did not work directly with Chris, but in an adjacent function so I was fortunate to come into contact with him regularly, and was always struck by the fact that no matter how busy he was, or how late he was working, he always had a smile and a 'Hi' and asked how you were doing. His friendliness and uplifting smile will stay with me always. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
- Darcy Larimore
Tom- my deepest condolences to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
- Bill Bonner
I didn't know Christopher but my Matt and Patrick were soccer teammates. I'm so very sorry about this unimaginable loss. Debbie and Rod Stevens
- Deborah Stevens
My deepest condolences to your family. I hope the loving memories you have with your son bring comfort and help you all get through this unimaginably difficult time. -
- Aimee Marvel (Invesco)
I had the privilege of meeting Chris when I joined his Team at BNY Mellon about a year ago. When I first started, I had many questions, and always felt bad brothering Chris because I knew how busy he was. However, every time I approached Chris to ask him a question or for his help with a particular problem, he would drop what he was working on to help. He always put the needs of others in front of his own, which is a testament to his character and just shows the type of person he was. He was one of the smartest and well-rounded individuals I have ever met. Wise and mature beyond his years and just an all-around great person. Chris and I shared what I always felt was a special connection, we both had a passion for fishing. Chris loved fishing with every ounce of his soul; it was a part of him. It didn't matter if he was trolling for pelagic gamefish offshore in the Gulf Stream, fly fishing for steelhead in the tributaries of the Great Lakes or throwing top waters for bass on a farm pond, he was just happy to be out on the water doing what he loved. One of my favorite fishing sayings reminds us, "You Only Get One Life, Fish It Well" and I take solace knowing that Chris did. Fair Winds & Following Seas my Friend.
- Andrew Jones
Tom, I am so sorry for you and your family for such a terrible loss. Please accept my deepest and most sincere condolences. With sympathy,
- Yousuf Sattar
Chris was a special person, knowledgeable, curious and always kind. I am grateful our paths have crossed. My deepest condolences to Chris' family and friends. Jolanta Chris was a special person, knowledgeable, curious and always kind. I am grateful our paths have crossed. My deepest condolences to Chris' family and friends.
- Jolanta Galinska
Chris was the type of person who built a connection with everyone he interacted with. No matter who you were, you had something to talk about with him. He always spread cheer and a positive attitude. He will be missed deeply. My condolences to his family and friends.
- Miranda Schneider
Gone Fishin' in Heaven Please don't be sad That I'm not here My lake now calm The water clear A soothing breeze Blows through my hair I'm fishin' now in heaven My troubled times Have now past From swaying boat My ardent cast My love for you Shall always last I'm fishin' now in heaven So think of me And pray today That breeze you feel My way to say Love one and all Help end dismay I'm fishin' now in heaven
- The Baranowski Family
Chris was one of those individuals that you are drawn to and admire, no matter who you are. He was very intelligent and did not hesitate to help others no matter the time and place. He was very genuine and was always interested in others and the things they enjoyed and cared about in life. I know that any time I made a pizza I was sure to get the stamp of approval from Mr. Freas. The world lost a great soul, but I know you are still with us. My condolences to the entire Freas family. Until we meet again, my friend...
- Anthony Ignozzi
Tom and Cindy. We are deeply sorry to learn of Christopher's passing. We are praying for you, Michael and Patrick at this time. We pray the love and comfort of family and friends can give you much needed strength. Barron and Carol
- David Secula
To the Freas family, my deepest condolences. You raised a tremendous young man. He was more than just a colleague, he was a friend to many and universally loved. We will miss him dearly. May he rest in Peace.
- Kurt Kurimsky
Chris was an incredible person. I'll never forget him, and I am grateful for the privilege to have known him.
- Dave Duessel
During my time interacting with Chris at BNY Mellon I learned he was an incredible and smart individual. He always made sure to explain and help in anyway he could with a smile on his face. May his family and friends find peace in this difficult time and may the happy memories you all shared with him bring you solace during this difficult time. Rest in Peace, Chris.
- Anna Tilisky
My deepest sympathy to the Freas family. I continue to pray for you during this difficult time. Although I did not work on the same team as Chris, I was fortunate to work on the same floor as him at BNY Mellon. He always brought a smile to my face when I would chat with him in passing. He was undoubtedly one of the nicest, kindest and most genuine of individuals I knew. May he rest in peace.
- Sarah Hvizdak
Tom & Family - I hope you find comfort in each other at this very sad time. May Chris' memory always being a blessing to you all.
- Matt Schwenderman
Deepest condolences to the Freas family. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this unimaginably difficult time. May you find comfort in one another and in your memories of Chris.
- Jennifer J Ramirez
Tom, Cindy and family, my deepest sympathies on the loss of Christopher. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
- Bob Penvose
Chris was a real rising star at BNY Mellon. A go-getter and kind at heart, always willing to offer help in any way that he can. We will surely miss him at BNY Mellon and my thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.
- David Cosenza
Tom and Cindy, our hearts go out to you and your family. You and Chris are in our thoughts and prayers.
- Joe & Terri Klaja
I am so sorry for your loss. I was so saddened to hear the news. Chris was kind person and always ready to help. I will definitely miss the conversations we would have together regarding sports. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family and friends. -Anudeep Manepalli
- Anudeep Manepalli
I didn't know Christopher but knew of him through my family. Based on everything I know and have read above he was truly a 'Clemson gentleman'. He will be remembered and celebrated this year 'Where the Blue Ridge yawns its greatness'. Sunrise and sunset over Lake Hartwell will remember and celebrate Christopher.
- Anonymous
My deepest sympathy to your family. May his memory be a blessing.
- Jannine Zucker
Chris was a true gentleman and beyond brilliant. He taught me many things over the past two years of working with him that I will forever be grateful for. Tomorrow will be a different kind of Friday for me because he always reminded me to tell my Friday joke. This world will not be the same without you Chris. May you rest in peace and look after us.
- Jackie Lynch
The last time I saw you all was at Uncle George's birthday party. I remember thinking how much the Freas family cousins enjoyed each other and were so happy to be together. I still have the picture when all the cousins lined up in birth date order. There were big smiles all around. There are no words for such an unimaginable loss. Sending you all lots of love and keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
- Carole Ann Boyer
As the comments from our BNYM colleagues have indicated, Chris was not only an outstanding contributor but also a pleasure to work beside. While sharing the same 1st name, we also shared our love for college football, golf, and our ability to converse entirely using the jargon and accent of our fellow native Pittsburghers. In this time of sadness, I cannot express words that will bring comfort and peace to those that love him. I do hope that you will take solace in the enduring effect he had on and the lasting memories that he provided to those that knew him.
- Chris Manning
Chris was a gentleman and diligent co-worker on the projects we shared at work. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
- Cindy Summer
Tom, Cindy, Michael and Patrick - Chris will always be with you in the memories you keep, the stories our family tells, and the love you all hold for him. I truly believe he is in the arms of our grandparents.
- Janet Freas McFadden
Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. Please accept my deepest and most sincere condolences for the loss of Christopher. I will pray for all of you; may God comfort you in these most trying times. God rest his soul, and may his memory be eternal!
- Chris Antypas
Tom, Cindy and family - my deepest condolences and prayers to you at this time. I did not know Chris well, but can tell you as others have stated, Chris always greeted everyone with a smile and will be missed greatly by his colleagues at BNY Mellon.
- Janice Shell
A kind, sweet person gone way too soon. Anytime I would see Chris walking around 32, he always seemed to be wearing a Clemson polo or pullover and would always smile and say hello anytime we crossed paths. Chris was a wealth of knowledge and a valuable resource in Reg and we will miss him dearly. Freas family - you have my sincere condolences and I wish you comfort as you handle this difficult time.
- Abby L.
Dear Freas family, Words cannot express how deeply sorry I am for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Chris for the past 5 years and as I'm sure you've heard from everyone who knew Chris, he was one of the kindest and most intelligent people I've met. Chris and I were roughly the same age, but I looked up to him - the way he treated others and carried himself was beyond impressive. I know that words cannot take away the hurt that you are feeling, but I hope that the good memories of Chris will help ease some of the pain. You will be in my thoughts and prayers and I will never forget the good memories shared with Chris. My deepest condolences, Dylan Ban
- Dylan ban
Dear Tom, I am so sorry for you and your family for such a terrible loss. Hoping happy memories provide some comfort and peace at such a sad time. With sympathy,
- Roselyn Wilkinson
To Tom and Cindy and all the family, I am holding everyone in my heart during this tragic time.
- Susan Freas Rogers
I had the absolute pleasure of having Chris as a mentor and co-worker while at BNYM. He taught me so much and I owe much of what I know today to him. He not only taught me work skills, but also how to be an all around great person. I feel honored to have called him my friend. I will always remember his kindness and great sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Rest in peace, Chris.
- Dominic Colosimo
I had the pleasure of sitting next to Chris for the past few years in the office at work. His positive and enthusiastic attitude each day was contagious. He truly brightened the lives of so many around him, and will be missed very much.
- Brian Paull
Cindy and Tom - Our prayers are with all of you. I remember meeting Chris at dinner one evening - he was a kind respectful young man! May God comfort you and help your family through this difficult time. Best - MaryAnn & Dave Dortenzo
- Dave Dortenzo
Chris was an amazing friend who always knew how to make people laugh. He was warm, welcoming, and always fun to be around. I offer my deepest condolences and will keep the Freas family in my thoughts and prayers.
- Nathan Sharbaugh
Michael, you and your entire family have my deepest sympathy.
- Jeanne White
With prayers and my deepest sympathy, Michael. There are no words to fully express my deep sorrow for the loss of your brother, Chris. May God be with you, your parents and all family and friends of Chris.
- Karen Lewis
Chris will be forever remembered as the kindest and gentlest of souls who found such joy in spending time with family and friends. Rest In Peace Chris. Mary and Emer Marchetti
- Mary
Chris was an extremely kind and selfless person. He always went out of his way to help everyone around him, and I am very thankful to have been able to work closely with him. He was a mentor figure for me and he taught me so much. Condolences to all of his other friends and to the Freas family. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.
- Adam Hough
My deepest sympathy. May your family find peace and comfort during this difficult time. -April Ginsburg
- April Ginsburg
Our sincere sympathies to Chris' family. Our hearts are heavy as we mourn his loss. I always enjoyed our random talks at my desk or at the microwave. Craig (worked with Mike also) and Chris enjoyed sharing numerous fishing stories over the years. Chris will always be remembered as a kind soul. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. -Judy and Craig Cipriani
- Judy Cipriani
My deepest sympathy to you, Michael, and your entire family. Maria Romito
- Maria Romito
Tom and Cindy, I am so very sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you go through this.
- Margie Fassio
We will always remember Christopher's quick smile and kind heart. What a delightful young man. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
- Mary and David Birks
I didn't know Chris that well, but every time I saw him he had a smile on his face, and was always kind. His family and friends in my thoughts and prayers. -Rachel D
- Rachel Dye
Chris will always be remembered as a gentle person with a keen wit who showed kindness to everyone. He was wise beyond his years. I was fortunate to be one of his co-workers at BNY Mellon and he will be truly missed. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family and friends.
- Isabella Corso
I was lucky enough to work with Chris and he was a person with so many great qualities. The Regulatory Reporting group at BNY Mellon will dearly miss him and my sympathies to Chris' family and friends. RIP Christopher T Freas.
- Aravindh S
Chris was always someone I looked up to during my time at BNYM. He was a constant source of not only knowledge and encouragement, but also laughs and great stories. He inspired and pushed me to always learn something new and strive to be the best I could be. You were a pleasure to work with every day, and I will sorely miss our daily "happy hour" runs to Crazy Mocha. May you and your family find peace and comfort during this difficult time.
- Josh Suhey
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Chris was an absolutely extraordinary individual in all facets. The world has truly lost one of the most amazing people I've ever met. I will forever remember him for his kindness, intelligence and humble nature. He has truly left a mark which will never go away. Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for this loss. Please know that I pray for you and your family every day and will continue to pray for you to find peace.
- Marcie Buck
Chris had a kind heart and was a shining star for Regulatory Reporting. I will miss the many conversations we would have together regarding Kiawah Island, SC. He would talk about the many golf and fishing trips he took with his family. I will also miss him filling up the "bird" with spare change when he was having a rough day as his contributions would essentially fund a lot of our trips to Brueggers for bagels. My heart goes out to his friends and family. He will forever be in my memories.
- Ron Gill
Rest in peace, Chris. I will always remember how kind you were to everyone around you. I will definitely miss sharing our fishing and golf stories with each other. My thoughts and prayers go out to Chris' family and friends.
- Jesse Fetchak
Chris's kindness and constant smile brightened many people's lives including mine. I'm grateful to have had the pleasure to know him and to work with him. I offer my sincerest condolences and many prayers for his family and all those grieving and mourning this great loss.
- Betsy Dobbs
My deepest sympathy to all of Chris' friends and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Chris will truly be missed by his BNYM colleagues. He was a great guy to work with and always quick with a joke. Rest in Peace Chris.
- Lisa Podobinski
RIP Chris. I will always remember your smile and how kind you were to everyone. My deepest condolences to the Freas family. My thoughts and prayers.
- Pavan Surabhi
Chris will be deeply missed by his BNYM Family; he had a smile for everyone he came into contact with. I always appreciated how he took an interest in my travels and always looked forward to trading trip recommendations with him. One memory that will always stand out is the Monday after the Pittsburgh Half Marathon of 2019, he told me he had seen me running in the race. He said: "I know there was no way you would have heard me or seen me, but I was cheering for you!". I will always remember that story as an example of his incredible kindness. - Emily Henricks
- Emily Henricks
Rest in Peace Chris and know you are in our thoughts... To his parents - Thomas and Cynthia - I offer my deepest condolences - his BNYM Family will miss him...
- Yessenia "Jessie" Campos
Chris was a beloved team member of the Regulatory Reporting group at BNY Mellon. He was always a gentle person with a smile on his face. The group will not be the same without him but we will always keep him in our memory.
- Amanda Neiser Spinella

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