A York man who traveled to New York to cut down and clear trees in the wake of superstorm Sandy died Monday after a tree fell on him in what his family calls “a freak accident.”
David Freberg, 36, co-owned Patriot Tree Service with his cousin. Together, they went to Long Island, N.Y. to help with disaster relief. He died in Suffolk County when a tree he was working on fell on him.
“He was a leader,” said his mother, Eileen Adams. “God was very important in his life. People gravitated to him.”
“He always saw the good in everybody.”
His sister-in-law, Erica Stout, called David a “man not of this time.”
Using words like honorable and honest to describe him, she said they had their “spats.” But, she also called him an angel in disguise.
“I think he was God’s angel,” said Sondra Stout, David’s mother-in-law.
He leaves behind a wife of nine years, Dawn Freberg, and three children: Aiden, 8, Ethan, 3 and 9-month-old Emma.
He celebrated his birthday on Oct. 29.