Fairlawn Mortuary


Donald J. Freitas

January 9, 1934February 4, 2021

Donald “Don” J. Freitas, 87, of Fairhaven passed away Thursday, February 4, 2021 in his home. He was the husband of Claire A. (Levesque) St. Gelais and the late Jeannette (LeBlanc) Freitas.

Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Joaquim and Georgina (Pacheco) Freitas he was a longtime area resident and a former resident of N. Fort Myers, FL. He was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church, Fairhaven.

Don worked for Polaroid in shipping and receiving. In his spare time, he enjoyed bowling. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Donna Rezendes of Port Charlotte, FL and a son, Donald G. Freitas of North Port, FL; a sister, Clara Camara of Bridgeport, CT; stepchildren, Elaine Lebeau of Freetown, Raymond St. Gelais of Seekonk, Ernest St. Gelais of Colorado Springs, CO, Maurice St. Gelais of Westport, and Valerie Yergeau of Milford, CT; five grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 13 step grandchildren; 15 step great grandchildren; and 4 step great great grandchildren; and 2 nephews. He was the father of the late Wayne M. Freitas and the brother of the late Geraldine Freitas.

His Memorial Mass will be held at a later date in St. Joseph’s Church, Spring St., Fairhaven. Arrangements are by WARING-SULLIVAN at FAIRLAWN, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven, MA 02719. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or For online tribute and updated service information:


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Robert G Bouchard

February 14, 2021

I worked with Don at Polaroid in the same office for many years. He was a great guy who will be surely missed. I have many fond memories of our time working together.Our deepest sympathies to the Family . Gisela and Bob Bouchard

Michael Millard

February 14, 2021

Don and I worked together at Polaroid (NB1) on the loading dock. I started in 1972 and left the department several years later. I have the fondest memories of a man who I characterize as kind, humble, genuine and so easy to be around. It's been 40+ years since I left Polaroid NB but I still have a clear picture of Don in my mind. I still remember him with great fondness and admiration. He is in my thoughts and prayers.

Janice Labrie

February 12, 2021

So sorry for your loss, Ma Tante Claire. Please extend my sympathy to the family.

Janice Labrie

Kathleen Giesta

February 12, 2021

Don, Donna and Family...
Sorry for your loss..🙏🥲
Our thoughts and prayers are with you All.
May he rest in Eternal Peace and fly high with All the Heavenly Angels🙏😇❤️
Mike and Kathy

Louise Trial

February 12, 2021

Louis and I are sorry to hear that Mr. Freitas has passed away. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Sending love.

Roxy Fletcher

February 12, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with you Don and Your family.. May He RIP.. So sorry for your Loss, xoxo

Nancy (McLeod) Lewis

February 8, 2021

Don and Donna, so sorry to hear about your dad's passing...our thoughts in friendship are with you and all... Nancy and Mike