Wayne Frey remembered

January 19, 2007
By Theresa Schmidt

It's a cold, grey day in Lake Charles as family, friends and colleagues gather at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church to bid farewell to Wayne Frey, Chief Felony Prosecutor for Calcasieu Parish.

Law enforcement, the judicial community and other public officials came out in force to remember a man whose distinguished career as a prosecutor spanned nearly three decades.

Rev. Whitney Miller spoke of Frey's religious faith and spirited support of his alma mater LSU,  much like the drive he possessed as a prosecutor. "No wonder he liked so much the text from the victory song of his beloved alma mater. Give it all of your might as you fight tonight and keep the gold in view."

His brother Christopher Frey spoke of Wayne's courage as he faced his cancer.  "We all thought he would beat it. We all did. None of us thought this would happen, but it wasn't meant to be. Wayne Frey-- great lawyer, great father, great son, great uncle and great brother," he told those gathered in the church.  "May you rest in peace. We'll see you on the other side."

From the church, the hearse carrying Frey's body made a final pass by the Calcasieu District Attorney's office that was so much a part of his life. Co-workers, courthouse employees, friends and law enforcement lined the street as the procession passed by amid flashing lights and wailing sirens-- a tribute to honor a life dedicated to public service.

Frey had been hospitalized for a head injury and was then discovered to have terminal cancer. He died Sunday in a Baton Rouge hospital at the age of 53.  Frey will be buried in Baton Rouge.