Board of Directors
Vice President and
Leading Community Voice Passes Away
Villa Park, CA – Serrano Water District Board of Directors Vice President Richard “Rich” Freschi, known by many as one of Villa Park’s leading public voices, passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2017. He was 80 years old.
A Villa Park resident for over forty years, Rich was married to his late wife Joy and predeceased by daughter Lisa. He is survived by his daughter Paula and as well as grandchildren.
One of the community’s most active and passionate public servants, Rich Freschi was first elected to the Serrano Water District Board of Directors in 2008 and was subsequently re-elected in 2010 and 2014. Before serving as a Director with Serrano Water District, Rich successfully served on the Villa Park City Council for 12 years, including two stints as Mayor.
Before his career as an elected official, Rich Freschi was founder and acting CEO of two financial planning companies before retiring at 58 years old. He then spent the majority of his life devoting his time and efforts to serving and improving his local community through a number of different programs and leadership positions.
Rich was involved in the creation and implementation of the Villa Park Foundation as well as was responsible for founding multiple civic initiatives including the Villa Park Family Picnic and the Villa Park Clock Tower. He was also involved with many different organizations throughout Orange County including the St. Joseph’s Hospital Leadership Council, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Advisory Council, and the Marines’ Memorial Association.
One of Rich’s favorite quote is “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that’s why we call it the present.” Rich, you will be missed!