Cremation services for man killed by garbage truck will be held privately.
Monday, December 10, 2012
The following obituary for James Friedberg was submitted by the Ferguson Funeral Home in Sussex. James Friedberg, 71, died unexpectedly on Dec. 7 in Sparta. Born to Gustav and Maria Friedberg in Germany, he had lived in Sparta for many years. Friedberg served with the United States Navy during peacetime and then worked as the Animal Control Officer for Sparta Township for 37 years before retiring. He was a member of the Sparta Senior Citizens and the Sparta Evangelical Free Church and enjoyed collecting coins, bugs and butterflies and had many large collections. Friedberg was predeceased by his wife, Marie Friedberg (2012) and his mother, Maria Friedberg (2012) and was the devoted father of James W. Friedberg of Hartford, CT, Regina M. …
Former co-workers remember James Friedberg as a thoughtful, caring person with a big sense of humor.
James Friedberg was the type of guy everyone knew and loved. He had a big heart and sense of humor, and never let anything get in the way of his love for animals and his job. The 71-year-old Sparta resident who was struck and killed by a garbage truck on Friday had devoted nearly half of his life working in the township as the Animal Control Officer. Although he retired 13 years ago, he made a lasting impression in the community and is remembered by his coworkers as someone who is "irreplaceable." "He was a good guy, everybody liked him," said Sgt. John-Paul Beebe, who knew Friedberg for 23 years. "He was a good worker, but had a tremendous sense of humor so he fit in with all of us." When it came to rescuing animals in his 33 years …