Maurice “Maury” Loeb Froelich passed away peacefully on Monday, April 25, 2022, at his home in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born on September 8, 1928, in Los Angeles, California, to Myron Froelich and Margie Reese Froelich. The family moved from Los Angeles when his father received a promotion and relocated to New York, N.Y. in 1941.
He went to public school in Manhattan where he excelled academically and was the forward on his school’s championship soccer team, graduating valedictorian of his class in 1948. He attended New York University, graduating in 1951. After graduation he enlisted in the Army and attended Office Candidate School in the Signal Corp at Fort Dix, New Jersey.
Maury married the inimitable Jaqueline Weill on April 19, 1952, in New York City. They celebrated with an reception held at the Plaza Hotel. Shortly afterward he was stationed overseas to Korea. He served as a First Lieutenant in the Signal Corp, United States Army, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
After returning from the war, Maury and Jackie lived in Los Angeles where he worked for Calvert Distillers. In 1959 he was hired by Eder Brothers, a spirits and wine distributor in Connecticut. Maury was the executive vice president of sales until his retirement in 1995.
Their sons, Mark and Michael, were born in Los Angeles in 1954 and 1958 respectively. The family moved to Westport, Connecticut, in 1961. They loved the scenic town, sailing on the Long Island Sound and swimming at Compo Beach and Longshore. They were members of the Temple Israel in Westport. Maury participated as a Boy Scout leader and Little League coach. Maury and Jackie enjoyed traveling, including the many Eder Brothers trips and celebrations. Their house was filled with artwork, much of it done by Jackie, an Art Education graduate of the University of Bridgeport, and they took advantage of the many area art venues and exhibitions.
After retiring, Maury dedicated himself to volunteering for the Norwalk Hospital three days a week. He served on the Norwalk Hospital Volunteer Board for fifteen years, and as the Communications Chair of the Stripe newsletter for over fourteen years. He received a special recognition for serving more than 7500 hours of volunteer service. He lived in Westport until 2019 when he relocated to Kansas City, Missouri, to be close to his sons.
Maury was proceeded in death by his parents, his wife of 65 years, Jacqueline Weill Froelich, and his sister, Roslyn Froelich Huppert.
He is survived by his son, Michael Lehman Froehlich and wife, Rebecca Jane Richardson of Kansas City, and son, Mark Weill Froehlich of Kansas City.
Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans or the Veterans Community Project in Kansas City.
Arrangements in care of Bross & Spidle Funeral, Excelsior Springs.
Our Sincere Condolences
We loved him and his wife Jackie very much. We will remember the times we shared for the rest of our lives. Such fun and beautiful memories. Our sincere condolences to Mike, Becky and Mark.
Samuel and Chris Hagan