Human Interest New Jersey Couple Married for 62 Years Die of COVID-19 on the Same Day, 2 Days After Son's Death Lawrence "Larry" Freda and Victoria "Vicki" Freda were described as an "inseparable" pair in an online obituary By Gabrielle Chung Published on August 13, 2020 05:24 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Larry and Vicki Freda. Photo: Codey & Jones funeral Home A New Jersey couple described as "inseparable" died from the novel coronavirus just hours apart after losing their son to the same disease two days prior. Newark natives Lawrence "Larry" Freda, 85, and Victoria "Vicki" Freda, 83, were married for 62 years when they died of COVID-19 on April 24, according to their online obituaries. Their 51-year-old son, John Freda, died of coronavirus on April 22. N.J Gov. Phil Murphy honored the trio in a series of tweets on Wednesday, writing, "We remember Larry and Vicki Freda, and their son, John. One family." "Larry and Vicki loved being grandparents, and always had fun," he added. "May God bless these three souls." Larry served in the U.S. Army at an outpost in Europe before embarking on a 24-year career at the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery in his hometown, according to his obituary. He was then a custodian at West Essex Regional High School. RELATED VIDEO: Man Says His Final Goodbyes to Wife of Almost 30 Years Shortly Before She Dies of Coronavirus The patriarch was described by loved ones a "devoted, loving husband" whose "greatest pleasure in life was taking care of and spending time with his beloved wife." "In death, as in life, they were inseparable," Vicki's obituary read. According to relatives, Vicki had numerous roles around the Township of Fairfield. Known for "being a caring, quick-witted, social butterfly," she worked at the Township of Fairfield Municipal Building over a number of years before retiring in 2007 as the executive secretary to the mayor. Couple Married for 53 Years Hold Hands as They Die of Coronavirus on the Same Day The matriarch's varying interests included crafting, poetry and spending time as a den mother in the Cub Scouts for her three sons. Vicki and Larry also "enjoyed their trips to the casino and they always had fun whether they won or lost," the tribute read. In their final years, the longtime couple — who had two sons in addition to John — were full-time grandparents to their six grandsons, according to their obituaries. A licensed optician, John was remembered as a "creative soul" who "loved movies, television, books, and the superhero universe" in his obit. John Freda. Codey & Jones funeral Home Mo. Couple Married 60 Years Die of Coronavirus Less Than an Hour Apart "He was always working on something," it read. "John had a knack for trying to make people feel special. He would spend hours searching for or creating the perfect gift to give someone." John is survived by his three sons. "John was a proud Jersey product all the way," Murphy tweeted on Wednesday. "He was an avid reader & movie buff. John was funny, thoughtful, intelligent, & introspective." As of Thursday, there have been more than 5,247,400 cases of COVID-19 in the United States and 166,700 deaths from coronavirus-related illnesses, according to a New York Times database. As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.