Freia David was the go-to french fry bagger at her town since 1984 and when she decided to hang up her apron, her retirement became the talk of the town.
Freia David was a star in her town. The people from the small town of Needham, Massachusetts, often headed to their local McDonald's where they were greeted by Freia for almost 32 years. The beloved employee, who had Down syndrome, greeted every customer with a smile for more than three decades. Unfortunately, David passed away on April 30 at the age of 55. As reported by Fox News.
David was the go-to french fry bagger since 1984 and she had been working at the same McDonald's outlet for over 3 decades. "Her job was her life," her mother Anneliese had earlier told Boston Globe in 2016.
She landed the job at McDonald's' after a nonprofit "Charles River Center" helped her out where she spent most of her adult life. The organization helps adults with developmental disabilities find jobs, housing, and recreational programs.
David had always been keen to learn and went to classes at the Charles River Center from the age of three and "throughout her life this outstanding organization helped her to grow. For the last fifteen years, she was helped, supported, and allowed to blossom as a resident of a group home," the obituary read. Her family members thanked the non-profit organization and McDonald's.
Freia David who is retiring from her job at McDonalds in Needham after 32 yrs gets a kiss by her mother Anneliese pic.twitter.com/eEujYB9EXB— David L. Ryan (@GlobeDavidLRyan) August 29, 2016
“Freia was born to a loving family, having Down syndrome, but this never slowed her down. She graduated from Needham High School, participated in Special Olympics, had many friends, and enjoyed music, movies, and Mickey Mouse,” her obituary stated. The cause of her death, announced in the Boston Globe’s obituary section on Sunday, was not released.
According to the publication, David would work for five days a week, always on time, preparing fries for hungry customers. And she would ensure spending time with her mother and friends for lunch on Saturdays. When David decided to hang up her apron, her retirement had become the talk of the town.
“It was nice, I’m really happy,” David told CBS Boston at the time about her retirement. “I like all my friends here.” Meanwhile, her family members remembered her for "serving up spectacular French fries, teasing her co-workers, and greeting everyone with a smile." They also claimed that "her retirement party was so well publicized that she became a minor celebrity."
Her fame was so talked about that even then-Presidential candidate and former First Lady Hillary Clinton had spoken about David and her truly inspiring story. “Now, if you want some proof, let me tell you this story. It’s a story of a woman named Freia David...I’ve carried a copy of that [Boston Globe] article around with me because I loved it so much,” Clinton said at the time, according to the newspaper.
After the news of David's death was made public, Clinton expressed her condolences, taking to Twitter. She wrote: "I'm so sorry to hear of Freia David’s passing. I came to know her story when the Boston Globe reported on how a little retirement party to mark 32 years at McDonald's became a 100-person celebration, so loved was Freia. Her life reaffirmed our differences only make us stronger."
I'm so sorry to hear of Freia David’s passing. I came to know her story when the Boston Globe reported on how a little retirement party to mark 32 years at McDonald's became a 100-person celebration, so loved was Freia. Her life reaffirmed our differences only make us stronger.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 8, 2019
Her memorial service will be held on June 18. You will be missed, Freia.