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Frederick  William Riesen, Jr.
  • Memorials may be made to
  • The Church of the Holy Cross
    299 Seven Farms Drive
    Daniel Island, SC 29492

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“So sad to hear about Fred's passing. He was one of my pool friends....those stalwarts that swam in the lane next to you, rain or shine, all year long...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Gail Bridgham - Acquaintance

“I enjoyed knowing Fred, working at the Workers' Compensation Commission, he always could make me laugh and loved to watch him shag. He will be...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Patty and family,I am sorry that I cannot attend the funeral today and tell you in person how much I enjoyed and respected Fred Riesen. He was...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: The Rev. William L. (Roy) Hills - SC

“Fred will be greatly missed, we had the pleasure of cooking good BBQ with him and learned the ways of a great chef and entertainer, prayers for your...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Blair Rice - Charleston, SC

“Patty -- please accept our condolences -- We are sorry About Fred -- We haven't seen you guys in a while, but do think of you. You are in our...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Liz & Boyd Loadholt - Mt Pleasant, SC

“Patty, Bob and I are so sorry to learn of Fred's passing. Our heart goes out to you, Trip, Ashley and family. ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Mickie Bond - Moncks Corner, SC

“With Fred's passing we have lost a wonderful friend and the world has lost a wonderful human being. The candle of his life will always burn brightly...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Susan and Paul Garfinkel - SC

“Fred was the consummate gentleman lawyer. It was a pleasure to practice with him for the past 24 years. I will miss our discussions about shrimping...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Johnnie Baxley - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Dear Riesen Family,So sorry to hear of Fred's passing! Fondly remember growing up in St. Andrew's Church and seeing you all every Sunday. Years...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Mary Jordan - Hilton Head Island, SC

“Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength and may loving Angels watch over and keep you! I am so very sorry for...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Christina Craddock - Duluth, GA

“To the Riesen and Knudsen families I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know in your hearts your husband/father will also be with you. ...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Nancy Matozzo - King of Prussia, PA

“I am sorry to learn of Fred's passing. He always did an excellent job representing his clients and he truly was passionate about his work. God's...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Sherry Martschink - Summerville, SC

“My condolences to the family of Fred Reisen. I am a classmate of his and really enjoyed our class reunions and seeing everyone.fred will be greatly...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Anne Bailey Geddings - Sumter, VT


Frederick William Riesen, Jr., 77, of Wando, South Carolina, husband of Patricia Clark Riesen, entered into eternal rest Saturday, November 9, 2019. His Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, November 13, 2019 in The Church of the Holy Cross, 2520 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, at 1:30 pm. Entombment will follow in Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Tuesday, November 12, 2019 in the J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm.

Fred was born August 6, 1942 in Charleston, SC, son of the late Frederick William Riesen and Gwenivere Whaley Riesen.

Fred graduated from Rivers High School in Charleston, South Carolina in 1960. He then attended the University of South Carolina for his undergraduate degree followed by the University of South Carolina School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctorate in 1968. Following law school graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army Reserve where he served for 6 years with the 108th Committee Group and taught light infantry at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina.

Fred's first legal job was with Neighborhood Legal Assistance where he helped people who could not afford legal representation. Years later, he started his own law practice focusing on civil litigation and workers compensation. Over the course of his 50 years as an attorney, he focused primarily on workers' compensation representing workers injured on the job. He was one of 7 founding members who formed what is now known as the Injured Workers' Advocates. The organization's focus was simple, help those injured get the medical care they deserve and help them get back to work so they could maintain their dignity and provide for their families. On November 8, 2019, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Injured Workers' Advocates

Fred main passion was staying in shape and working out. He loved to swim and for 11 consecutive years he competed in the Lowcountry Splash which was a 2.4 open water swim in the Wando River. All proceeds from the event go to the Logan Rutledge Children's Foundation.

Fred also loved shag dancing, growing his beloved roses, shrimping in Bull's Bay and entertaining by throwing a pig picking barbeque every year. He also adored his Labradoodle, Maggie May, who was his faithful companion whether swimming off the dock, jogging or fishing in the Wando river.

Fred was a member of his beloved church family,The Church of Holy Cross on Daniel Island. He was a former member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church and All Saints Lutheran Church.

In addition to his wife of 52 years, Fred is survived by his son, Frederick W. "Trip" Riesen, III and his wife Allison of Mount Pleasant, SC; his daughter, Ashley Grace Knudsen and her husband Michael of Savannah, GA; his grandson, Bryce McInnis Riesen; and his sister, Linda Brown of Laurens, SC.

Memorials may be made to The Church of Holy Cross, 299 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island, SC 29492.