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Young Chef and Restaurant Owner, Hugh Fregnan, Loses Battle with Brain Cancer

Hugh Fregnan, 1975-2020. (Family photo)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Hugh Fregnan, 45, passed away from glioblastoma (GBM), an aggressive brain cancer, on November 10, 2020.

An accomplished chef, Hugh and his wife Anne-Claire have owned and operated the award-winning Le Refuge Restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia since taking over the legendary operation from Anne-Claire’s family about 10 years ago.

“It all happened so fast,” says heart-broken Anne-Claire. “He was just diagnosed on September 14.”

Hugh Fregnan with his wife, Anne-Claire and daughter Savanna, Christmas 2019. (Family photo)

Loving tributes and cherished memories are being posted all over social media for Hugh who is being remembered as a loving husband, father and son as well as an amazing and popular friend.

Hugh is survived by his wife Anne-Claire, his daughter, Savanna, and his mother, Richelle. There is a viewing scheduled from 11 am to 3 p.m. Sunday, November 15 at Demaine Funeral Home, 520 South Washington Street, in Old Town, Alexandria.

[Editor’s Note: The family will be releasing a more detailed obituary very soon.]


Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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