TRUMBULL – Noted businessman and philanthropist Ernest C. Trefz died Saturday morning at 84, family members confirmed.
Trefz was best known for managing 44 area McDonald’s restaurants as the longtime CEO of the Trefz Corporation, a family property management business.
As the mogul earned he also returned, donating to the University of Bridgeport School of Business that bears his name, and to other causes.
“I am more than proud that I have been able to play a role in the past, present and now the university’s future,” he told Hearst Connecticut Media at the school’s unveiling in 2014. “By giving back, I’m giving forward.”
Trefz served on the university’s Board of Trustees for over 30 years.
Through an eponymous foundation, the Trefz family has supported everything from scholarships for the Barnum Festival king and queen, to the Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk.
In a phone call Saturday evening, his wife, Joan Trefz, said that the details of the wake, Wednesday, and memorial service, likely next Sunday, will be released soon in an obituary soon.