Man in Pool Was Founder of ClearVision Optical

Frederick Friedfeld, left, at a surprise 85th birthday party at his company ClearVision Optical in 2012 with his son Peter Friedfeld in a picture taken from ClearVision's Facebook page.

East Hampton Town police are continuing to investigate the death of an elderly man who was found in a pool on Friday morning, but Capt. Chris Anderson said Monday the 87-year-old's death does not appear to be criminal.

A family member discovered Frederick Friedfeld, a retired Long Island businessman, in the pool at 19 Green Hollow Road in East Hampton on the morning Friday morning at about 6, Captain Anderson said. His family removed his body from the pool and called 911.

Police responded along with personnel from the East Hampton Village Ambulance Association. He was dead on arrival, and the Suffolk County Medical Examiner's office was called.

"The appearance is that he fell into the pool," Captain Anderson said. "It does not appear to be suspicious."

A resident of Boca Raton, Fla., Mr. Friedfeld was visiting family, police said. The house is owned by Patrick McLaughlin and Peter Friedfeld, his son, according to the town tax receiver's office.

Mr. Friedfeld was chairman emeritus of ClearVision Optical, a Hauppauge business that designs and distributes eyewear. A Navy veteran, he founded the company in 1949, according to its website. His children, including Peter Friedfeld, now run the business.

His death was announced on ClearVision's Facebook page on Monday morning. A message left for his family at the office was not immediately returned.

Detectives are continuing to investigate.

Note: An earlier version of this story attributed Mr. Friedfeld's death to drowning, which had not been determined at the time of writing.