Born in Baltimore and raised in Bolton Hill, he was a 1954 City College graduate. He attended the Johns Hopkins University, where he was a member of the Delta Phi fraternity. He served in the Army National Guard.
He worked in commercial insurance and joined the old U.S. Fidelity and Guaranty Co. about 1960. He became assistant casualty manager of Poor, Bowen, Bartlett & Kennedy, an insurance brokerage in downtown Baltimore. He was later a vice president with Wetzel & Co. He then returned to Poor, Bowen, Bartlett & Kennedy as a partner. He retired in 2003.
Mr. Alfriend lived for many years on Lanvale Street in Bolton Hill. He was active in the Mount Royal Democratic Club and worked in political campaigns.
"He was a wonderful, gregarious, delightful Bolton Hiller," said a friend, former state Sen. Julian L. Lapides. "He worked hard and was always promoting the neighborhood."
Mr. Alfriend was a vice president of the Mount Royal Improvement Association and a charter member of the Bolton Hill Swim and Tennis Club. He was also an organizer of the Rutter Street Art Festival, an event once held behind the Maryland Institute College of Art.
"He was a friendly, welcoming person who liked to greet newcomers to the neighborhood," said a son, Jesse Hunter Alfriend Jr. of Baltimore.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Episcopal Church, 1407 Bolton St.
In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Barbara Berean; another son, Samuel Alfriend of Timonium; three daughters, Emily Elizabeth Alfriend of Baltimore, Lisa Hunter Haines of Severna Park and Sarah Rouse Ebert of Sparks; a brother, Theodoric B. Alfriend of Pasadena; and nine grandchildren.