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Richard W. Freeman

Richard W. Freeman, 83  of 7 Cedarview Road, Ipswich, husband of Shirley C. (Savola) Freeman, died  Tuesday, September 27, 2011 in the Essex Park Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Beverly, following his long illness. 

Born in Lynn January 27, 1928, son of the late George and Marion (Damon) Freeman, he was raised in Lynn, a graduate of Lynn English High School. Mr. Freeman enlisted in the Navy during World War II serving  as a  pilot.  Following his honorable discharge  he completed his education at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Tufts University.  Upon graduation, he began a 39-year career at the Marsh & McLennan Companies as an Actuarial Pension Consultant.  In  retirement, he served on the Board of Directors of the Ipswich Savings Bank, and for  many years  served on the Board of Directors of Cable Hospital. 

While Richardís three boys were growing up, he enjoyed coaching youth hockey, baseball and was active in the Boy Scouts.  He also enjoyed tennis, golf, skiing and traveling extensively with Shirley during his retirement years. He was a long time member of the First Church in Ipswich where he  served as Moderator and Deacon and was honored as Deacon Emeritus.

In addition to his wife of fifty-five years, Richard is also survived by his three sons and their families, Scott and Lynne Freeman of Reading,  Dana and Michele Freeman of Norwell,  and Glen Freeman of Ipswich and  seven grandchildren, Kara, Scott, Kyle, Paige, Nina, Thomas and Kevin. He was the brother Eleanor Pearson formerly of Ipswich and Marjorie Hendy and George Freeman both formerly of FL.

His funeral will be held Saturday, October 8, 2011 at noon in the First Church in Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be Friday, Oct. 7 from 4 to 7 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Richardís name to the First Church  Memorial Fund, First Church in Ipswich, Meetinghouse Green Ipswich, MA 01938.

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