Stanley Irving (Buck) Freeman

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Stanley Irving (Buck) Freeman, formerly of Holland, Pa., died peacefully in his home on March 28, 2014. He was 81 years old. For the past two years, Stan resided at Bridges of Mendon, a truly wonderful senior home near Rochester, N.Y. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Beverly, his son and golfing partner John, and his grandson Kyle Schwab. Stan was the son of the late Stanley Irving and Thelma (Matthews) Freeman of Melrose, Ma. He was a 1950 graduate of Melrose High School and a 1955 graduate of Northeastern University, where he earned a BS degree in Biology. Stan served in the Army before embarking on a 30-year career with General Foods Corp., where he worked in research & development as a food technologist. His employment with GF brought him to Dover, where he and Beverly raised their six children. A final work-related move brought Stan and Beverly to Holland, Pa. Following early retirement, Stan briefly apprenticed as a lathe-turner for a decoy carver, an artistic aspiration unfortunately cut short by an allergy to sawdust. Stan was a baseball, cross-country, and ski athlete in his school years, and he imparted his love of sports and the outdoors on his children and grandchildren. He was a devoted family man who made time to attend his children's events and did his best to ensure they found direction in life. He enjoyed stamp collecting, home renovation, evenings playing the piano, and the many trips he took with Beverly in their retirement years. His family will always remember his ability to create a game for every occasion, his special effort to make Christmases memorable, the pick-up ice hockey games he instigated on Moore's Lake, and the many family beach trips, back-packing adventures, and golf outings that he made happen. Stan is survived by his children and their spouses, Carol Eckenbrecht of Felton, Laurel Bunting of Selbyville, Bill and Debbie Freeman of Roanoke, Va. Bob and Laurie Freeman of Fairport, N.Y. and Nancie Sparich of Morrisville, Pa. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Michael (Kelsey) Wilson, Dana and Daniel Bunting, Lindsay, Rachel, and Scot Freeman, Nate and Ellie Freeman, Jacqueline (Matthew) Feldman, Tiffany McLeod, and Erik Schwab; and his great-grandchildren, Dennis and Jocelyn Wilson, Christian Steele, and London McLeod. Stan will also be missed by his brother, Bill Freeman and wife Gwen, of Bedford, N.H., their children, Diane Ricci and Don Freeman; and several longtime friends from his years in Dover. A Memorial Service will be at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 South Bradford Street, Dover, DE. Friends and family are welcome to call one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in memory of Stanley and Beverly Freeman to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (, Radnor Station Building 2, Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087. Letters of condolences may be sent and guest book signed at Home.

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Torbert Funeral Chapels - Bradford Street
61 South Bradford Street Dover, DE 19904
(302) 734-3341
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Published in NewsZapDE on Apr. 20, 2014